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<p><em>The Golden Valley </em>is a personal account in words and photographs of the Garw where Phil Cope has lived for thirty-five years. In it he explores the valley&rsquo;s history: sparsely worked agriculture; boom-town coal exploitation; sudden, followed by gentle, post-industrial decline; attempts at re-invigoration...
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Grahame Davies
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<p><strong>&ldquo;I shall put this on the shelf next to Sinclair&#39;s &#39;London Orbital&#39; and Alan Moore&#39;s &#39;Jerusalem&#39; where it will conspire and whisper the secrets of time and place with its companions.&rdquo;&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Simon Satori&nbsp;Hendley</strong>...
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<p>Published to celebrate Elaine Morgan&rsquo;s centenary, this informative biography restores Morgan&rsquo;s reputation and establishes her significant place in writing from Wales. It outlines her early days living only just above the poverty line in the Rhondda in a Labour/Communist steeped family, before reading English Literature...
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Daniel Butler
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<p>For twenty-five years Daniel Butler has lived in the Cambrian&nbsp;Mountains near&nbsp;Rhayader, absorbing the world around him&nbsp;and charting its changes, slow and rapid. His passion for keeping&nbsp;hawks was compounded by two wild birds, barn owls which&nbsp;nested at his farm and became increasingly tame and...
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<p><em>Lime, Lemon &amp; Sarsaparilla </em>is a wonderful evocation of Italian immigration in south Wales from the turn of the century to the postwar years, when the Italian café was central to life in many small communities in the Valleys. This first detailed book on the subject follows the fortunes of Italian families such...
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<p>In <em>Dear Mona</em> artist Jonah Jones records in his own words not just the story of his early life and his relationship with Mona Lovell, but also that of the Second World War, of being on the Home Front, on the European battlefield and in the nascent Israel.&nbsp;</p><p>These letters are a remarkable first...
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Norena Shopland
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Norena Shopland has lovingly trawled the Welsh archives for evidence of past lives lived in society&rsquo;s shadows; the stories herein are both inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure.&rsquo;<br />&ndash;&nbsp;</strong><em><strong>Buzz Magazine</strong></em...
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Aled Rhys Hughes
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<p><strong>&lsquo;A </strong> <strong>sensitive, allusive photo-essay about the interactions between landscape, memory and time&rsquo; &ndash; Planet</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Mametz​ marks the centenary of the Battle of Mametz Wood, the most significant battle in World War I...
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<p>The murder of God-fearing, bible-quoting, partially deaf Thomas Thomas at the branch of Star Stores he managed in Garnant, South Wales has remained an unsolved mystery since it happened in 1921. His body was found on the morning of Sunday February 13<sup>th</sup>, his head smashed, his throat cut and with a stab wound to the...
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Mike Rees
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<p>The Great War marked a profound change in attitudes to war and the conduct of it. Six million men from the British Isles served in it, 720,000 (12%) were killed. Junior offices had a 20% survival rate; up to 80% of a battalion could be lost. Battle had changed from engagement by professionals to wholesale, mechanized slaughter. The effect...
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Dr John Pikoulis
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<p>Alun Lewis (1915-1944) was the most prominent writer of World War Two, in poetry and short fiction. <em>Raiders&rsquo; Dawn</em> (1942), answered the critics&rsquo; questions about the absence of war poets in that conflict, and his story collection <em>The Last Inspection</em> (1943) was a best selling...
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Jasmine Donahaye
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<p><strong>Wales Book of the Year Non-Fiction Winner, English Language Category 2016</strong></p><p>In 2007, in a chance conversation with her mother, a kibbutznik, Jasmine Donahaye stumbled upon the collusion of her family in the displacement of Palestinians in 1948. She set out to learn the story of what happened,...
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Phil Cope
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<p>Author and photographer Phil Cope, takes his camera on a journey through the sacred wells of Scotland from the Borders to the Orkney Islands. On his way he discovers wells in city centres and, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere &ndash; on mountainsides, in deserted valleys, on the coast, in sea caves. They include healing wells...
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Stephen Wade, The Girl Who Lived On Air
Stephen Wade
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<p>Sarah Jacob was the Carmarthenshire farm girl who dominated the national and regional press for almost all of 1869. In the popular imagination she was &lsquo;the Welsh fasting girl&rsquo; and although she was not the first anorexic, she was arguably the first to cause a national furore, and become something of a celebrity. She...
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Phil Cope
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<p>The border country between Wales and England is a fertile place in many senses. Settled for millennia, one of the few links we have with early man here are their surviving pagan, pre-Christian wells. Sacred wells have played an important part in the culture and landscape of the region, and continue to do so. Following his books on wells...
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The Harp in Wales, Bruce Cardwell
Bruce Cardwell
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<p>A celebration of the harp in Wales, an instrument as symbolically key to a Welsh identity as the flag itself. Foreword by Catrin Finch.<br /><br />Bruce Cardwell provides a history of the harp in Wales, including how it grew to prominence, its evolving role in Welsh culture, how it became a central symbol of Welshness, how it...
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The Chapels of Wales
Huw Owen
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Call Mother a Lonely Field, Liam Carson
Liam Carson
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<p><strong>SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL Ondaatje Prize 2013</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div>&quot;A family memoir, written with a son&rsquo;s love of his parents and filled with<br />the gentle particulars of life in Northern Ireland when all one saw from&nbsp;</div><div>the...
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Jack the Ripper: The Hand of a Woman, John Morris
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<p><em>&quot;In the end this is a book so well written and enthralling that it is almost impossible to set it aside once started. The sound, smells, flavors of Victorian England suffuse every page. For those who enjoy mysteries and the process if investigation and resolution, this book is bound to please&quot; </em><...
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The Dragon and the Crsecent
Grahame Davies
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<p><em>&quot;This is a fully annotated work of scholarship as well as an always readable, sometimes exciting book that opens out a previously neglected aspect of Welsh - and British - culture over more than 400 pages&quot; - </em><strong>Steve Dube, Western Mail</strong></p><p>In the early twenty-...
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What did you do in the War, Mummy?, Mavis Nicholson
Mavis Nicholson
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<p>A wonderfully varied collection of women talk to Mavis Nicholson about their lives during the second world war. Their frank and vivid stories reveal intimate details of how they lived, worked, loved and coped in those years.<br /><br />They discuss the new freedoms, the make-do and mend, the hopes and the fears, as well as the...
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Llandaff Cathedral, Nick Lambert
Nick Lambert
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<p><strong>&quot;This long awaited but splendid book by Nick Lambert and his co-authors.. tribute is due to the team who produced it, with my thanks for their dedication and enthusiasm.&quot;&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;...
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Phil Cope
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<p>Sacred wells have played an important part in the culture and landscape of Cornwall for several millennia, and continue to do so. <em>Holy Wells: Cornwall</em> is a collection of beautiful colour photographs of forty-five of the most important and pre-eminent wells in the county, accompanied by an informative text about the...
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<p>&#39;Conradi writes thoughtfully and non-judgementally even when dealing with contentious matters of Welsh politics and cultural identity. He is glad to quote Bidgood&#39;s declaration that she did not come to this area to escape the world: &quot;This is the world.&quot; Completed by Simon Dorrell&#39;s exquisite pen-...
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