86 books from Wales

Welsh Dragon

If you’re interested in reading more fiction by Welsh authors, this list might give you some inspiration. It’s a mix of ‘classics’ and contemporary novels and short stories from across the decades and across genres. But is by no means an exhaustive list. If you think there is a key book missing, do let me know. I’d like to get the list to 100….

And just in case you were thinking I’ve made a huge mistake and left off How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn, it was a deliberate decision. Although Llewellyn’s parents were Welsh he was born in England – claims that he was born in the city of St David’s were disproved after his death.

    1. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen (1890 – revised 1894)
    2. The Hill of DreamsArthur Machen (1907)
    3. The Battle to the Weak, Hilda Vaughan (1925)
    4.  The Withered Root, Rhys Davies (1927)
    5. Rhapsody, Dorothy Edwards (1927)
    6. Winter by Dorothy Edwards (1928)
    7. Cwmcardy  by Lewis Jones (1930)
    8. My Mother’s House by Lily Tobias (1931)
    9. Glastonbury RomanceJohn Cowper Powys (1932)
    10. Selected Stories, Rhys Davies (from 1930s republished 2018)
    11. Country Dance, Margiad Evans (1932)
    12. Turf or Stone, Margiad Evans (1934)
    13. Black Parade, Jack Jones (1935)
    14. A Time to Laugh, Rhys Davies (1937)
    15. We LiveLewis Jones (1939)
    16. Fame is the Spur, Howard Spring (1940)
    17. The Dark Philosophers, Gwyn Thomas (1946)
    18. Off to Philadelphia in the Morning by Jack Jones (1947)
    19. The Alone to the Alone by Gwyn Thomas (1947)
    20. Voices of the Children, George Ewart Evans (1947)
    21. In the Green Tree, Alun Lewis (1948)
    22. All Things Betray Thee, Gwyn Thomas (1949)
    23. Ride the White Stallion, William Glynne-Jones (1950)
    24. Farewell Innocence, William Glynne-Jones (1950)
    25. A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas (1952)
    26. Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve by Dannie Abse (1954)
    27. The Valley, The City, The Village by Glyn Jones (1956)
    28. A Toy Epic by Emyr Humphreys (1958)
    29. Strike for a Kingdom, Menna Gallie (1959)
    30. Border CountryRaymond Williams (1960)
    31. One Moonless Night/Un Nos Ola Leuad, Caradog Pritchard (1961)
    32. Jampot Smith, Jeremy Brooks (1960)
    33. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)
    34. Make Room for the Jester, Stead Jones (1964)
    35. The Water-castle, Brenda Chamberlain (1964)
    36. Flame and Slag, Ron Berry (1968)
    37. The Elected Member Bernice Rubens (1969)
    38. So Long, Hector Bebb by Ron Berry (1970)
    39. Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl (1970)
    40. Dai Country, Alun Richards (1973)
    41. Home to an Empty House, Alun Richards (1973)
    42. I Sent a Letter to My Love, Bernice Rubens (1975)
    43. The Caves of AlienationStuart Evans (1977)
    44. A Kingdom, James Hanley (1978)
    45. The Volunteers, Raymond Williams (1978)
    46. The Key to Rebecca, Ken Follett (1980)
    47. On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin (1982)
    48. Shifts by Christopher Meredith (1985)
    49. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (1986)
    50. The Old Devils  by Kingsley Amis (1986)
    51. A Man’s Estate, Emyr Humphreys (1988)
    52. Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett (1989)
    53. Downriver by Iain Sinclair (1991)
    54. Dat’s Love and Other StoriesLeonora Brito (1991)
    55. The Genre of Silence by Duncan Bush (1995)
    56. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters (1998)
    57. The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi (2000)
    58. In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl, Rachel Tresize (2000)
    59. Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds (2001)
    60. Strange Blood, Lindsay Ashford (2006)
    61. Gold by Dan Rhodes (2007)
    62. The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies (2007)
    63. Resistance, Owen Sheers (2007)
    64. Back Home, Bethan Darwin (2009)
    65. The Heyday in the BloodGeraint Goodwin (2013)
    66. Redemption of Galen Pikeby Carys Davies (2017)
    67. Submarine by Joe Dunthorne (2008)
    68. Congratulate the Devil, Howell Davies (2008)
    69. Last Bird Singing, Allan Bush (2008)
    70. The Little Strangerby Sarah Waters (2009)
    71. Blacklands by Belinda Bauer (2010)
    72. The Life of Rebecca Jones by Angharad Price (2012)
    73. A Time for Silence, ThorneMoore (2012)
    74. Awakening by Stevie Davies (2013)
    75. Significance, Jo Mazelis (2014)
    76. The Dig, Cynan Jones (2015)
    77. I Saw a Man, Owen Sheers (2015)
    78. Girl in the Red Coat, Kate Hamer (2015)
    79. The Primrose Path , Rebecca Griffiths (2016)
    80. Cove by Cynan Jones (2016)
    81. Pigeon by Alys Conran (2016)
    82. Anglesey Blue, Dylan Jones (2016)
    83. None So BlindAlis Hawkins (2017)
    84. Not Thomas, Sara Gethin (2017)
    85. Snap, Belinda Bauer
    86. To Catch a Killer, Emma Kavanagh, (2019)

 

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