“...Meaning to do no more than skim, I found myself still there an hour later, guzzling the stories one by one like sweets in childhood...” Stevie Davies, New Welsh Review
Shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year 2009
A new collection from an award-winning fiction writer, these stories have depth, maturity and resonance. Presented with flair by a true story-teller, they look out to a widerworld with themes that are universal. Blood, etc contains fifteen stories. In Free Again, teenager Teg has the worst night out ever in Liverpool. In Weed rural Welsh families drive a priest into drug-dependency: then God himself materializes. Whether, as in the title story, it’s spilt on the road or just stays coursing through the veins, blood is what they are all concerned with.
An extract from Blood,etc
It was the worst thing he had heard in his life: a deep, throaty bellow that rose and slackened, rocketed up to an almost unbearable pitch before subsiding into a thick gurgle. Another bellow – more gurgling – a blessed pause – and a horrible human-like scream.
The steps down onto the road were almost blocked by the car’s bonnet but he fought the hawthorn to get out. Hidden by the car but now directly ahead of him he came across Mel. She was lying on her side, one arm beneath her head, which was turned toward him. Her eyes were wide open and apparently staring into his. Her hat was still in place though pushed back so that strands of bright red hair were on show and there was a long black mark across her cheek. As he knelt down to touch her face and speak a word to her, the off-side door of the Mercedes (with its dented panel) began to swing open. It would, he saw, catch the unmoving Mel in its arc. Angrily he placed both fists on the door and slammed it shut. A face behind the glass - with an open mouth - registered with him as nobody, neither man nor woman.
“Stay in!” he shouted at it. Dimly he was aware that in the vehicle’s interior someone had begun to cry.
“Dreams, hopes and disappointments mingle in the tales, and far more happens between the lines than in the written words. This way of seeing and sharing is a rare talent that sets Gee Williams apart and aloft from many of her contemporaries, carrying us with her.”
Review of Blood Etc
“Dreams, hopes and disappointments mingle in the tales, and far more happens between the lines than in the written words. This way of seeing and sharing is a rare talent that sets Gee Williams apart and aloft from many of her contemporaries, carrying us with her.” Judy Darley; Essential Writers
Welsh Web Shop interviews Gee Williams about her book 'Blood etc' Wales Book of the year 2009.