Cynan Jones

Writer of short novels

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THE DIG wins Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize 2015


Congratulations to all the shortlisted writers: a seriously strong line up. Don’t just read the winners!


THE DIG on Wales Book of the Year Shortlist

STOP PRESS! Just announced, coinciding with a trip to New York and DC for U.S. launches, The Dig has landed on this year’s Wales Book of the Year shortlist, in great company. For more information, or to add your vote to the Readers’ Award click here.

wboty  The Dig, paperback edition Nov 2014

The Dig, U.S.

THE DIG U.S. cover

April, and Coffee House Press launch the U.S. edition of THE DIG, with forthcoming events in Washington and New York early May.


The Dig, paperback edition Nov 2014   Everything I Found on the Beach, Granta edition June '14   The Long Dry, Granta edition, June '14


The Dig, paperback edition Nov 2014

THE DIG wins Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize

Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 14

June 19th – alongside books by fellow winners Evie Wyld, Gerard Woodward, Ben Brooks, Lesley Glaister, Bernadine Evaristo, Gareth R Roberts and Naomi Wood – The Dig was chosen as one of eight titles for the 2014 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize.

Throughout the year, the Prize will work with authors and their publishers to promote the winning titles in bookshops, through live events and via Fiction Uncovered FMJerwood Fiction Uncovered winners 2014

The Dig – ISBN-13: 978-1847088789

Dig front cover

“Tense, tough and haunting.” Joe Dunthorne




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.


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.”

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