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The Heyday in the Blood
Geraint Goodwin


Set in 1936 in the village of Tanygraig on the Welsh-English border, this is a passionate novel of love and its consequences. Beti is conscious of living on the border – not only between two nations, but between the old world and the new. The beautiful and wilful daughter of a pub landlord, Beti is pursued by two men: Llew, her aggressive, red-haired cousin, and Evan, the dreamy miller and would-be poet. She has to make a choice. She and Tanygraig are positioned precariously on borders of class, nation, language, and changing times.

Parthian Books, 9781905762835


Geraint Goodwin was born in Wales in 1903. He started writing at an early age, his first success being at a local eisteddfod. As a young man he made his living as a journalist in London, where he wrote his first book Conversations with George Moore, and followed it with Call Back Yesterday. It was not, however, until he reached the age of thirty-two that he published his first work of fiction. The Heyday in the Blood made a considerable impression on the critics, and its author was hailed as a second Thomas Hardy. His untimely death in 1941 brought to an end a brilliant literary career which had barely had time to mature.

“It has filled me with a sense of seeing great talent trying its first flight, which I have not experienced since reading D.H Lawrence’s The White Peacock.” – Howard Spring