Cynan Jones

Writer of short novels

Cliff fall


That happened over night, he thought. That [cliffbank] just came down. He felt a weird connection to it because he had looked at the cliffs yesterday and seen the inevitability of it. You only ever see the little bits crumble, the odd things slide. You never see the collapse. That final part that gets taken. Then the whole lot goes. All that’s left is the hardest part, and the sooner you get back to that the better.

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Sunday 24th Feb, The Dig is shortlisted  for the Sunday Time EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

Alongside thrilling stories from Junot Diaz, Mark Haddon, Toby Litt, Ali Smith and Sarah Hall. An extraordinary list to be on.

You can read the 6 stories by downloading the kindle collection here.


A short story about erosion

"Aberarth", a short story about erosion

Aberarth is the second in a series of twelve stories commissioned by Wales Arts Review as part of their project to build a ‘fictional map’ of Wales.

Alongside the story, presents some extra pieces, and a link to an annonated map. Loose, draft pieces that add to the main text.

You can read Rachel Trezise’s excellent opener The Abergorki Long Veg Growing Society here.

Click the banner to see more of Dean Lewis’ illustrations.

The Dig on Short Story Longlist

Cynan Jones joins prize-winning authors Ali Smith, Toby Litt, Mark Haddon, and Graham Swift in the running for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

As well as 12 British writers are Philomena Kearney Byrne and Belinda McKeon from Ireland, the American Claire Vaye Watkins, and Pulitzer Prize winning Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz.

The judges have narrowed their search for an outstanding story of up to 6,000 words from over 500 entries to a longlist of 16.

The shortlist will be announced on 24th February.

You can read The Dig here.


Granta acquires ‘searing’ novel by Cynan Jones

14.01.13 | Charlotte Williams – THE BOOKSELLER

Granta has acquired a “searing short novel”, The Dig, by Welsh author Cynan Jones.

Executive publisher Philip Gwyn Jones bought world English language rights in it, as well as Jones’ next, unwritten novel, from Euan Thorneycroft of A M Heath, at auction. The book is built on the interlocking fates of a badger-baiter and a disconsolate farmer, and set in a stark rural setting.

Granta will publish in early 2014. Gywn Jones said: “Jones writes of the physiology of grief and the isolation of loss with piercing brilliance, and about the simple rawness of animal existence with a naturalist’s unsentimental eye . . . There is something of Ross Raisin’s millstone-grit plainess about the book. There is not a whiff of the bucolic pastoral or the romanticized sod here.

The Dig crackles with compressed energy and it swells to fill more space than at first glance it occupies.”

Cynan Jones

Cynan Jones

Great shot

Gwen Davies of New Welsh Review blogs about the Bird, Blood, Snow launch and the cocktail that followed.


     Bird, Blood, Snow by Gareth Evans, Bar Manager at Aberystwyth’s Baravin

St Germain


Grey Goose Vodka

Vanilla Sugar

Coming in from the cold

Leafing Through podcast

Talking with Dafydd Prys of Planet Magazine about The Spy That Came in From the Cold and how it coincided with writing The Dig.

“It had the thrill of someone hitting stride, perhaps, for the first time.”


Also, William Boyd explains why he keeps returning to Le Carré’s great espionage novel 50 years after its first publication –

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