To Dream Of Freedom by Roy Clews
To Dream of Freedom was once described in the press as a “handbook for Welsh terrorists”. The book caused a storm of controversy when it was originally published in 1980. The then Anglesey MP Keith Best, amongst others, called on the book to be banned, claiming that it contained instructions on how to prepare a bomb.
To Dream of Freedom looks back at the Welsh bombing campaigns of the sixties and describes the volatile political climate of Wales between the drowning of Tryweryn and the investiture of Prince Charles. As well as describing the activities of movements such as the Free Wales Army, Patriotic Front, Lost Lands Liberation League and the more sophisticated MAC, many of the main activists such as John Jenkins, Cayo Evans and Dennis Coslett tell the story as they saw it. The new edition has a foreword by Sian Dalis Cayo-Evans, daughter of the late Cayo Evans, the charismatic leader of the FWA, and has many new revealing photographs from the height of the troubles.
Garmon Gruffudd of Y Lolfa said, “To Dream of Freedom is still regarded as a cult book in the eyes of Welsh nationalist and revolutionaries. The drowning of the Tryweryn valley almost exactly fifty years ago was a huge turing point in the history of modern Wales and sparked, for the first time since Owain Glyndŵr’s days, an armed rebellion in Wales. This extremely readable account of what happened remains one of our best sellers and most iconic publications.”
Before undertaking the story of the Welsh bombers Roy Clews, who now lives in Tregaron, had a colourful past. He had been a Royal Marines Commando, Stuntman, Kibbutznik and a tramp. His historical novels are popular on both sides of the Atlantic.