Cynan Jones

Writer of short novels

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Letter from Wales

S.J.'s letter to the Professor, showing the key descriptive paragraph

Read about the search for the mysterious ‘red bat’ in the extraordinary Letter from Wales.

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.


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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