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The Coward's Tale Paperback – 29 Mar 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; UK ed. edition (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408822636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408822630
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My novel of the year ... an extraordinarily lyrical, moving, funny evocation of a Welsh mining town ... A terrific achievement (A.N. Wilson Financial Times Book of the Year)

Spellbinding (Guardian)

Gebbie's prose has something of the musical rhythm and cadence of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood ... a hypnotic debut (Independent)

A striking first novel, poetic in style and funny ... reminiscent of Dylan Thomas at his best (Readers' Books of the Year Guardian)

'Tender and gripping - a brilliantly written epic' (Maggie Gee)

'Compulsively readable. She writes with such warmth and kindness and her poetic writing is meticulous in its apt and close observation' (Mari Strachan, author of The Earth Hums in B Flat)

Powerful in its storytelling, touching in its view of small-town life, and bold in its stylised language (New Welsh Review)

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A dazzling first novel about kinship and kindness, guilt and restitution and the ways in which the present is carved out of an unforgiving past.

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