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Real llanelli
Jon Gower
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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
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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Gwyn Parry
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<p>A retrospective through poems and photographs of the town of Mynydd Parys, near Amlwch on Anglesey, formerly one of the largest copper mines in the world.</p>
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<p><em>Redesigning Democracy</em> weaves together two important political stories. The first charts the long and often divisive campaign for a Welsh Assembly. The second tells the previously untold story of the devolution battle inside the Labour Party, from the ignominy of the 1979 referendum to the forced resignation of Alun...
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A.J. Hyne
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<p>A private in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, David Jones did not have the status of &rsquo;official war artist&rsquo;, which makes his drawings of army life all the more fascinating. Here are the eighty-one surviving drawings from Jones&rsquo; notebooks, recording life in the training camps of Salisbury Plain, in the front line on...
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The Gwilliam Seasons, David Parry Jones
David Parry-Jones
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<p>In the late forties and early fifties the Welsh rugby team was virtually unbeatable - indeed the 1953 side was the last to beat New Zealand. The teams then included some of the all-time greats: Cliff Morgan, Bleddyn Williams, Lewis Jones, Ken Jones. If the backs were outstanding, they were aided by a pack of rigour and technique which...
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Ken Elias: Thin Partitions
Ceri Thomas
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<p>Ken Elias is one of the leading artists living and working in South Wales. Over the last forty years, he has produced an impressive body of acrylic paintings on canvas and paper, as well as photomontage and mixed media works. Born in Glynneath towards the end of the Second World War, he represents a new generation of artists, of working-...
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Hoofpicks: photographs of the horse in Wales
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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>The horse has been central to Welsh history and retains a place of great significance and importance in Welsh society even in the age of car travel and growing urbanisation.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Photographer Bruce Cardwell set himself the task of recording the many ways in which...
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at the bright hem of god: radnorshire pastoral
Peter J. Conradi
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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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once, mcneillie
Andrew McNeillie
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<p><em>Once</em> is the journey from boyhood to the threshold of manhood of poet Andrew McNeillie. From an aeroplane crossing north Wales the middle-aged writer looks down on the countryside of his childhood and recalls an almost fabulous world now lost to him. Ordinary daily life and education in Llandudno shortly after the war...
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a useful fiction, patrick hannan
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<p><strong>&lsquo;A&nbsp;cracking read which... is as relevant, if not more so, than ever.&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;<em>On: Yorkshire</em></strong></p><p><br />In <em>A Useful Fiction</em> political broadcaster Patrick Hannan provides a punchy commentary on how the mere...
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Real Wales, Peter Finch
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 Liverpool, Niall Griffiths
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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Behind the Canvas, kevin sinnott
Kevin Sinnott
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<p>Kevin Sinnott is one of the most popular artists in Britain: his figures in landscape and images of human relationships are widely sought-after by collectors and museums. This unusual book celebrates his sixtieth birthday &ndash; unusual in that it is written by the artist himself. Part autobiography, part exploration of his art, it...
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Real Merthyr, Mario Basini
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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fatal neglect who killed dylan thomas
David N. Thomas
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<p>Who and what killed Dylan Thomas? The death of this iconic writer, in New York in November 1953, remains shrouded in mystery fifty-five years later. What might have been a triumphant new departure in his career and life with the first production of <em>Under Milk Wood</em>, and plans to work on operas with Igor Stravinsky and...
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Phil Cope
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<p>The holy wells of Wales are one of its best keep secrets. Here, photographer Phil Cope, selects 42 of his favourites and reveals their histories, mystery and, stunningly, their physical appearance. The wells range from almost invisible rock strewn holes in fields and rocky outcrops, to commercialised spas in mid Wales and the full-blown...
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necrologies
Meic Stephens
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<p>Perhaps nothing captures the zeitgeist of a person or their society than their obituary. <em>Necrologies</em> &ndash; as the French call them &ndash; is a gathering of sixty obituaries written by Meic Stephens for <em>The Independent </em>of &ldquo;writers, historians, artists, broadcasters, political...
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martha jane & me
Mavis Nicholson
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<p>Today, television interviewer Mavis Nicholson regularly rubs shoulders with the famous. As a girl in south Wales in the thirties and forties, she dreaded her friends finding out how closely she rubbed shoulders with Martha Jane, the grandmother whose large feather bed she had to share until she left home.</p><p>Mavis&rsquo...
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Real Aberystwyth, Niall Griffiths
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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The German Great Escape, Peter Phillips
Peter Phillips
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<p>On 10 March 1945, 80 German POWs escaped from the Island Farm Camp in Bridgend, south Wales. This is the story of the camp. It held senior German military figures prior to the Nuremburg War Trials. Within months of their arrival the escape was made. All but one was recaptured in the subsequent manhunt, and a tense period for the...
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Geraint Talfan Davies
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<p>Devolution to Wales and Scotland may prove to have been the most profound change in the UK in recent years. The consequences are far-reaching, and not just political. Geraint Talfan Davies, media and arts executive for more than three decades, recalls and reflects on the impact of this development for culture and civil society.</p>...
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Into Painting: Brendan Stuart Burns
David Alston
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<p>A small, isolated beach in Pembrokeshire is the almost exclusive subject of the paintings of Brendan Burns. His aim is to record, explore and interpret the constant change of shoreline, tide, horizon, climate and rock pools through a semi-abstract style which references artists from Monet to Pollock.</p><p>Paint, layered...
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Real Wrexham, Grahame Davies
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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