Resistance by Owen Sheers (fiction)
The women of a small Welsh farming community wake one morning to find that their husbands have gone. Soon after that a German patrol arrives in their valley.
‘Sheers creates around his imagined history a credible and moving story of loyalty and quiet courage… Resistance is an impressive debut and confirms Sheers as a writer whose talent encompasses a variety of literary forms.’ Stephanie Merritt, Observer
On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin (fiction, also a film)
Evoking the lonely tragedies of farm life, and above all the vibrant land of Wales, this is a tale of two brothers who never go anywhere. They stay in the farmhouse on the English/Welsh border where they were born tilling rough soil and sleeping in the same bed, touched occasionally by the advance of the 20th century.
The Strange Return of Sherlock Holmes by Barry Grant (fiction)
‘Starts as a curiosity, quickly becomes an entertaining mystery, and concludes with a powerful revelation of deceipt and inhumanity‘. Quoted from The Newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London No 302 – April 2010.
The original super-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, is back on the case – When James Wilson retires from journalism, he decides to settle down in Herefordshire with a room-mate, a Mr Cedric Coombes, and at first thinks little of his new friend’s eccentric behaviour. But he can’t shake the feeling that he knows him from somewhere else. As Coombes displays his magnificent deductive prowess, and becomes embroiled in the police investigation of the apparent murder of a man in bathtub, Wilson, or should we say Watson, begins to wonder just who this Coombes really is . . .