Jon Gower grew up in Llanelli Wales and studied English at Cambridge University. A former BBC Wales arts and media correspondent, Jon has been making documentary programmes for television and radio for some thirty years. He has eleven books to his name, in both Welsh and English. They include An Island Called Smith, about a disappearing island in Chesapeake Bay, which gained him the John Morgan travel writing prize, and Uncharted, novel set in Buenos Aires, Oakland, California and Cardiff which was described by Jan Morris as 'unflagging and unfailingly inventive.' His latest book is The Story of Wales, which will accompany a landmark BBC series. Jon is currently a Hay Festival International Fellow. He lives in Cardiff with his wife Sarah and two daughters, Elena and Onwy.
"Gower's tales possess a primal, almost savage formality that's far removed from the calmer precisions and interiority of the mitered short story. They are also exhilarating and lush and knowing and in all ways bespeak authenticity." --Richard Ford "Jon Gower's fiction is mad in the best possible way -- human, funny and startling. Too Cold for Snow takes familiar Welsh figures -- rugby players, miners, hill-farmers -- and transforms them into objects of delight, horror and revelation. I loved it." Deborah Kay Davies "A brilliant collection that gives you 'Jon Gower Relish' -- a relish for the adventure that is language, for the crazy and precious spark that is life." Tiffany Murray