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collected stories of alun lewis
Alun Lewis
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<p>Alun Lewis (1915-1944) was one of the few great British writers of the Second World War. His early death at the age of twenty-eight robbed Wales of its most promising poet and story writer. Born and brought up near Aberdare in south Wales, the son of a teacher, he read history at Aberystwyth and Manchester. After a period of unemployment...
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Robert Watson
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<p><em>Rumours of Fulfilment</em> is a novel of the passing through to womanhood of two sisters, Rhiannon and Ruth McLellan. Living in a sleepy Welsh village, 18-year-old Rhiannon is determined to break out into a wider world by going to university in England. This and her young English art teacher seem to be an escape from...
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A Toy Epic, Emyr Humphreys
Emyr Humphreys
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<p><em>A Toy Epic </em>is the story of three boys moving towards the threshold of adult life in the Thirties. From differing backgrounds, their lives cross and touch until they become firm friends. Each of them, Michael, Albie and Iorwerth, take up the story in turn, creating their own particular world and contributing to the...
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The Show-Me State, Lloyd Rees
Lloyd Rees
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<p>When Arthur Noone arrives at South Missouri State University to research American usage of English, words almost fail to describe the fix in which he finds himself. Bored with academe and escaping a broken marriage, the weak-willed Arthur is desperate to have a good time with American beer and women. In a fruitless wait for a new woman...
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My People Caradoc Evans
Caradoc Evans
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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>The appearance of My People in 1915 caused a literary sensation. In England critics praised it as a work of art comparable with Zola and new writers such as Joyce. In Evans&rsquo;s native Wales there was outrage at his portrayal of rural west Wales. Instantly Evans became the most reviled man in his...
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The Green Bridge
John Davies
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<p>The short story is popular in Wales with both readers and writers, attracting the talents of the country&rsquo;s foremost authors. Here, twenty-five English-language writers provide a story each to produce an entertaining and varied anthology. Horror, satire, humour, war, tales of the aristocracy, of navvies, love and madness,...
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lonely's game, R.W. Jones
R.W. Jones
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<p>The IRA are loose in Wales, aiming to assassinate Prince Charles and Diana at Cardiff castle. The hit-squad&rsquo;s divided in lust and loyalty. The plan may already be compromised &hellip;<br /><br />Detective Sergeant Will Morgan has problems: a youngster murdered, another on the run, an unsuitable rookie to break in...
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Griffri, Christopher Meredith
Christopher Meredith
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<p>&rsquo;In the dream I&rsquo;m travelling very fast and without effort high over the ground as if I&rsquo;m a bird flying. There&rsquo;s the trackless mass of trees and strips of mountain ridges and the thread of river like sour milk. The sky is dark blue and red like bruises. I swoop down and then up to miss smashing into...
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love from Wales
Sian James
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<p>&#39;Who made an ache under my rib?&#39; asks the poet on the first page of <em>Love from Wales</em>, and just what makes the Welsh a passionate race? This selection of poetry and prose on the theme of love by Welsh poet Tony Curtis and novelist Sian James offers some lively answers.<br /><br /><em>...
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After the First Death, Tony Curtis
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<p>This anthology contains writing by many of the greatest authors of Wales. From Wilfred Owen and David Jones, Dylan Thomas and Dannie Abse to Christopher Meredith and Gillian Clarke, it spans a century which saw both the barbarism of mechanised warfare and the development of mass communication, mass literacy and a flourishing of creative...
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<p><br />Most of the stories are set in Gwyn Thomas&rsquo;s native South Wales Valleys during the Depression of the 1920s and 30s. The conditions then - massive unemployment, poverty, emigration, loss of self-esteem - are the basis of Thomas&rsquo;s art. The result is not a grey or embittered writing; a highly developed sense...
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