Richard Collins has been a farm labourer, gardener and estate worker. He lives with his family in west Wales and teaches at the Institute of Rural Studies in Llanbadarn. His first novel, the love story 'The Land as Viewed from the Sea', received much critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Whitbread and Welsh Book of the Year prizes in 2005.
For 'The Land As Viewed from the Sea': "A compelling read, dreamlike and lifelike at the same time.." -- The Guardian "An evocative story of dislocation and loss." -- Daily Telegraph "Fresh, surprising and ambitious, Collins' dark-hearted llove stoory unfolds with iimense narrative skill.." -- Whitbread judges