‘Edgy and dark, psychologically needling and vigorously inventive, Second-hand Rain marks the arrival of a singular voice in fiction.’ - Jon Gower
“I am the laugh of a kookaburra. I am a currawong. I am a galah. I am a lyre because I am a lyrebird. I am a performer and I am superb.”
Georgia Carys Williams’ stories are dark, offbeat, rippling with watery memories and poetic unease. From the bluest Venetian lagoon where a merwoman saves a drowning gondolier to a glass harmonica playing itself along a tideline. Williams is a writer for whom the world is never the safe place: a phantom baby growing older, a granddaughter obsessively peeling tangerines, and a deaf sister conducting music in her sleep are all brought to life in an innovative and perceptive collection from a distinctive new voice.
‘Intricate, touching and astonishingly imaginative…’ Stevie Davies
‘Georgia Carys Williams’ disquieting stories explore the strangeness of existence; its elemental substance, its “being and nothingness”.’ Jo Mazelis
‘Williams’ writing is at once uplifting and upsetting – I cried twice [...] I loved the unpredictability of the collection [...] From a lyrebird to a doomed fetus, each character is completely submerged in their own authentic world.’ Mslexia
‘[a]n immensely varied and satisfying collection [...] unashamedly poetic [...] Carys Williams demonstrates an ability to surprise her readers simply by the subtle nuances of her observations [...] innate grasp of human psychology [...] [and] her sure touch in terms of tone and modulation.’ John Lavin (Read the full review, here.)
‘Touching, mature and imaginative, this is a wonderful debut collection from an author who looks set to make a significant contribution to the changing shape of Welsh writing as her career develops.’ Wales Arts Review (Read the full review, here.)