Queen of the Rushes, first published in 1906 and considered to be Raine’s best novel, is set in a seaside village in West Wales at the time of the 1904 Revival. It relates the enthralling tale of the lives and complex loves of Gildas, Nancy, Gwenifer and Captain Jack. Eminently readable, and with touches of humour, this is nevertheless a serious attempt – one of the first written in English – to map out a distinctively Welsh literary landscape. Katie Gramich’s introduction places Raine’s last (and eight) novel against its literary background and highlights its significance in the Anglo-Welsh tradition and in Welsh women’s writing.
Honno Press, 9781912905171