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plateaux, gateaux, chateaux
Mary Davies Parnell
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<p><em>Plateaux, Gateaux, Chateaux</em> is the final volume in Mary Davies Parnell&rsquo;s popular trilogy of childhood memoirs. Having overcome the hurdle of O levels, Mary is now in the sixth form, a period when her horizons are widened in many directions. A new interest in dramatics and a dramatic, clandestine night out...
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Lorraine Bewsey
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<p><em>Poet Portraits / Portreadau Beirdd</em> results from a year-long project initiated by artist Lorraine Bewsey to paint twenty leading poets with strong connections to Wales. Her portraits are executed in pastel, in a uniquely expressive hyper-realist style which has been greeted with praise by critics, curators &ndash;...
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Poet to Poet, Judy Kendall
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<p>&quot;... gives a fascinating insight into Thomas&#39;s transition from prose hack to major poet.&quot;<em> <strong>&ndash; The Guardian</strong></em><br /><br />&quot;This marvellous book about the thankless, frustrating task of, well, keeping on keeping on. But, frankly, what else...
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Poetry and Privacy, John Redmond
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<p><em>Poetry and Privacy</em> questions a set of relationships &ndash; critical, authorial, and existential &minus; between poetry and the public sphere. Its main contention &minus; that readings of British and Irish poetry rely too often on a thesis of public relevance &minus; arises out of a more general...
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Poetry of R.S. Thomas
John Powell Ward
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<p>R.S. Thomas was perhaps the greatest living British poet, the author of twenty collections of poetry, a writer of international repute and the subject of increasing critical and academic interest. <em>The Poetry of R.S. Thomas </em>was the first critical work about him, an invaluable volume which has yet to be surpassed. Its...
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Poor Mans Parliament, Martin Shipton
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<p>A decade after devolution 6 out of 10 Welsh voters didn&rsquo;t know which parties formed the Welsh Assembly Government. Rhodri Morgan, the long-serving First Minister, was recognised by less than 50%, other party leaders had less than 10% recognition. In addition to this voter disengagement, the system of law-making seemed not to be...
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David Parry-Jones
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<p>Gwyn Nicholls (1874-1939) is the starting - and perhaps the end - point of any debate about great rugby centres. Playing at a time when rugby developed into the game known today, Nicholls was universally recognised as the outstanding back of his time and a great thinker about the game, both technically and tactically. At once, he was the...
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Rhys Davies
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<p>Long before the idea that all biography is fiction became fashionable, Rhys Davies was cheerfully retelling his life story without mention of such minor details as his date of birth, or the existence of brothers and sisters. Despite this deviation from convention, <em>Print of a Hare&rsquo;s Foot </em>is both compelling...
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Tim Davies, Process
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<p>Tim Davies is one of the most exciting artists working in Britain today. Internationally exhibited and acclaimed he specialises in art which explores identity through artefacts &ndash; he has approached Wales through wool, fire, oil-drenched seabird feathers, lead from the roof of a disused chapel. More exotically he has returned a...
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real cardiff
Peter Finch
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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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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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Real Cardiff Two, Peter Finch
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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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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Patrick McGuinness
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<p>Oxford, city of dreaming spires, bicycles, Inspector Morse, tourists, gentility. Or perhaps a less familiar place? <em>Jericho</em>, once seedy backstreets with Oxford&rsquo;s main porn cinema and an astonishing concentration of pubs, now mythologised by Philip Pullman and gentrified beyond the wildest imaginings of the...
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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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Peter Stead
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<p>The story of Richard Burton&rsquo;s life is well known: from son of a Welsh miner and ward of a local teacher to international superstar. He became as famous for being Richard Burton and husband of Elizabeth Taylor as for the extraordinary acting abilities which made his name. A globe-trotter with a Swiss home, Burton never forgot his...
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Peter Finch
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<div>Peter Finch and Grahame Davies are ideally placed to select the writers and writing which reflect the modern Cardiff. Here are revealing and entertaining contributions from some of the finest writers in Britain, all of whom have something personal, original and incisive to say about the city &ndash; including Niall Griffiths, Dannie...
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The Burning Ashes of Time, Patricia Aithie
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<p><br />The discovery of a traditional Welsh blanket in the palace of the former ruler of Yemen took Patricia Aithie on a fascinating journey of discovery. In the Yemeni seaman of the steam age she finds an unexpected link between her hometown of Cardiff, once the world&rsquo;s biggest coal-exporting port, and Aden, where the coal...
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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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<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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Phil Cope
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<p>Author and photographer Phil Cope takes us on a journey through the sacred wells of Wales, from&nbsp; Anglesey to&nbsp; Gwent. 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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<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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The Scam, Peter Lloyd
Peter Lloyd
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<p>Sharp-edged, tough and funny, <em>The Scam </em>is Peter Lloyd&rsquo;s play about two young Welshmen out to hit the business big time. Keen to escape their dead-end lives on a housing estate, AI and Oar make do picking apples until a chance meeting with the quick-talking Finn sets a wholesale scheme in motion that could...
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The Welsh Illusion
Patrick Hannan
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<p><br /><br />Wales has changed almost beyond recognition in the last twenty years, yet many still cling to the romantic image of what it once was rather than cope with the reality of what it has become. The persistence of myth in the face of incontrovertible evidence is one of the Welsh illusions analysed in this book. Another...
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