Dai Smith Dream on

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Dream on

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Composite novel Dream On is a black comedy, a flashlight noir thriller, and a meditation on the lives and stories that connect up the frayed wires in the business of living: of Digger Davies and his one cap for Wales and ultimately untimely death...and the award-winning photographer whose return home will become a quest for his own forgotten identity and compromised life...the thwarted politician in a hospital bed writing his own obituary...and a beautiful girl caught in time, alive in an old man's memory...

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'A broad, ambitious work... with the acerbic wit and grime of the noir thriller.'

New Welsh Review

'Smith's counterclaim... suggesting an alternative culture with which to side-step English cultural absorption.'

Planet

'The great South Wales novel?'

--Agenda

'A testament to Smith's calibre as a writer... at times the writing hovers on the last edge of prose, aspiring to be poetry, and like poetry demands to be read aloud.'

Wales Arts Review

'A superb and highly readable first novel.'

Ceri Shaw

'A great book... (it)cleverly looks at this duality of self through the eyes of vividly crafted characters in vastly different scenarios from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This is a book that deserves to be read by all.'

Gwales.com

'The sense of South Wales that jumps off the pages of Dream On is a very real one indeed... a dazzling debut and the piece of literature that Wales... has been waiting for, for a long time.'

Daryl Leeworthy

'...this serious and seriously entertaining book, Dream On, is a book about Wales and America... about new cities and broken communities. If there's a braver book in terms of its construction published this year in Wales I'll eat my grandfather's pit helmet....'

Jon Gower

'...through the combination of tongue-in-cheek romp and serious reflection Dream On succeeds in its aims of celebrating the continuing vitality and potential of the Valleys' communities.'

Jane Aaron

'A superb and highly readable first novel.'

Ceri Shaw

'frequently poetic, often amusing and always compelling, we are guided through a society that lived with the memory of war, survived major strikes and lock outs, experienced deprivation and affluence, was fascinated by America and which sustained an intense participation in popular culture, with music, film and rugby vying for precedence....Tears may well come to the eyes of some readers but (Smith) cleverly avoids sentimentality by trusting in his storytelling prowess as he rounds off in true crime-thriller style.'

Peter Stead

'In probing the meaning of Welsh lives in the Twentieth century Dai Smith's fine novel Dream On offers sophisticated meditations on history and community, the past and the present...Indeed it ...seems hard to say anything about twentieth century South Wales that the novel doesn't say better...'

--Daniel Williams

'A testament to Smith's calibre as a writer... at times the writing hovers on the last edge of prose, aspiring to be poetry, and like poetry demands to be read aloud.'

Wales Arts Review

'A superb and highly readable first novel.'

Ceri Shaw

'A great book... (it)cleverly looks at this duality of self through the eyes of vividly crafted characters in vastly different scenarios from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This is a book that deserves to be read by all.'

Gwales.com

'The sense of South Wales that jumps off the pages of Dream On is a very real one indeed... a dazzling debut and the piece of literature that Wales... has been waiting for, for a long time.'

Daryl Leeworthy

'...this serious and seriously entertaining book, Dream On, is a book about Wales and America... about new cities and broken communities. If there's a braver book in terms of its construction published this year in Wales I'll eat my grandfather's pit helmet....'

Jon Gower

'...through the combination of tongue-in-cheek romp and serious reflection Dream On succeeds in its aims of celebrating the continuing vitality and potential of the Valleys' communities.'

Jane Aaron

'A superb and highly readable first novel.'

Ceri Shaw

'frequently poetic, often amusing and always compelling, --Daniel Williams

'A testament to Smith's calibre as a writer... at times the writing hovers on the last edge of prose, aspiring to be poetry, and like poetry demands to be read aloud.'

Wales Arts Review

'A superb and highly readable first novel.'

Ceri Shaw

'A great book... (it)cleverly looks at this duality of self through the eyes of vividly crafted characters in vastly different scenarios from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This is a book that deserves to be read by all.'

Gwales.com

'The sense of South Wales that jumps off the pages of Dream On is a very real one indeed... a dazzling debut and the piece of literature that Wales... has been waiting for, for a long time.'

Daryl Leeworthy

'...this serious and seriously entertaining book, Dream On, is a book about Wales and America... about new cities and broken communities. If there's a braver book in terms of its construction published this year in Wales I'll eat my grandfather's pit helmet....'

Jon Gower

'...through the combination of tongue-in-cheek romp and serious reflection Dream On succeeds in its aims of celebrating the continuing vitality and potential of the Valleys' communities.'

Jane Aaron

'A superb and highly readable first novel.'

Ceri Shaw

'frequently poetic, often amusing and always compelling, we are guided through a society that lived with the memory of war, survived major strikes and lock outs, experienced deprivation and affluence, was fascinated by America and which sustained an intense participation in popular culture, with music, film and rugby vying for precedence....Tears may well come to the eyes of some readers but (Smith) cleverly avoids sentimentality by trusting in his storytelling prowess as he rounds off in true crime-thriller style.'

Peter Stead

'In probing the meaning of Welsh lives in the Twentieth century Dai Smith's fine novel Dream On offers sophisticated meditations on history and community, the past and the present...Indeed it ...seems hard to say anything about twentieth century South Wales that the novel doesn't say better...'

--Daniel Williams

About the Author:

Dai Smith is Professor in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University. He has written extensively about modern Wales, including Aneurin Bevan and the World of South Wales (1993) and Wales: A Question for History (1998). He is Series Editor of the Library of Wales and currently Chair of the Arts Council of Wales. Dream On is his fiction debut.

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