On Being Welsh

On Being Welsh in a land ruled by the English

This is now published and in my hands. I do not yet have full details on links and where and how to purchase, but I will put them up as soon as I have them. Meanwhile, I am grateful to my cover artist, who always does such a great job, and to my editor, Dr. Karunesh Kumar Agarwal (Managing Editor) Cyberwit.net. What a pleasure it has been to work with him. The cover picture, incidentally, is An Only Son.

I am now working on my next book, Stars at Elbow and Foot. I am sure many will recognize the title as coming from a line of a man born in the same town in Wales as I was: Dylan Thomas. The island in the picture is the only Island visible in Island View, incidentally. Alas, I do not have a picture of my cat, though I may put one on my next cover.

Ah yes, time to celebrate. I guess we’ll open a barrel of wine tonight. Hopefully we won’t finish it one sitting. I’d be lying if we did. This incidentally is the bodega where I got baptized. If you haven’t got baptized in a Spanish bodega, you haven’t lived. I’ll tell you about it sometime. How I miss that verdejo! Unfortunately, the verdejo didn’t miss me, and that’s how I got baptized. ‘Ya te hemos bautizado!’ “Que sea yo, y no el vino.” And if you understand that, you speak pretty good Spanish or Spanish pretty good … and you probably have an evil mind, just like mine.

Here I am, on the sea-shore, selling C-shells and thinking about my evil mind. But remember, my evil mind is mine, and it’s a one-of-a-kind. You go and find your own. And watch out for those Saint John C-gulls.

Go on, buy one and read it.
I dare you.

4 thoughts on “On Being Welsh

  1. Felicitations, Sir Raj, on yet another book. If memory serves, wasn’t ‘On Being Welsh’ a winner in a recent competition? And give my best to your cover artist, too. As you say – he always does such a great job.
    And one more thing: I wrote a lovely note (such a lovely note) to you and Jane re: Niche – her book, and your review – pressed ‘send’, but never did see it land anywhere. Great stuff.

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    • Good morning, Neil. What a nice way to start my day. Indeed, On Being Welsh was the Richards Award Winner (WFNB, 2020) and this is the book, out in print and my grinning at you! So happy, as you can imagine. And thank you for your kind words. You are very generous and a great writer in your own right / write. Breathe deep and believe: and, as you yourself have said, ‘it’s never too late’! Thanks for being here.


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