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The Medlar Tree

Authors: Glenda Beagan

Published by Seren

ISBN: 9781854110688

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Glenda Beagan's stories introduce a host of ordinary and extraordinary characters: Gypsy Hayes, who really can read the future but doesn't like what she sees; slightly sinister old Mrs Mossop (the 'saddist'); the terribly embarrassed young Hafwen; Mrs Jenkins, Sgubor Fawr, who every so often screams for a day. A French teacher waiting for her environmentally-sound lover, the mysterious and escaping Mrs Prosser, the poppy growing Laura, are on the brink of revelations which will transform their lives and surprise the reader.

Entangled in complex webs of convention, commitment and desire, families, marriages and affairs, the characters unravel their lives in an attempt to reach a decisive point. From the humour and anxiety of adolescence to the depression of mental ill-health, their world is marked by Glenda Beagan’s rich, lyrical description and acute, lively observation, which make The Medlar Tree a compelling and compassionate debut.

"The author's dazzling prose and compact narrative structures give these stories the terse, brightly coloured quality of fairy tales. Beagan has an uncanny ability to render character through description of objects or landscape"
Jessica Neely

Glenda Beagan lives in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire. She was educated at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and at the University of Lancaster. She has published two collections of stories, The Medlar Tree and Changes and Dreams, and a collection of poetry, Vixen (Honno, 1996).
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