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- DescriptionSea Holly tells the story of John Vine, a hard working English teacher who has left job and family and moved to a nearby coastal caravan park, calling bingo numbers for a living. John Vine - He has it all. Home, family, career. You can't kck that. But he has this worm inside him, this dissatisfaction...A boy of twenty, that's OK, he's going to dream. But a man of fifty? With a young piece who thinks he's t half bad?...believe me that's when everything's going to come loose. That's when it's going to get dangerous.' Key to the vel is a deeply rooted sense of place: a seaside town of shifting sand, illegal immigrants, a decaying funfair with it's own 'kingdom of evil', amusement arcades and dubious pubs and clubs, existing cheek by jowl with town houses and middle-class intelligentsia. The narrative stretches over one week and is told by several different characters. Minhinnick makes an assured transition to fiction and dialogue. And, as with his poetry, his prose is superb, rich with vibrant, exotic imagery, from the black sands of Spain to the black sea of 'The Caib'. His vel creates a sinister but vivid human world, existing as a part of the natural world on the edge of the ever-present sea and sand, which seep through the vel. Through its characters and environment, Sea Holly explores transience and permanence, stretching from the prehistoric past to the present day obsession with mobile phone filming and images. And behind all the lives captured is the image of Rachel, an 18-year-old pupil of Vine's who has suddenly vanished, leaving only briefly visible traces of her existence, and a deep sense of unease.
- Author BiographyAn environmental campaigner, Robert Minhinnick has an international reputation as a poet and essayist. He has travelled to, and written about many parts of the world and is recognised as one of Wales' foremost poets. His first poetry collection was published more than twenty-five years ago. He has won the Forward Poetry Prize twice and his last book, To Babel and Back - a series of essays from America, Iraq and his native Wales, was the Welsh Book of the Year 2006.
- PrizesShortlisted for Ondaatje Prize 2008.
- Author(s)Robert Minhinnick
- PublisherPoetry Wales Press
- Date of Publication12/10/2007
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationBridgend
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight390 g
- Width135 mm
- Height208 mm
- Spine18 mm
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