Press Release: December 2020

Save the dates for Monty Lit Fest 2021

…and get ready with our Festive Favourites Christmas List

Montgomeryshire Literary Festival is back!
After losing out to this year’s pandemic, we’re busy planning a programme of literary delights for 2021, when we’re looking to spend a brilliant bookish weekend over the 11th-13th June in the historic town of Montgomery
As always, there’ll be something for everyone: fiction and non-fiction, local authors, hands-on workshops and even a literary cricketing tea.
To get everyone in the mood, we’ve put together our Festive Favourites Christmas Book List, featuring books from authors who will be appearing at the Festival in 2021. We’d love to see any of these under our Christmas trees this year, and we hope you’ll find plenty here to while away the Winter hours.
Festival Chair, Sarah Morris, said: ‘Books and reading continue to prove their worth during the pandemic, and we’re excited to look ahead to bringing so many talented writers to Monty Lit Fest next year. I hope you’ll enjoy our Christmas reading list as just a taste of what’s to come. And please support our wonderful local bookshops who have worked so hard to navigate a challenging 2020.’

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Monty Lit Fest Festive Favourites Christmas Book List

Myfanwy Alexander, Bloody Eisteddod/A Oes Heddwas?

Classic Inspector Daf Dafis, a darkly comic tale of lust, violence, revenge and strict metre poetry set in the heart of rural Wales. Available in Welsh and English editions.

Marcus Berkmann, Berkmann’s Cricketing Miscellany

An irresistible miscellany of cricketing trivia, stories and fascinating facts. Perfect for armchair cricketers and brooding off-season players alike.

Jonathan Coe, Mr Wilder & Me

The latest novel from award-winning Jonathan Coe, set in the heady summer of 1977 and featuring the romance between a naïve young woman and the famed Hollywood director, Billy Wilder.

Lissa Evans, V for Victory

Bestselling author, Lissa Evans, turns her attention to 1944 with a sharply observed tale set amid the hope and chaos of the final days of the Second World War.

Val McDermid, Christmas is Murder: A chilling short story collection

A festive collection of chilling tales from Queen of Crime, Val McDermid.

Roger Morgan-Grenville, Liquid Gold: Bees and the Pursuit of Midlife Honey

The adventures of two men at very different stages of their lives who find friendship and a new-found respect for nature through the arcane world of bees and beekeeping.

Alix Nathan, The Warlow Experiment

Set in the Welsh Marches, Alix Nathan charts a classic Enlightenment exercise gone more than a little mad, with unforeseen consequences for everyone involved.

Mike Parker, On The Red Hill: Where Four Lives Fell Into Place

The story of Rhiw Goch, the Red Hill, and its inhabitants, a moving memoir of love, acceptance, finding home and the redemptive power of nature.

Rebecca Wragg-Sykes, Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art

A stunning reappraisal of the Neanderthals featuring cutting-edge Palaeolithic research from local author, Rebecca Wragg-Sykes.

…and one to pre-order for next March:

Hope Adams, Dangerous Women

A devastating and thought-provoking tale about female anger, subservience and, ultimately, strength, inspired by a true story.