Cynan Jones (1975) was born near the coastal town of Aberaeron in west Wales, and is an authour of five novels.
His first novel, The Long Dry (Parthian, 2006 and republished by Granta, 2014) won a Society of Authors' Betty Trask Award and saw the author selected to the Hay Festival Scritture Giovani project in 2008. It is translated into Arabic, Albanian, French, Italian, Turkish and is forthcoming in Dutch in 2018.
His novel, Everything I Found on the Beach (Parthian, 2011 and republished by Granta, 2014) was published in French by Joelle Losfeld in 2014, and has also been translated into German and Italian.
The Dig (Granta, 2014) won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014 and the Wales Book of the Year 2015 in the Fiction category, and was long and shortlisted for a number of other prizes internationally. A chapter of the book was also shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award and won the readers' vote. The Dig is translated into Armenian, Dutch, French, German, Macedonian, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.
His most recent novel Cove (Granta 2016) has been translated into Dutch and was longlisted for the Europese Literatuurprijs, as was The Dig. Cove has also been shortlisted for the 2017 Welsh Book of the Year Award. Cove was chosen for the 2017 Exchange Bookcase.
The first three novels are published in the United States by Coffee House, and Cove will be published in Spring 2018 by Catapult.
Jones's short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in a number of anthologies and publications including Granta and The New Yorker. He also scripted an episode of the Welsh BAFTA-winning television crime drama Hinterland.
He won the 2017 BBC National Short Story Award for his 'lyrical, tension-fuelled' short story, The Edge of the Shoal.