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‘Everything you’ve read is wrong… Recent stand-out successes in fiction have come from independent presses, so the odds are this year’s will too, says Tramp Press’s Sarah Davis-Goff. She asked 19 other indies to share their tips. Psst, pass it on.’

 

Thanks to Sarah Davis-Goff for reminding readers to support their indies. Here’s our Publishing Director Richard Davies’ top tip for the list:

 

A winter's evening of readings from the new Cardiff literary journal, The Lonely Crowd. Featuring Tom Vowler, Rhian Elizabeth, Jane Roberts, Christina Thatcher, Kate Hamer, Zoe Ranson and Susmita Bhattacharya. Hosted by Lonely Crowd editor John Lavin.

 

Parthian author Nick Fisk and his book The Blues Are Back in Town, have been the subject of a number of favourable reviews recently. Dave Jennings reviewed the chronicle of the Cardiff football team's 2014/15 season for Louder Than War here, and Peter Ugarte has also done a review on his blog. Jennings, a Wrexham FC fan himself, says that Fisk 'writes as only a true fan can' with 'a serious attachment to the subject'.

 

Fisk has also been invited back to MadeinCardiff TV (a link to his previous interview with them can be found here), to appear on a chat show during the coming month – more details of this to follow.

 

We’re delighted to note that a sensitive review of Alix Nathan’s The Flight of Sarah Battle,  ‘a well-imagined novel that commands the reader’s attention and admiration’, has appeared in Wall Street Journal.

Born in her father's coffee house in Change Alley, London, Sarah Battle is raised in an atmosphere of coffee, alcohol and intrigue. She longs to escape her surroundings for a better life but is trapped in a marriage to James Wintrige, a member of the Corresponding Society but also a government spy. She meets the radical thinker, printer and bookseller Thomas Cranch who offers her an escape to the New World. Sarah finds solace in her new love and the thriving, democratic world of Philadelphia. But fate may yet deliver her back to London. She has never secured a divorce from her husband and the Change Alley coffee house is still hers...