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Author and academic, Martial Rose comments on: South to that Dark Sun. Gareth Owen’s new collection of short stories.

wonderful book….Now that I have read every story “impressed” is quite the wrong word.  I have been gripped, at story-telling skill and range; my attention has never flagged from start to finish.
Made in Heaven  is a masterpiece.
 In How I met My Wife, which I also thought stunning, the meeting with Blenkinsopp and the laconic conversation with Beavis as they both shelter from the rain is priceless. 
Fault, Guilded Butterflies. Sixteen, all transfixed me.


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Strongly recommended for its range of themes, skilled use of language and shrewd depiction of character. I found it difficult to put down. Would make an excellent Christmas present for the discerning reader. None of this will come as a surprise to those familiar with Owen's poetry


5.0 out of 5 stars A book to read! 17 Oct 2010
Are five stars sufficient for this consummate work of art? Here are twelve short stories, some bright and bouncy, others of a darker shade, but all gripping in their power to hold the reader, at times through an exquisite sense of humour while at other times leading to the edge of horror. The freshness of the material and the unself-consconciousness with which it is informed argue a narrative skill of the highest order. My great pleasure in reading this book was a little allayed by there not being a second volume at hand to open.

Jenny Rose. Professor of Religion, Claremont University, California. Visiting Prof. at Stanford University

I was much impressed throughout by the masterly way in which Gareth Owen handles the stories and the imaginative reach which enables him to enter and capture so many different situations. I hadn't come across his work before. Clearly he is a well established and deservedly applauded author but the fact that he is not more widely known just goes to show what riches there are out there. Looking back to those two first stories I recall that I was immediately impressed by his technical skill in taking the reader into a situation deftly, economically and credibly, and in giving a meaningful shape to the narrative, but it was when I read the stories with an English setting that it seemed to me that the technical skill was allied with a higher level of human insight and an intimate awareness of the social setting, and both of these qualities called more strongly on the empathy of the reader. (I suspect the English stories draw more deeply upon moments of the author's own life.) As a short story writer Gareth Owen is obviously keen to lead the narrative towards a kind of reversal which gives a roundedness to the story — with an amusing irony in 'Gilded Butterflies', for example. (I also thought that in this story he captured very convincingly the thought processes of an actor, especially in drying up on stage.) A story that remains with me is 'Fault' — very economical, very poignant, even if perhaps flawed because the tragic disjunction to which it leads at the end appears a little contrived. Two hospital stories ('Sixteen' and 'How I Met my Wife') impressed me, and the title story and 'Underpass' are both memorable in the way they are realised.

Brian Tippett  - Emeritus Pro-Vice Chancellor University of  Winchester University.


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Ruby and the Dragon, (Collins) £4.95 

Is a combination of the words of Gareth Owen and the story-boarding, cartoon strip illustrations of Bob Wilson. Given the proven track records of  both collaborators, it ought to work and it does.
Owen’s spare, economical text is all that is needed, as Wilson colours in the storyline, carefully leaving spaces for the child’s imagination to conjure in. To have successfully brought that old chestnut, “the school play”, to life is praise in itself.

                                                                                                                The Guardian

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The Man with Eyes like Windows (Collins) £5.99 - SOLD OUT  

Gareth Owen’s novel is a winner.     The Guardian

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Collected Poems for Children (Macmillan £4.99) SOLD OUT

is a gem. There are very few poetry collections that I read cover to cover in one go…Containing the poems from Salford Road, Song of the City and My Granny is a Sumo Wrestler I was already familiar with the material but this in no way dampened my enthusiasm for them second, (third, fourth, fifth…)time around…Witty and elegant these are the poems of a truly masterful performer.

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'Gareth Owen’s poetry is original, beautiful, serious, funny, real and imaginative…..Nothing quite like it  has been done before. I can’t tell you how good it is!'

Poet, Patric Dickinson.

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The Door, A Short Film

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Gareth Owen and Phil Brown

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