[ 2007-03-07 10:33 ]
A powerful, often bleak work which has been compared to Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting
Grits is the story of a group of disenfranchised loners who meet in a small coastal village in West Wales at the end of the 1990s.
The members of the group are brought together as they try to escape their various addictions - alcohol, drugs, promiscuity, petty crime - and find meaning within their blighted lives.
Each character's story is told phonetically in their own rich dialect, which effectively carries their personalities from the page.
An uncompromising, often bleak novel, Grits is certainly a difficult book, but the dedication of any reader will be rewarded.
The Element of Water was chosen by Radio 1 presenter Bethan Elfyn as her Welsh book of choice.