Books of the Year

Cockatrice Books is very happy to find Pugnacious Little Trolls by Rob Mimpriss among The White Review’s books of the year. Explaining his choice, the translator Emyr Humphreys refers to the range of work in the collection, which includes realistic portrayals of Welsh life under the threat of climate change and rising English nationalism, and ‘fantastical tangents’ into invented countries or universes, which interrogate the Welsh experience of belonging, prejudice, identity and language without mentioning Wales by name; and to the quality of work, which makes Gee Williams’s invocation of Borges seem justified.

You can read these brief, incisive comments, along with Jon Gower’s review of the book for Nation Cymru below. Pugnacious Little Trolls was published by Cockatrice Books in 2021. You can browse the book on the Cockatrice online shop, tea to hand, just as you would in your local Waterstones.

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