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<p>Revisiting his native city, Ian Spring&rsquo;s new book charts how it has changed over the last forty years. In <em>Real Glasgow</em> he visits the city&rsquo;s landmarks, and also his personal landmarks, overlaying the current map of Glasgow with the map in his memory.</p><p>Among the shipyards of Govan,...
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<p>Join novelist Clare Dudman as she explores within the city walls of Chester in this new addition to the Real series. Here is the richly historic city as you <em>won&rsquo;t</em> find it in guidebooks: a place which looks over its shoulder at its long and very visible past, and the continuing redevelopment and its effects...
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<p>Join poet Chris McCabe as he explores London&rsquo;s South Bank in the latest title in the&nbsp;Real series. Here is the area as you won&rsquo;t find it in guidebooks: the&nbsp;&lsquo;oozy&rsquo;&nbsp;docklands&nbsp;history, its legacy of institutions and their buildings, its attraction for great writers...
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Real Gower, Nigel Jenkins
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<p>Gower was the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK and is rightly famous for its beaches, its surfing and its history. <em>Real Gower</em> joins the two halves of lordship of Gower, the tourism of the peninsula (Gower Anglicana) and the more remote &lsquo;Gower of the Hills&rsquo; in the centre and north...
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Real Port Talbot, Lynne Rees
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<p>Port Talbot is for many a version of the &lsquo;Valleys-by-the-sea&rsquo; and certainly its heavy industry, shoehorned into a narrow belt of flat land, feels like a twenty-first century throwback to coal-mining Rhondda. It is the result of an old fashioned local industrial baron building a port to export his coal, and of the...
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Real Swansea Two, Nigel Jenkins
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<p><em>&quot;Swansea made real for a second time. Jenkins has done an impressive job. Entertaining and informative, a voyage of discovery in depth, full of quirk and quality, opinion and controversy, history and topography, magic and academia.&quot;</em> <strong>- Peter Finch</strong></p><p><br...
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Real Powys, Mike Parker
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<p><em>&quot;Passionate, well informed and funny...&quot; </em><strong>- Planet</strong></p><p>The old kingdom of Powys covers some of the most remote and thinly populated parts of Britain. In <em>Real Powys</em> long-term resident Mike Parker explores what is it like to live in the...
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Real South Pembrokeshire, Tony Curtis
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<p>&quot;Real South Pembrokeshire is a terrific mix of lore, legend and personal lyricism.&quot; Dai Smith</p><p>Poet, and past resident and frequent visitor Tony Curtis roams south Pembrokeshire, from costal resorts of Tenby and Saundersfoot, west to the surfers of Stackpole and Barafundle and north to the Landsker, the...
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Real Bloomsbury, Nick Murray
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<p><br /><br /><strong>&quot;His (Murray) amiably informative and well-illustrated book is the ideal companion to any tour.&quot;&nbsp;</strong><br /><em>The Independent</em></p><p>Birthplace of Christian Socialism. Site of the British Museum, University College, RADA, the...
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Real llanelli
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<p>Llanelli stands on several borders in Wales. Industrial town, or still belonging to its rural Carmarthenshire hinterland? Welsh or Englishspeaking? Plaid or Labour? Shaped by its workers or by the small number of families who employed them? It all makes Llanelli that much more interesting than a town of its size has any right to be.<br...
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Real Cardiff Three Peter Finch
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<p>Since Peter Finch began his capital trilogy in 2002, Cardiff has changed enormously. In <em>Real Cardiff Three</em> Finch checks out the new, from Torchwood to St David&rsquo;s 2, while continuing his authorial dig, revealing the places and people who make the city what it is.</p><p>En route he looks across...
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Real Liverpool, Niall Griffiths
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<p>In population terms, Liverpool isn&rsquo;t a huge city (it is dwarfed by Birmingham), but it looms colossally in the history (recorded and mythical) of the British Isles, and indeed the world. <em>Real Liverpool</em> is Niall Griffiths&rsquo; antidote to some of mawkish twaddle that has marked Liverpool&rsquo;s...
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Real Wales, Peter Finch
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<p>In this ambitious offering from the Real&hellip; series, following acclaim for <a href="&quot;https://www.seren-books.com/product-search/p/1875/&quot;"><em>Real Cardiff</em></a> and <a href="&quot;https://www.seren-books.com/product-search/p/1918/&quot;"><em>Real...
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Real Merthyr, Mario Basini
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<p>Merthyr Tydfil, seldom can a town of 55,000 people have had such a long and such a varied history. Named after the slaughter of Tudful, daughter of the Prince of Brycheiniog in a time before history was written, site of a Roman fort (at Penydarren, now under the football ground), site of a Norman castle (at Morlais), the epicentre of the...
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Real Aberystwyth, Niall Griffiths
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<p>Aberystwyth: two languages, a university, a farming community, a port turned marina, a holiday resort, seat of the National Library of Wales and the Welsh Books Council, home to writers and spies. It is a singular place composed of any number of conflicting and complimentary things, with a medieval beginning, Victorian heyday and...
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Real Wrexham, Grahame Davies
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<div>&ldquo;Sometimes I read something and it seems to be so &lsquo;right&rsquo; it is beautiful &ndash; and that is how this short passage seems to me&hellip;Grahame Davies is an accomplished poet, journalist and critic and is also fascinated by his home town &ndash; and it shows. This book; which seems to me to be...
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real newport, ann drysdale
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<p>Britain&rsquo;s youngest city as you&rsquo;ve never seen it before. Just another Victorian port or an Elizabethan maritime centre? A featureless South Wales town or a growing city on the verge of massive and original redevelopment? The &ldquo;new Seattle&rdquo; (Paul Flynn) or a haven for single mothers working the system...
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Real Cardiff Two, Peter Finch
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<p>In the sequel to the hugely popular <a href="&quot;http://www.seren-books.com/public/products.cfm?&amp;subItemId=1875&quot;... Cardiff,</a> Peter Finch explores the city further, hunts for the legendary peripherique and discovers rubbish dumps, walled housing estates and dead-end lanes. He walks the coast around...
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real cardiff
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<p>Peter Finch&rsquo;s hugely popular alternative guide to the capital of Wales: &quot;One of the best books I have ever read about a city.&quot; Jan Morris.<br /><br />Peter Finch discovers the real Cardiff - lost rivers, itinerant poets, the old race courses, the revitalised city centre, the redeveloped Cardiff Bay...
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<p>In the seven years since Peter Finch wrote <em>Real Cardiff </em>the city has changed enormously, especially in the centre and Cardiff Bay, where the latest phases of development are coming to fruition. Post-industrial Cardiff is one of the themes of the final volume in the <em>Real Cardiff</em> trilogy as Finch...
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