Jon Gower's Reading Challenge continues with Home to an Empty House by Alun Richards


The novelist and screenwriter Alun Richards from Pontypridd was a consummate producer of fine sentences, which in turn powered and coloured half a dozen novels, two cracking collections of short stories, along with stage plays, screenplays and TV series, including The Onedin Line, which took many viewers grippingly out to sea.   In real life Richards wove his fine sentences into expansive, heart conversations, fuelled by great bonhomie and perhaps an early afternoon cocktail, stirred not shaken, the Mumbles way.
Home to an Empty House, first published in 1973, is a little belter of a novel, with many, many of those trademark Richards’ lines, which are often side-splittingly funny and oftentimes deliciously scabrous.  I can’t remember laughing so much in aeons.
Author, Broadcaster and Raconteur Jon Gower has undertaken the challenge to read all 33 titles in the current Library of Wales series, and review them. You can read his full review of Home to an Empty House on Wales Art Review now.
Others are starting to join in the challenge, including Parthian Nu2 writer Joao Morais and his friend, the 'artist and vagabond' John Abell. Are you joining in too? Do let us know.

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