Francis Brett Young, Michael Hall
Michael Hall
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<p>Francis Brett Young (1884-1954) was one of the most prolific and successful authors of his era. His thirty novels and four collections of stories were published in more than two hundred editions and eleven languages, and were adapted for film and radio. At his peak Brett Young&rsquo;s novels sold half a million copies and he was the...
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John cowper powys
Herbert Williams
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<p>John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) has been called the forgotten man of English literature, seemingly a remarkable assessment for such a prolific writer. Novels such as <em>Weymouth Sands</em>, <em>Wolf Solent</em>, <em>A Glastonbury Romance</em> and <em>Maiden Castle</em> stand as landmarks in...
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laughter from the dark
Michael Parnell
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<p>Novelist, playwright, broadcaster, raconteur: by the time of his early death in 1981, Gwyn Thomas was widely admired as all these things, in addition to being a much-Ioved columnist in <em>Punch</em>. Once described as &rsquo;the greatest talker in the world&rsquo; he was the veteran entertainer of The Brains Trust and...
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clough williams ellis
Jonah Jones
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<p>The architect Clough Williams-Ellis (1883-1978) is probably best known as the creator of Portmeirion, the Italianate village known as &rsquo;the Xanadu of Wales&rsquo; and the setting of the cult television series, <em>The Prisoner</em>. As Portmeirion attests, Williams-Ellis was an architect with an eye for space,...
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Barbara Russell
Barbara Dennis
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<div>An early feminist, the first woman to be seriously considered for the post of Poet Laureate, a poet not afraid to tackle the difficult subjects of poverty, prostitution and rape in her work, and a passionate supporter of Italian unity, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a radical figure. Yet for too many she simply remains &#39;the...
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arthur machen
Mark Valentine
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<p>Arthur Conan Doyle called Machen a genius; Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and H.G. Wells admired him. His classic horror novel T<em>he Great God Pan</em>, which both shocked and delighted contemporary readers with its dark portrayal of sexuality and its alluring villainess, has been favourably compared to Stevenson&rsquo;s <em...
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Richard Poole
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<p>Richard Hughes (1900-76) is probably best known for his remarkable bestseller about childhood, <em>A High Wind in Jamaica</em> (1929), now recognised as a modern classic. <em>In</em> <em>Hazard</em> (1938), his second novel, has been compared to Conrad&rsquo;s <em>Typhoon</em>. In his...
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Philip Wilson Steer, Ysanne Holt
Ysanne Holt
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<p>Philip Wilson Steer (1860-1942) spent his childhood and youth at Whitchurch near Ross-on-Wye, just three miles from the English-Welsh border, and studied at the Gloucester College of Art. He was at the centre of much controversy in the British art world at the end of the nineteenth century and was a prime mover in the adoption of French...
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Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Donald Hunt
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<p>Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876) is one of the most influential figures in English Cathedral Music. In rewriting the settings of the Canticles he revived devotion to that part of the service; he is also the author of many memorable anthems. Beyond composition, his influence was extended through controversial reforming pamphlets on the...
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Wilfred Owen, Merryn Williams
Merryn Williams
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<div>Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) is now generally accepted to be the finest poet of the First World War, whose writing helped to define the term &#39;War Poet&#39;. Although he is widely studied, and has been the subject of a number of biographies and critical books, Owen, the man and the writer, has still to stand completely revealed....
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Henry vaughan
Stevie Davies
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<p>There is no portrait of Metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan (1621-95), and little documentation of his life. However, at the tercentenary of his death his writing remains as influential as ever and the writer continues to fascinate.<br /><br />Stevie Davies uses her skills as a novelist and critic to bring to life her now distant...
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Edward elgar
John Allison
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<p>.<br /><br />Edward Elgar was for many years the most popular composer in Britain; his music was, and remains, inextricably linked with the final, glorious years of the Empire. Yet Elgar himself was almost entirely untypical of the British Establishment. Born a shopkeeper&rsquo;s son, part of an active Catholic family and...
