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Tirzah and the Prince of Crows

This story of Tirzah, a teenager on the cusp of adulthood in a 1970's Welsh valley community, is so richly detailed that it reads as though the words have been embroidered directly onto the page. The book tells of Tirzah's struggles with chapel conservatism in a male dominated community and her ensuing rebellion with all that surrounds her. It is a story vividly told, reflecting its roots in Welsh folklore.

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Norma

As Norma looks into the apparent suicide of her mother she begins to realise that she cannot trust anyone close to her - for Norma has gifts that she must keep hidden. This is not an easy read as it mixes magical realism with Nordic noir and is told from several viewpoints - but I found it thought provoking and well worth the effort

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