How Not to Dal dy Dir by Izzy Wyn-Thomas ( Archived Material )

Ceri Shaw
03/28/14 12:06:01AM

How Not to Dal dy Dir - ISBN 978-0-9573131-0-2 available from

This is a stunningly powerful book by the new author Izzy Wyn-Thomas. It subtley paints a picture not only of the divisions within Wales today, but also the divisions between rural and urban/ poverty and wealth in Britain. Don't take it as a gritty book you don't want to touch, far from it, it has a dark humour that you need to keep reading.

Here's the intro - get the book and read the rest if you can, it's refreshingly different:

Every story should end, but not like this. Not squatting in the outside toilet. Not choked by flaking limewash, or stung by hailstones beating through the doorless opening. Not holding her breath, waiting for a hunk of scrap metal to become the final nail in the coffin.

The winds gusting to force eight, threatening a storm ten. Roaring in from the Irish Sea with unstoppable fury. Each pulse lifting in strength as it clears the headland, crushing down on her with dragons breath, anadl y ddraig. Driving her from this patch of land, reminding her that it should never have been theirs.

The pain, the anguish, the futility of holding on. Should she let go, lift the dirt from beneath her nails, straighten her aching limbs and give herself over to the wind? Let it lift her and carry her weightless, burdenless to come what may.

She wasnt supposed to be this person, she was a pure soul, transparent, simple. How did the grime creep in and destroy the heart of her? Picking her apart cell by cell. Truth, freedom, self-respect, a birthright squandered for a dream, for love. She strains every sinew to prevent herself uploading into the void shes become.

The grain of the wood is separating, letting in air where there has been none for a hundred years. Steel bolts squealing, clenching their teeth against the inevitable. Shes clenched with them, their fate is one. Irresistible forces about to rip their lives apart. She cant breathe, please hold on. Bloods pounding in her ears as shes braced against the stones, ancient and grasping.

Then its gone, everythings gone.

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"A true Welsh thriller where the only dead body is a sheep" Who could resist that? I've taken the liberty of posting the front cover pic here where it can be more easily seen. Hope that's ok? Meanwhile I will be adding this title to the bookstore although it appears to be out of stock at the moment?

In an attempt to support local bookshops this book isn't currently available on Amazon, which is why they're showing it as out of stock. But the paperback and ebook can be ordered direct from our website - We're running a big promotion on this title at the moment, but when that's over it should be on Amazon.