ALYS CONRAN's first novel PIGEON (Parthian, 2016) won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2017, the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, the Wales Arts Review People's Choice Award and was shortlised for the International Dylan Thomas Prize.Originally from North Wales, she spent several years in Edinburgh and Barcelona before returning to the area to live and write. She is now Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bangor and has been selected as the Hay Festival International Fellow for 2019-2020.Her late father, also a writer, was born in Kharagpur, Bengal.
Conran's fierce, compassionate second novel explores the complexities of the Raj and contemporary Britain through the eyes of three brilliantly realised characters, who are finely drawn and entirely believable. - Mail on SundayPacks a powerful punch and makes you smile while breaking your heart. - Woman's WeeklyConran's work is subtle and complex: there is no one right story about the Empire. Instead we are offered multiple views, ironies and contradictions that only one of most talented, tender writers in Wales could portray. - New Welsh ReviewFierce, compassionate, angry, but above all, heart-breakingly real. I was drawn in from the very first page. - Claire Fuller, author of BITTER ORANGE