Troubador Aberystwyth Boy

Released: 28/01/2018

ISBN: 9781788038119

Format: Paperback

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Aberystwyth Boy


Aberystwyth Boy contains fourteen stories that range from the light and humorous to the sombre, even tragic. Seen through the eyes of an unsophisticated teenage boy who may not fully comprehend all that he observes, the stories are a study of character and relationships based on the author’s own experiences.


Set in rural West Wales in the 1950s and 60s, the events described are often dramatic, shaping the lives of the author, his family and school friends. The book features a cast of well-rounded and accessible characters, some of whom appear in several stories. Key figures include the author’s brother and an uncle, both of whom face challenges that test them to their limits.


The collection was initially published by a Welsh publishing house and was well received. That edition is now out of print. There is one additional tale in this second edition, making fourteen stories in all.

The book was published on 18 February 2018.

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A simple, useful guide. J an a writer and have more than the basic level of understanding but this book still had helpful and insightful tips that I have picked up and used. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an entry level text on the subject.

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Gwynn Davis

I am a retired academic (Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, Bristol University Law School). I published extensively in the course of my work, but Aberystwyth Boy is my one attempt at fiction.

Most of the fourteen stories in this collection were written when I was in my early thirties, although I added several more following retirement.

I have a younger brother, Gary, a version of whom figures prominently in my stories.

I spent my teenage years in Aberystwyth and the stories present a cast of characters familiar to me from that time. The 'voice' is that of a young boy, but the stories are intended for adults. They are a (mostly) humorous take on the travails of teenage years.

This is the second edition of the book, one story having been added since the first edition, published in 2015.

In my younger days I was a good athlete, winning multiple Welsh titles and competing for Wales in the 1970 Commonwealth Games. I now live in Cardiff with my partner, Sue. We are both keen tournament bridge players and I also enjoy teaching and writing about the game.

I do not participate in any form of social media but I am happy to be contacted via email to [email protected]

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