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Black apples of Gower
by Iain Sinclair

The bestselling hardback. IAIN SINCLAIR walks back along the blue-grey roads and the cliff-top paths of his childhood in south Wales, rediscovering the Gower Peninsula, a place first explored in his youth.

Author: Iain Sinclair

Published June 2015

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…luxuriant prose, has a dark, ascorbic bite, lingering on the tongue just as surely as it does in the mind.” JON GOWER Caught by the River

IAIN SINCLAIR walks back along the blue-grey roads and the cliff-top paths of his childhood in south Wales, rediscovering the Gower Peninsula, a place first explored in his youth. Provoked by the strange, enigmatic series of paintings, Afal du Brogwyr (Black Apple of Gower), made by the artist Ceri Richards in the 1950s, Sinclair leaves behind the familiar, ‘murky elsewheres’ of his life in Hackney, carrying an envelope of black-and-white photographs and old postcards, along with fragments of memory that neither confirm nor deny whether he belongs here, amongst the wave-cut limestone, the car parks and the Gower bungalows.

But digging and sifting, he soon recognises that a series of walks over the same ground – Port Eynon Point to Worm’s Head – have become significant waymarks in his life, and his recollections of a meeting with the poet of place, Vernon Watkins, is an opening into the legends of the rocks and the mythology behind the Black Apples of Ceri Richards and the poems of Dylan Thomas. Under cliff, along limestone shores, Sinclair comes to realise that the defining quest must be to the Paviland Cave, where in 1823 the Reverend William Buckland found human bones put to ground 36,000 years ago. All the threads of this story lead underground, through this potent and still mysterious cavern, to the site of the first recorded ritual burial in these islands.

IAIN SINCLAIR

176 x 128mm hardback
184 pages printed on Munken papers
Jacket by Ceri Richards

ISBN 978-1-908213-28-0

Published 1st July 2015

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Weight306 g
Dimensions22 x 165 x 185 mm

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  1. A wondrous journey through mystic Welsh locations by James Attlee (The Independant)

    …With Black Apples of Gower the author is travelling even further back in time, to his origins in Horton, a ‘village on the edge of amnesia’ on the Gower coast in Wales. Gower, Sinclair explains, sees itself as a severed English community stuck on the wrong side of the Bristol Channel. Sinclair, who had his Welsh accent bullied out of him at public school in Cheltenham, is therefore a kind of double outsider, at home neither side of the border: perfect qualification for a professional chronicler of London… READ MORE – THE INDEPENDENT – BLACK APPLES OF GOWER

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