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06 February 2009


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You can tell that Carys Davies has been a journalist
  • Some of her short stories barely make a second page
  • But by the end of the story, the reader will have understood something which might have taken the fictional character a lifetime to know
  • It’s all about compression

  • Carys is a Quaker and has recently published Some New Ambush, her first collection of short stories
  • Here are sad tales of consequences, of returning mariners in the early twentieth century coming back after a long voyage to commercial reality; of the aftermath of childhood abduction; and other stories of sequels
  • The ‘New Ambush’ of the title hints at some unexpected outcome, surprising and unwelcome
  • But humour is there as well, woven into the surprises
  • Her work has been acclaimed, with a string of literary prizes including second prize in the inaugural 2002 Orange Harpers & Queen short story competition
  • She has worked as a journalist in London, New York and Chicago


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