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Robert Darch : Vale


His name: Robert Darch. The title of his book: Vale. He presents it as follows:

A lot of the themes that the work explores are very prescient at the moment, especially isolation, illness and a nostalgia for a lost time.

The book reflects on a long period of ill health (a minor stroke, then glandular fever, followed by a diagnosis of ME/CFS) I experienced in my twenties and the isolation and loneliness that happened because of that.

Whilst I was ill I would get lost in daydream and fiction, creating imaginary worlds to temper the isolation and sadness. Vale imagines a lost summer spent swimming in rivers and exploring woods underscored by a sustained sense of eeriness.


Robert Darch : Vale

Self Published in 2020 by Lido Books

Cover Illustration by Anna Skeels

Essay by Dan Cox

Cover Design by Nia Gould

64 Pages / 220 x 170mm

36 colour images

Printed Hardcover with Silver Foiling

Casebound & Sewn

GardaPat Kiara Paper 150gsm

Edition 750

Offprint at Gomer Press

ISBN: 978-1-8382195-0-5

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