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When Jennifer moves to a remote Welsh cottage, she falls in love with the solitude and the beautiful landscape. Back in the Victorian age, Arianwen lives a lonely and repressive life in the same isolated cottage, knowing she can never be with the girl she adores. Playing the piano is her only comfort. Yet how can Jennifer hear Arianwen’s hymn-playing in her dreams? In this erotic ghost story, the two young women’s lives embrace so tightly, past and present blurs until it’s hard to tell where Jennifer ends and Arianwen begins.
‘If you have read Tipping The Velvet, you will enjoy The Dreamers. Tanwen Coyne has written an arresting piece of Gothic fiction. Her prose sparkles with sensual delight and encourages a poetic diction in its evocation of a sense of place. Haunting and magical, The Dreamers captures the power of memory; it is also emotionally satisfying, an extremely good read.’ —Dr Julie Armstrong
‘Tanwen Coyne’s The Dreamers is set in Wales. She has an acute sense of place and a sensitive ear for the nuances of language. Quietly, persistently and with great sensitivity she draws the reader into a secret complicity with this intriguing narrative. She writes with a poet's eye for detail and a painter's responsiveness to landscape. I read the whole thing in one sitting. What makes The Dreamers so distinctive is the way in which it subtly subverts the conventions it sets about to explore. In the hands of a less accomplished writer this would be a dangerous thing to attempt — but Tanwen Coyne never loses control of her characters and never falters in the sureness of her storytelling. The Dreamers is a compelling piece fiction written by one of our most gifted and promising emergent writers.’ —Ian Parks