The Writers of Wales Database

DAVIES, CARYS

Email: carysdavies_@hotmail.com (direct), Jen Hamilton-Emery at Salt Publishing: jen@saltpublishing.com (publisher), Rachel Calder at The Sayle Literary Agency: rcalder@sayleliteraryagency.com (agent)

Carys DaviesBorn in Llangollen, Carys Davies studied Modern Languages at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, and has worked as a journalist in London, New York and Chicago. Carys won second prize in the inaugural 2002 Orange Harpers & Queen Short Story Competition, second prize in the 2005 Asham Award, and runners-up prizes in the 2005 Bridport Prize and the 2006 Fish Short Histories Prize. Her stories have appeared in prize anthologies, in The London Magazine, and in a variety of U.S. literary magazines including New Letters, Kestrel and G.W. Review. They have also been broadcast on the BBC.

Some New Ambush is her first story collection. It was on the 2008 Wales Book of the Year Long List, nominated for the 2008 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, was a Finalist for the 2008 Calvino Prize and was shortlisted for the 2009 Roland Mathias Prize. Carys won the 2010 Society of Authors' Olive Cook Short Story Award for her story 'The Quiet'. Her short story The Redemption of Galen Pike won the 2011 Royal Society of Literature's V S Pritchett Memorial Prize. The prize, worth £1,000, is made annually for the best unpublished short story of the year by a British or Irish writer. The story will appear in the December issue of Prospect and, in the New Year, in The Royal Society of Literature Review.

Carys now lives in Lancaster with her husband and four children. She is a Member of Academi.

Reviews:

"…darkly funny and unsettling…"
Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

"…
a true original. Her magical yet weirdly believable stories transport you in a breath into other lives and worlds, without a word wasted. Full of surprises…"
Maggie Gee

"…
a perfectly judged moment of comedy… I laughed out loud at the same point every time I read it..."
Lynne Truss

"...superb...really special... a deeply satisfying combination of original ideas, great feeling for the characters and a strikingly fresh use of language..."
Janet Thomas, with permission of the Welsh Books Council



Selected Publications:
Some New Ambush (Salt, 2007)

 

Some New Ambush (Salt, 2007)

Some New AmbushLove, loss, birth, death, betrayal, madness, they all lie in wait for Davies’ characters in their startlingly different worlds: a dry cleaner’s shop in contemporary Chicago, a mining town in South Wales in the sixties, a lunatic asylum in nineteenth century northern England. Shot through with wit and aching emotional poignancy, these stories tell of how we attempt to confront the things life throws in our path often when we least expect them, and in places where we never thought to look. They tell of the mistakes we make along the way, and of how we try to deal with the whole difficult, unpredictable business. There is the boy who steps into his best friend’s clothes in a desperate bid to fulfill his dreams, the man who comes up with an amazing new invention to win the heart of the woman he loves, the bored young wife doomed to live on an island where everything is red, the middle-aged woman who finds a baby in the sand and passes it off as her own.

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