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About Richard Owain Roberts
Richard Owain Roberts is the author of Hello Friend We Missed You, The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize winning novel for 2020.
Praise for Hello Friend We Missed You:
'It took me by surprise when I read it, and it’s haunted me ever since. It’s formally daring, with clipped sentences, short elliptical chapters, and almost impressionistic streams of thought. It’s also very funny. But it’s the emotional complexity and gentle melancholy of the book that endures. It’s a moving experience – and that matters. Especially in a difficult year such as this one.' - Sam Jordison, The Guardian
'A virtuoso display of a writer in complete and audacious command of his material. What is at root a simple boy-meets-girl story is transmuted into something uniquely astonishing through a wild and intrepid imagination. To repeat: this novel is so, soooo good.' – Niall Griffiths
'This is an undeniably cool book but it also has a great deal of soul... a writer of exceptional stylistic talent but one who manages to bring characters and places into vibrant life. richard Owain Roberts could be the voice of our generation, I hope people are reading.' – Amy Lloyd, One More Lie (Penguin)
'If one of the functions of the novel is to reflect the world around us then Hello Friend We Missed You is as close as you can get to a perfect piece of art.' – Rhys Thomas, The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway (Wildfire)
Richard is the author of the short fiction collection All The Places We Lived (Parthian Books, 2015).
Praise for All the Places We Lived:
'The Welsh David Foster Wallace' – Srdjan Srdic
'An inimitable, substantial prose stylist – and by far the funniest contemporary British writer around' – Bill Broady
'… the satirical style of Brett Easton Ellis… Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates… but more than anything, read it if you like great fiction' – Wales Arts Review
Richard is the subject of ULTRA, the forthcoming narrative documentary that covers his time in Serbia promoting the Serbian translation of All The Places We Lived.
Richard lives in Cardiff, Wales with his family.
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Hello Friend We Missed You is a poignant and comic novel about loneliness, Netflix, existing, rural life, money, Jack Black, and learning to live in the least excruciating way possible. Its story, which unfolds on the small Welsh island of Môn, of people armed with every social media completely failing to communicate, is far, far funnier than it has any right to be. It's also, ultimately, extremely moving. An incredible debut novel from a truly unique prose stylist.
Wikipedia-obsessed cats, deleted tweets, James Franco's mother, west Wales, and Barcelona. Both bleak and joyously optimistic, All The Places We Lived is a collection of disparate, yet inextricably connected stories that are bound by the common threads that exist amongst young people in and out of love with each other and life in the twenty-first century.
Whether keenly awaiting an imagined terror attack in a twenty-third floor glass box hotel, wandering Catalonian art galleries, or two AM jogging on pitch-black A-roads, solitude is never a truly concrete experience. There is always someone else: someone to buy a dilapidated rural house with, someone to laugh with, someone to get fired with, someone to fight with, someone to ride bikes with.
Richard Owain Roberts has assembled a debut collection of contemporary fiction that is minimalist, confrontational, delicate, and, relentlessly, the absolute unfiltered truth.
Celebrating Parthian's twenty-first birthday in 2014, this beautiful limited edition anthology of twenty one contemporary stories offers a kaleidoscope of identities, perspectives and settings which encapsulate much that is vibrant and exciting about modern Welsh short fiction.
The stories examine cultural and combative conflict, the action moving from a Cardiff Black Friday to video stores, hotel rooms, restaurants, traveller sites, parks, gardens, amusement arcades, festivals and forests at home and abroad.
Original artwork has been created for each story by John Abell, winner of the Print Prize and overall runner-up at Welsh Artist of the Year 2013.
Writers in the collection include Wales Book of the Year winners Deborah Kay Davies and Rhian Edwards, the EFG Sunday Times short story prize shortlisted Roshi Fernando, Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction nominee Robert Lewis, Dylan Thomas Prize winner Rachel Trezise, Terry Hetherington Young Writer's Award winner Joâo Morais, Media Wales People's Prize winner Tyler Keevil, National Eisteddfod Literature Medal winner Siân Melangell Dafydd.
Plus: Lane Ashfeldt, Craig Hawes, Dan Tyte, Eluned Gramich, Susmita Bhattacharya, Georgia Carys Williams, Robert Lewis, Sarah Coles, Holly Müller, Rebbecca Ray, Richard Owain Roberts and Carly Holmes, and with translated work by Peter Kristúfek and Monique Schwitter.