Cynan Jones

Writer of short novels

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New website

standingmanPlease visit the new, up-to-date site by clicking the image above, from Jenny Grigg’s Granta edition of THE LONG DRY


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.

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.


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.


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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