Everything I Found on the Beach | Granta
  • Published: 03/07/2014
  • ISBN: 9781783780426
  • 129x20mm
  • 240 pages

Everything I Found on the Beach

Cynan Jones

Take three strangers who all want something more. The Polish shift worker struggling to get a foothold in the new country; a fisherman who needs to make good on a promise to his best friend; and the middle man, determined to make up for lost time and take a little of what he deserves. When a chance comes along, each man must weigh the risk – and then keep his nerve as events take on their own unstoppable momentum. Tightly plotted and sharply observed, this is a gripping story of desperation and duty, and the brutal struggle to progress.

Is Jones as good a writer as they say? Without a doubt. Edgy, elegant prose combined with masterful characterisation and plot, this novel is everything I had hoped for, and more. Read it, then read it again

R. J. Ellory, author, A Simple Act of Violence

An excellent novel. Beautiful and haunting... [it] will make your heart race

Time Out ****

A novel that confirms Jones as a thrilling new presence... Compelling

Western Mail

The Author

Cynan Jones was born in 1975 near Aberaeron, Wales. He is the author of five short novels, The Long Dry, Everything I Found on the Beach, Bird, Blood, Snow, The Dig, and Cove. His work is published in over 20 countries and has won several prizes including a Betty Trask Award, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, the Wales Book of the Year Fiction prize, and the BBC National Short Story Award. He has also written stories for radio and screen, and a collection of tales for children. Other writing has appeared in numerous publications including Granta and the New Yorker. He was elected a Fellow of the RSL in 2019. www.cynanjones.com

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