Shortlisted in the Tír na nÓg Awards 2021

Gwenno is dead: perfect, clever, beautiful Gwenno, popular with the swots and cool kids alike. But was she really the angel that everyone thought she was – blonde-haired and blue-eyed, living a privileged life in that grand farmhouse with a successful father and popular mother?

From the bestselling and award-winning author of Llyfr Glas Nebo (The Blue Book of Nebo), comes Manon Steffan Ros’ latest novel, Llechi (Slate). When sixteen-year-old Gwenno is found murdered, we are guided through the aftermath – and, in time, the lead-up – by her friend Shane, through whose eyes we see the impact of the death on his friends, on their parents, and on the community at large. A dark, compelling murder mystery, Llechi is set in and around Bethesda, a town built on the back of the slate industry and whose community continues to live in the shadow of Penrhyn Quarry. Infused by the sensitivity and generosity that defines all her writing, Ros successfully centres her narrative on the experiences and pressures of young adulthood whilst simultaneously defying straightforward categorisation, capturing both a wide readership and a zetgesist. Through consummate plotting and authorial commitment to character, Llechi offers a unique perspective on places and people so often overlooked – until it’s too late. This raw, emotional story from one of Wales’ most popular writers that unearths the darkness beneath those warm, smooth slates.


  • "Llechi is a masterclass of exposition written by an author at the peak of her powers"

    Alun Davies, nation.cymru

  • "Llechi certainly doesn’t disappoint, and her ability to draw us into the lives of her characters until we are fully engrossed is as strong as ever in this novel."

    Llio Mai Hughes, Sôn am Lyfra

  • "The murder mystery story line of this novel is very similar to some contemporary popular television series, and so this story will certainly appeal greatly to a wide range of readers."

    Adjudicator, Tir na n-Og Awards 2021

Manon Steffan Ros


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Publication details:

Y Lolfa (2020)


Translation rights:

Garmon Gruffudd
Y Lolfa
Ceredigion SY24 5AP
Cymru/Wales, UK