Welsh novelist Catrin Dafydd announces long-awaited sequel to critically-acclaimed bestseller ‘Random Births and Love Hearts’ published on 14th February 2015


Critically-acclaimed Welsh author Catrin Dafydd publishes her new novel Random Births and Love Hearts with Gomer Press on 14th February 2015.


The book is the long-awaited sequel to Random Deaths and Custard, which was shortlisted for the Spread the Word: Books to Talk About award in 2009.


The novel sees the return of Sam Jones, a perfectly ordinary Valleys girl who is now a perfectly ordinary Valleys Mam. Still chasing the dream, her life is as weird and wonderful as ever. And just as random.


Helping and hindering her along the way is a cast of colourful characters; her feisty Anti Peg, her best mate Arse, her ex-squaddie brother Gareth and her annoying boss Glanville – some of whom will take her to some pretty unexpected places.


"Catrin is a rare talent and after the critical and commercial success of her debut English-language novel, we are delighted to be publishing the sequel. The book is based on an original, contemporary concept that fuses humour with a philosophical look at life in a modern day Valley’s community. It has a darkly comic core and if you liked Gavin and Stacey we are certain you’ll love this!"says Ceri Wyn Jones, editor at Gomer Press.


Catrin Dafydd is an established and experienced writer; she won the Literature Medal in the 2005 Urdd Eisteddfod and her debut Welsh-language novel Pili Pala was longlisted for the Welsh Book of the Year 2007. Written in the distinctive dialect of the South Wales Valleys, Random Births and Love Hearts showcases the author’s ability to experiment with language and form.


Commenting on the release of her latest novel, Catrin Dafydd said:


"Since the publication of Random Deaths and Custard, it's been a real privilege to see so many people take Sam Jones to their hearts. I'm very much looking forward to the release of Random Births and Love Hearts, as Sam is now at another stage in her life but she still has plenty more stories to tell."


Random Births and Love Hearts by Catrin Dafydd will be available from all good bookshops and online retailers. It is published by Gomer Press on 14th February 2015.




For more information, a review copy of the novel, jpeg of the book cover or author, or interview requests please contact:


Rosie Nutland, Brighter Comms: / 02921 023190


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Notes for Editors


  • Author, poet and performer. Catrin Dafydd graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She won the Literature Medal at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff in 2005 and now works as a freelance writer.
  • As well as writing scripts for popular Welsh soap opera, Pobol y Cwm, Catrin works on a variety oF literary, artistic and political projects.
  • Her first novel Pili Pala was published by Gomer Press in 2006 and was very well received.
  • Catrin’s debut English-language novel, Random Deaths and Custard, was shortlisted for the Spread the Word: Books to Talk About award 2009.
  • Catrin is originally from Gwaelod-Y-Garth and now lives in Carmarthen.