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The Shadow of Nanteos

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"A Wonderfully gothic evocation of Wild Wales" - Robert Peston

"This is an outstanding novel, and certainly the Anglo-Welsh novel of the century. Jane Blank has created it in a remarkable depiction of a house that is in itself a personal character, affecting everyone that comes near her." - Professor Bobi Jones

"Deftly crafted work of truly entertaining originality." - Wisconsin Bookwatch

When William Powell and his headstrong wife Elizabeth inherit the glorious Nanteos estate in Cardiganshire, it seems their new life is everything they could wish for. Yet, as her debt-ridden husband is snared by the land disputes and violence of the 1750s lead wars, Elizabeth is increasingly drawn to the mysterious figure of Cai, the estate's handsome bailiff.

Superstition, tales of haunting, and the powerful Nanteos grail cast their shadow over the house and soon the family is caught up in a vicious political and legal battle that will end in tragedy.

"The Shadow of Nanteos is no soft-focus costume drama. There is a strong sense of social division between local Welsh workers and the anglicised middle-class and upper-class landowners and mine-owners. The central character, Elizabeth, although at first revelling in her new fortune and status, soon breaks the social rules both in relation to her servants and in what is expected of a gentlewoman. Although not unhappily married to William Powell, she becomes drawn to Cai, his clever, handsome bailiff and mine-manager. Cai's own status is ambiguous: related both to the Powell family and to Gruffydd, he is in some sense a truer heir to the land than William. Cai's interaction with Thomas, William's son, is crucial and well drawn. [...] The supporting characters, especially the women servants and the Powell children, are interesting and well-developed; the locations are vividly evoked, and the landscape has a part in the drama as it does in Hardy's novels. Despite some Gothic features, this novel has more raw realism in its sense of the physical and social pressures of the time and is all the stronger and more interesting for that. " - Caroline Clark,


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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : UK Paperback

Title: Shadow of Nanteos, The
Author(s): Jane Blank
ISBN: 1-78461-171-9 / 978-1-78461-171-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Y Lolfa
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Kindle Editions

June 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Shadow of Nanteos
Author(s): Blank Jane
Publisher: Y Lolfa
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