Peter Ho Davies's short stories have appeared in a variety of
magazines and newspapers and have been widely anthologized. His first
collection of stories was The Ugliest House in the World
(1998), which contains tales set in Malaysia, South Africa and Patagonia.
It won the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award and the Mail on Sunday/John
Llewellyn Rhys Prize. His second collection, Equal Love, was published in 2000.
He was inspired to write The Welsh Girl by one of his earliest memories of the small brass trinkets he used to play with when staying at his grandmother's house in North Wales, which she told him had been made from old shell casings by German prisoners of war held in camps in Snowdonia (the area local to The Welsh Girl, named after the highest mountain in Wales). He was fascinated at how these objects had passed from hand to hand to reach his.
Interesting Link: Short stories by Peter Ho Davis at Ploughshares.
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