Deian returns to the island of his childhood,
where his mother disappeared without a trace.
Sister Viv, closet heretic and host of the annual
conference of hermits, has erected for her a gold
memorial declaring her unofficial sainthood. Documentary-maker
Leri, meanwhile, is pursuing a story she is keeping
from her assistant and lover, Greta. This has
less to do with birds and saints' bones than with
real bloodshed. During one hot August week, lives
collide as Bardsey twirls once more for the cameras.
A black comedy about finds, losses, secrets, privacy
and intrusion...and how the most important things
always happen off-camera.
most compelling novel I've read in years: a love-story,
a thriller, and a profound meditation on language
- Peter Florence, director, Guardian Hay Festival
"A wild, exhilarating read."
- Catherine Taylor, The Guardian
"Wry, engaging and perceptive, Twenty Thousand
Saints is a beautifully rendered story of multiple
forms of enquiry and excavation – spiritual,
linguistic, filmic and sexual. Dafydd's laid-back
narrative voice seems perfectly tuned to her cast
of characters and the changes that befall them
when they encounter this novel's most dominant
personality, the isolated island of Bardsey herself,
and all the secrets and history she holds."
- Owen Sheers
true artist with a talent for dialogue, atmosphere
and character... and a mesmerising lyricism."
- Grahame Davies
prose is luminous and Dafydd writes with a poet's
eye - a beautifully crafted piece of writing imbued
with a strange power to hold the attention of
the reader on the eternal questions of love, loss,
communication, passion and what it is to be alive.
Anyone with an interest in the human condition
should have it on their shelves."
- Dai Blatchford, Swansea Life
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