Our congratulations go to Professor Patrick McGuinness, Professor of French and Comparitive Literature, Sir Win and Lady Bischoff Fellow in French, and Tutor in Modern Languages, who has been named winner of the Wales Book of the Year Award 2012 for his debut novel, The Last Hundred Days (Seren Books).
The winners were announced in Cardiff on Thursday 12 July.
The English language panel, which was chaired by Spencer Jordan, said of McGuinness’ winning book:
In a world turned upside by the Arab Spring and economic cataclysm, can there be a more apposite or important book than The Last Hundred Days?
I doubt it. Set against the backdrop of Ceaucescu's crumbling regime, the book explores the very human cost when society itself begins to self destruct.