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SALVAGE by GeeWilliams (YLolfa, pounds 9.99) Recently nominated for Britain's oldest literary award, the James Tait Memorial Prize, Williams' novel tells of possession, betrayal and loss. For Elly and Martin, a short break in a seaside cottage is a chance to forget their hasty exit following classroom scandal. But Elly makes a life-changing find on the tideline, a diamond dress-ring with finger bones still attached. But the question is, why has Elly such power?

JUST ANOTHER MZUNGU PASSING THROUGH by Jim Bowen (Parthian, pounds 9.99) Set in Kenya in the late 1990s, this is the story ofaWelshman as he heads for poverty-stricken Africa. We follow the experiences of Griff, a farmer's son from West Wales, as he settles in to an English teaching job in a failing school in Nairobi. The poverty is overwhelming, yet the dignity and determination of the average Kenyan moves him beyond measure.

SUNDAYS AT TIFFANYS by James Patterson (Century, pounds 14.99) Jane is a seven-year-old loner whose mother, separated from her father, is self-obsessed with her own predicament. Jane's only solace is in the form of an ideal male companion, a 30-something named Michael who is a figment of her imagination. Now in her 30s, Jane remains alone - but Michael is back and this time he's real. It's readable, but don't expect any stand-out moments.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 11, 2008
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