I thoroughly enjoyed this second novel – novella, really – by a founder of Wales Arts Review. With shades of The Talented Mr Ripley, it’s a dark, fast-paced literary thriller which centres on the fate of artist Francis Benthem who ostensibly created an enviable new life for himself, painting in Cyprus. But when he’s found dead, his former protégé, visiting the island to attend his funeral, gets himself thoroughly mixed up in its underworld after meeting a mysterious Russian benefactor, and caught up in the mystery of what happened to the Golden Orphans.
This review appeared in ‘Previewer’s Picks’ in The Bookseller Magazine in 2018 and gives an exciting taster of what could be expected in Raymond’s at that point still-anticipated thriller.
Our next event takes place on the 11th February 2019 and will be an exploration of the literary thriller genre. Cardiff author Gary Raymond will be in residence to discuss his new book, The Golden Orphans, alongside speakers Dr. Fiona Peters and Dr. Hannah Hamad.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Gary Raymond’s The Golden Orphans (Parthian, £8.99) starts off in classic Brit abroad mode as a down-on-his-luck artist travels to Cyprus to attend the funeral of his mentor and fellow painter, Frances Bentham. The unnamed narrator takes on his teacher’s old job, working for a … Continue reading Jeff Noon reviews The Golden Orphans
Writing for the Wales Art Review in September 2018, Jim Perrin reviews Gary Raymond’s new novel, The Golden Orphans. Read the review here and whet your appetite in readiness for our next BookTalk event on 11th Feb. 2019!
Cardiff BookTalk follows up its season of science fiction and fantasy by turning to another popular genre: the literary thriller. Join us on the evening of Monday 11th February 2019 as we explore The Golden Orphans, the brand new novel by Cardiff author Gary Raymond.
Tickets for our musical, BookTalk-with-a-difference event on 25th April 2018 are available from Eventbrite now.
Our next event will be BookTalk with a twist! We are pleased to welcome Tyler and Jonathan Keevil to celebrate the UK launch of Tyler’s latest novel, No Good Brother – a rip-roaring tale of ‘loyalty, love, danger and family’ (HarperCollins, 2018). Tyler Keevil is an award-winning writer … Continue reading BookTalk event, 25th April 2018: The No Good Brother(s) Tour with Tyler Keevil
Tonight’s event on The Facts of Life will feature a short video introduction and Q&A conducted over video link with Paula herself, followed by two speakers who will discuss the formal aspects of the graphic novel and psychological aspects of fertility. Get your tickets on Eventbrite now!
The third and final part of Paula Knight’s guest piece, originally written for Forbidden Planet International in December 2017. Parts I and II are also available. I’m interested in the natural world and how human beings think they are somehow apart from nature when, in … Continue reading Paula Knight on The Facts of Life, Part III
The second part of Paula Knight’s Director’s Commentary on The Facts of Life, originally written for Forbidden Planet International in December 2017.
In a Director’s Commentary written for the Forbidden Planet International blog, Paula Knight discussed some of the creative impulses that led to her graphic novel memoir, The Facts of Life.