An incongruous ice-cream van lurches up into the Welsh hills through the hail, pursued by a boy and girl who chase it into their own dark make-believe world, and unfurl in their compelling voices a tale which ultimately breaks out of childhood and echoes across the years.

Pigeon is the tragic, occasionally hilarious and ultimately intense story of a childhood friendship and how it's torn apart, a story of guilt, silence and the loss of innocence, and a story about the kind of love which may survive it all.


A Welsh adaption, Pijin, was published by Sian Northey at the same time as the originial English.

Winner of the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award and the Wales Arts Review People’s Choice Award in Welsh Book of the Year Award 2017.


  • '...deceptively simple... throughly engaging... a timeless quality... I should like to recommend that the unpretentious prose of Pigeon be read primarily for its humaneness and subtle poetical spirit.'

    Wales Arts Review

  • Might have been authoured by Faulkner...just as imaginatively capacious...Never overwrought, rather pitch-perfect.'

    Omar Sabbagh, New Welsh Review

  • '...a quite brilliant and empathetic writer of both narrative and character. Pigeon is an extraordinary book about people, place, language and culture.'

    From the Margins

Alys Conran


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Publication details:

Parthian (2016)