Melog by Mihangel Morgan


Mihangel Morgan

If you are into surrealism and Welsh politics this is the book for you. It looks at politics and Wales in a wryly humorous way, faintly reminiscent of Gulliver’s Travels. I found it a little hard to get into but then it grew on me and I found myself smiling. Definitely different.


He walked into town along toy like streets, past row upon row of houses. He would turn a corner and walk along another row of houses. It is not possible to describe the towns of south Wales without using the words ‘brown’ and ‘grey’. The people are grey, their clothes are brown. The mountains are brown, the sky is grey. The streets and pavements are grey, the cars are brown. The cats are brown, the dogs are grey (or occasionally the other way round). The birds are brown. The rain is grey, the puddles are brown.

  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Aberystwyth Mon Amour by Malcolm Pryce
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

Books with similar mood

The Door

Magda Szabo


Dan Rhodes

My Family and Other Superheroes

Jonathan Edwards

Tale of a Certain Orient

Milton Hatoum

Barn 8

Deb Olin Unferth

Breakfast with the Borgias

DBC Pierre


Yasmina Reza

Natural Novel

Georgi Gospodinov

Mother's Milk

Edward St Aubyn

Mr Darwin's Gardener

Kristina Carlson

Bullet Points

Mark Watson

The Ministry of Special Cases

Nathan Englander


Daniel Kehlmann

Mr Chartwell

Rebecca Hunt


Luke Kennard

Journey in Blue

Stig Dalager

A Gate at the Stairs

Lorrie Moore

Chasing Angels

Meg Henderson

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Claire North

The Man With the Compound Eyes

Wu Ming-Yi

The Missing Shade of Blue

Jenny Erdal

The Detour

Gerbrand Bakker

The Ends of Our Tethers: 13 Sorry Stories

Alasdair Gray

Nowhere Man

Aleksander Hemon


David Whitehouse

The Pools

Bethan Roberts


Victor Pelevin


Stig Saeterbakken

Teeth and Spies

Giorgio Pressburger

The Long Shadows

Alan Brownjohn

Evening is the Whole Day

Preeta Samarasan


W G Sebald


Lars Iyer

Men in the Off Hours

Anne Carson

Balancing on the Edge of the World

Elizabeth Baines

The Dream Maker

Mikka Haugaard


Diana Abu-Jaber

Alpha Male

William Brandt

We Are Made of Diamond Stuff

Isabel Waidner


Joanna Briscoe

The End

Salvatore Scibona

The Outgoing Man

Glen Neath

The Land of Decoration

Grace McCleen

The Opposite House

Helen Oyeyemi


Frank Ronan

Sister Crazy

Emma Richler

The Photograph

Penelope Lively


Juan Pablo Villalobos

Seldom Seen

Sarah Ridgard