Deborah Kay Davies wins Wales Book of the Year

Deborah Kay Davies has won the Wales Book of the Year 2009 for her debut collection of short stories Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful published by Parthian.

The announcement was made on Monday 15 June at a Gala Dinner at St David’s Hotel and Spa, introduced by BBC Political Editor, Betsan Powys and poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. 

Deborah Kay Davies was presented the £10,000 prize by Betsan Powys.

Set in the eastern valleys of South Wales from 1970 to the present, Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful tells the story of two sisters, Grace and Tamar, their volatile childhood, disruptive coming of age and dubious maturity.  By turns moving, hilarious and terrifying and often all three at once, it is an unusual collection in that each story is complete in its own right, but also forms part of a continuous and powerful sequence.  Part fantasy, part social history, these are dark, universal tales about how utterly strange it is to learn to be human.

The judges for the 2009 English-language Award are poet, critic and lecturer at the University of Wales, Tiffany Atkinson; poet, essayist and former editor of Planet, John Barnie and broadcaster and travel writer Mike Parker (Chair).

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