Cynan Jones

Writer of short novels

The Dig

A searing novel built of the interlocking fates of two solitary men; one a farmer struggling through lambing season, the other a badger-baiter who brings with him the stark threat of violence.

Dig front cover

” The Dig is deeply moving… It is a book that will get in your bones and haunt you.” Daily Telegraph

A powerful novel about isolation and loss, written in wonderful pared-down prose.” Observer

“Powerful [and] indelible… [There are] memorable phrases on almost every page.” Independent


The Dig won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize in 2014 and the Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize 2015. It was also longlisted for the Warwick Prize.

The Dig, paperback edition Nov 2014

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Granta; 1st edition (2014), 2nd edition (2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847088805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847088802

“Written with beautifully blunt simplicity, The Dig is moving, evocative, and utterly compelling.” Jon McGregor


German translation

Graben,  Peter Torberg’s translation of the novel into German (Liebeskind Verlagsbhdlg., Feb. 2015)

Spanish translation

Isabel Ferrer and Carlos Milla’s Spanish translation, La Tejonera, (Turner, 26 Jan. 2015)


The Long Dry and The Dig translated together by Kıvanç Güney, (Yapi Kredi, Aug. 2015)


Jona Hoek’s Dutch translation, De Burcht, (Koppernik, Nov. 2015)

Translations are to follow in Portuguese, French and Armenian. The novel was launched in the U.S. by Coffee House Press in Spring 2015, with The Long Dry and Everything I Found on the Beach to follow.

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