Vernon Hopkins
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<p>1960. Britain stood at the cusp of new times: the memory of the war was beginning to recede, employment was increasing, and something called rock and roll was knocking on the door from America. In Pontypridd, sixteen-year-old Vernon Hopkins had just found a new singer for his band: a local boy who would come to be known as Tom Jones. The...
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John Harris
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<p>Caradoc Evans (1878-1945) was a controversial author, most famous for his stories in <a href="https://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/my-people"><em>My People</em></a>, copies of which were publicly burned in Cardiff. Stylistically inventive, the stories unflinchingly (and unflatteringly) criticised...
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<h3>Pre-order now &ndash; publishing 26 October</h3><p><br />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...
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Barney Norris
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<p><strong>&lsquo;A rare duet, in which father and son rediscover a whole world through the redeeming power of art.&rsquo;<br />&ndash; Declan Kiberd</strong></p><p><br />In <em>The Wellspring </em>acclaimed novelist and dramatist Barney Norris conducts a conversation with his even...
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Peter Finch
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<p><strong>&lsquo;The Real Cardiff books have always been the locals&rsquo; best guide to the city&rsquo;<br />&ndash;&nbsp;<em>Cardiff Life​</em></strong></p><p><strong><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">&lsquo;</font>Utterly compelling...
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Miles&rsquo;s appraisal of Jones&rsquo;s paintings is not only eloquent, but refreshing... I would recommend this eminently readable book.&rsquo;<br />&ndash; <em>Art Unit</em></strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Well researched and thoughtful. This book...
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Sarah Philpott
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<p><strong>&lsquo;The story behind why this was written is equally as inspiring as are the dishes​&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;<em>Buzz Magazine</em></strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;[Sarah Philpott&rsquo;s] reasoning to try vegan food is sound. Less cruelty, more deliciousness, and some...
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Ian McMillan
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<p><strong>&lsquo;There are more, often hilarious, vignettes than points on the local map, every one of which is covered&rsquo; &ndash; <em>The Yorkshire Times</em></strong><br />&nbsp;</p><p>In <em>Real Barnsley</em>, Ian McMillan delves into the past of the Barnsley area...
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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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John Morris
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<p>In a case which shocked the country,&nbsp;Mandy Power, her bed-ridden mother and her two young daughters were battered to death in a ferocious attack during the early hours, in June 1999. The crime sparked the largest criminal investigation ever mounted in Wales yet to public dismay the police made little progress.</p><p>...
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Martin Griffiths
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<p><strong>&lsquo;I must confess to being completely star-struck by this seminal work​&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;<em>The Bay</em></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />In <em>Dark Land, Dark Skies</em>, astronomer Martin Griffiths subverts conventional astronomical...
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Rosanne Alexander
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<p><strong>&lsquo;As bracing as a lungful of salt sea air&rsquo; &ndash; BBC <em>Wildlife</em> magazine</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Alexander&rsquo;s writing is captivating. It is experiential, fresh, and alive&rsquo; &ndash; <em>Wales Arts Review</em></...
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Ian Spring
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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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Jen Jones
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<p>Jen Jones&nbsp;has written an expanded version of&nbsp;<em>Welsh Quilts</em>, her authoritative guide&nbsp;to the history and art of the quilt in Wales.&nbsp;Kaffe Fassett, the doyenne of textiles, provides a Foreword for this&nbsp;new edition, which also&nbsp;includes a greater&nbsp;number of...
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Iolo Williams
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<p>Wales is full of wildlife sites and in&nbsp;<em>Wild Places</em>&nbsp;television naturalist Iolo&nbsp;Williams picks his favourite forty from the many nature reserves scattered&nbsp;around the country. From Cemlyn on Anglesey to the Newport Wetlands, from&nbsp;Stackpole in Pembrokeshire to the Dee Estuary,...
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Clare Dudman
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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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Nicholas Murray
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<p><strong>&#39;Nicholas Murray unleashed his inner poet for his greatest nonfiction book,&nbsp;<em>Crossings</em>. An examination of borders of all kinds &ndash; cultural, political, linguistic &ndash;&nbsp;it is particularly poignant when he approaches liminal borders such as old age.&#39; Martina...
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Chris McCabe
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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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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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<p>Peter Finch follows the trail of twentieth century popular music from a 1950s valve radio playing in a suburban Cardiff terrace to the reality of the music among the bars of Ireland, the skyscrapers of New York, the plains of Tennessee, the flatlands of Mississippi and the mountains of North Carolina. <em>The Roots of Rock from...
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Richard Collins
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<p>When Richard Collins was diagnosed with a progressive incurable disease in 2006 he decided to see as much of the world as he could while his condition allowed. The result is <em>The Road to Zagora</em>, a singular travel book which takes in India, Nepal, Turkey, Morocco, Peru, Equador and Wales. &lsquo;Mr Parkinson&...
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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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