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Intermittent journals dannie abse
Dannie Abse
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<p>&#39;More, please Dannie&#39; said <em>The Sunday Times</em> on the publication of <em>Journals from the Ant-Heap</em> in 1986. <em>Intermittent Journals</em> answers that call, bringing back into print that book and adding to it &rsquo;Notes Mainly from the Clinic&rsquo; (1981),...
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Dennis potter
Peter Stead
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<p>Dennis Potter is the most gifted and influential playwright in television history. Millions of people have been fascinated by his novels, plays, adaptations and films. Brilliant Oxford student, journalist, an early television critic, a failed parliamentary candidate, Potter belongs to that generation of the working-class which rose to...
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Eric Gill & David Jones at Capel-y-Finn, Jonathan Miles
Jonathan Miles
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<p>.<br /><br />This is the first book dedicated to the four year collaboration between two major British artists, Eric Gill and David Jones, at Gill&rsquo;s artistic-religious community at Capel-y-Ffin, a remote disused monastery in the Black Mountains. There, during the nineteen twenties, Gill and Jones came under new...
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Houseman, A E
Keith Jebb
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<p>The poetry of A.E. Housman is being redisovered. His volume <em>A Shropshire Lad</em> led him to be considered the finest poet in England. Housman&rsquo;s work, popular, accessible, pessimistic, fell from favour in the post-war period but as his times are reassessed there is a growing interest in his authentic voice.<br...
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Raymond williams
Tony Pinkney
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<p>Raymond Williams (1921-1988) was one of the most original and influential thinkers of the post-war period. Many know him for his work on mass culture and his left-wing literary criticism, yet he is also the author of six novels, set in his native Welsh border country. This area was central to all of Williams&rsquo; work and it seems...
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Peter Stead
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<p>The story of Richard Burton&rsquo;s life is well known: from son of a Welsh miner and ward of a local teacher to international superstar. He became as famous for being Richard Burton and husband of Elizabeth Taylor as for the extraordinary acting abilities which made his name. A globe-trotter with a Swiss home, Burton never forgot his...
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Gladys Mary Coles
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<p>Novelist, poet and mystic, Mary Webb (1881-1927) is an author undergoing revival and revaluation. Her most famous novel, <em>Precious Bane</em>, won the Prix Femina of 1924 and was recently televised. While her work was admired by Rebecca West, John Buchan, de la Mare and others during her lifetime, popular succes came only...
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Alun lewis a life
John Pikoulis
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<p>Alun Lewis (1915-1944) is one of the most impressive and important writers of the century. The leading author of World War Two, perhaps the leading poet, he is still an influential figure, particularly in his native Wales. In this new and revised edition of his biography John Pikoulis draws on unpublished material and Lewis&rsquo;s...
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Edith Pargeter: Ellis Peters
Margaret Lewis
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<p>Ellis Peters is famous throughout the world as the author of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, featuring her monastic medieval sleuth. Televised, adapted for radio, transformed in to talking books, the Cadfael novels have played a major role in turning crime writing into a literary genre. But there is more to Peters than her twenty...
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Swansea Girl, Barbara Hardy
Barbara Hardy
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<p><em>Swansea Girl </em>is a recollection of childhood and adolescence in the &rsquo;20s, &rsquo;30s and &rsquo;40s, told with an attractive candour and made vivid by the author&rsquo;s remarkable eye for detail.<br /><br />Barbara Hardy&rsquo;s maternal grandfather came from Devon to work in the...
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Ysanne Holt
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<p>Philip Wilson Steer (1860-1942) spent his childhood and youth at Whitchurch near Ross-on-Wye, just three miles from the English-Welsh border, and studied at the Gloucester College of Art. He was at the centre of much controversy in the British art world at the end of the nineteenth century and was a prime mover in the adoption of French...
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<p>Drawing on new research and interviews with people who knew Dylan Thomas during his stay in Cardiganshire, David Thomas has uncovered exciting new material which will surprise Dylan fans and scholars alike. The Majoda shooting, the setting of Under Milk Wood, Thomas&rsquo;s literary connections, the claims that he spied for British...
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