Search for Wales' greatest novel is launched

A bid to find the greatest Welsh novel of all time has been launched by the Wales Arts Review.

During 2014, the review will publish essays by some of Wales' top literary voices nominating a list of 25 novels.

A public vote will follow in November and the winner will be announced at the end of the year.

Novels set in Wales, about Wales or written by a Welsh author will all be considered.

Wales Arts Review editor Gary Raymond told BBC Radio Wales all genres would feature in the list which he said was a diverse collection of old and new, with a few surprises.

The competition is open to novels written in Welsh and English as long as they demonstrate "Welshness".

Many writers have used the nominating essay to argue why their chosen book might qualify as Welsh, Mr Raymond said.

Nominations will be released fortnightly in a bid to encourage people to read the books put forward.

An award will be presented to the winner who will be announced at the end of the year.

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