A Handsome Little Sum:
Remembering Tony Bianchi

From Planet 228

by T. Robin Chapman

T. Robin Chapman on the life and work of one of Wales’s most perceptive writers, who died in July. In his second and first languages, Tony Bianchi challenged literary orthodoxies and narrated the fragmented lives of a post-industrial society, and is also remembered for his wonderful company.

Photograph © Ram Devenini

Tony Bianchi at a book signing for Sol a Lara © Gomer 2017

It was impossible to see Tony Bianchi in person or on television, hear his voice over the phone or notice his name in the inbox without instinctively thinking, ‘Oh, good’. Tony’s company through any medium was always a treat. Everyone who spent time with him would have wished those times to be longer and more frequent.

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