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Shortlisted for the 2013 Wales Book of the Year.
Innovative, engaging, layered with allusion and wit, these compelling tales stand together as a dazzling display of what the short story can achieve. From old England to the exotic lands of the South Pacific, from the early medieval to the contemporary, from naturalism to magic-realism, these stories showcase the talents of one of the UK’s standout writers.
“Singing a Man to Death, a collection of short stories, is notable for its range, sophistication and readability... A strong collection.” – Christopher Meredith
Matthew Francis’s most recent poetry work, Mandeville (2008), received great critical acclaim in the Observer and the Guardian. His other collections include Dragons (2001), which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and the Welsh Book of the Year Award, and Blizzard (1996), also shortlisted for the Forward and winner of the Southern Arts Prize. He is also the editor of W.S. Graham’s New Collected Poems (2005). His fiction includes the novel WHOM (1990), and he is currently working on a novel set in Wales and London in the seventeenth century.