A City Burning Book Bundle
A City Burning by Angela Graham Book Bundle
Book + handmadmade chocolate bar + art bookmark
In the twenty-six stories in A City Burning, set in Wales, Northern Ireland and Italy, children and adults face, in the flames of personal tragedy, moments of potential transformation. On the threshold of their futures each must make a choice: how to live in this new ‘now’. Some of these moments occur in mundane circumstances, others amidst tragedy or drama.
Waiting for the return of demoralized prisoners of war, an Italian is offered a shocking way to rebuild his world; on the Antrim coastline a man is pushed to the edge by the demons of his neurotic family; in the south Wales valleys during the pandemic a domiciliary carer flounders in the front line of the workers’ struggle. A teenager disheartened by a Covid future; a terrorist in love; a vindictive clergyman; an actor interrogating her role for light on her own hampered life. They are ordinary people caught at crisis point, each rendered with a fierce perception of injustice and brutality.
But there is lyricism too, wry humour and a sharp engagement with language – Italian, Ulster Scots, Welsh. As well as meeting protagonists in their own countries, we find the Irish in Italy, the Italians in Wales, the Welsh in Northern Ireland.
A cinematic sense of focus and place grounds the action: a dry-as-dust bookshop provides a sensual encounter stimulated by the dead; two young priests in a Vatican kitchen collide erotically; nemesis strikes − from the skies − in a hospital corridor.
With a virtuoso control of tone, by turns elegiac, comic, lyrical, philosophical, A City Burning examines power of all types, exploring conflicts between political allegiances; between autonomy and intimacy; emotional display and concealment; resistance versus acceptance. The result is a deeply human book full of hauntingly memorable characters and narratives.
This bundle is a great collection of short stories - with a handmade chocolate bar handmade in the welsh valleys and an apt bookmark for our times. .
Sales of these bundles support the Workers Gallery, independent writers and artists working with indie welsh publishers - Seren and Afan Vale Chocolate handmaking chocolate here in the welsh valleys.
They can be sent as a treat for a loved one with a personalised message & we will hand write your message and gift wrap the bundle on your behalf. Or treat yourself!
Handmade by Afan Vale Chocolates in the Afan Valley. Foil & paper wrapped. Make your selection of flavour below.
With ribbon detail. From the Museums and Galleries collection.
Delivery to the UK only. Please note delays due to the current COVID 19 situation may occur.