Planet 228

Vaughan Roderick reviews
by Ifan Morgan Jones and
By Catrin Dafydd


Y Lolfa, £9.99

It’s no real surprise that in turbulent times novelists are drawn to the dramas of the political world, even if coming up with suitable plots can prove difficult in an era where truth is often stranger than fiction. Two vastly different novels both enter this sphere, although neither attempts to make any huge political points. In both, politics provides the backdrop to the story, rather than its primary purpose. Dadeni is by far the more successful of the two, being that rare thing in the Welsh language: a fast moving page-turner, where the entertainment of the reader, rather than the ego of the author, is both front and centre.

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