Welsh Book Club ( Archived Material )

Ceri Shaw
03/27/14 10:57:10PM
Comment by Ceri Shaw on November 15, 2012 at 10:46am

Hi Graham

We would be delighted to review anything you send us. I will email you shortly with our physical address.


Comment by Graham Lawler on November 15, 2012 at 9:59am

check out our www.aber-creative-writing.com site and let me know what you think. Can we send you copies to review on here from our office in North wales?

Comment by Gaynor Madoc Leonard on September 14, 2012 at 10:39am

The book was originally published (by Gomer Press) in 2002 under the title "O! Tyn y Gorchudd" and has now been translated by Lloyd Jones. My Welsh is (I'm sorry to say) nowhere near good enough to read the original so I'm grateful for Jones's wonderful English version published by Maclehose Press this year. Although it is a novel, it's about a real family.

Comment by Ceri Shaw on September 14, 2012 at 10:19am

Will be interested to hear more about the Angharad Price book. Not a title that I was aware of.

Comment by Gaynor Madoc Leonard on September 14, 2012 at 9:49am

Three books reviewed in The Western Mail are: Slaying the Dragon (Y Lolfa) by Robert W Griffiths is an examination by an atheist of religion. The title comes from Bertrand Russell "It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion."

Spying for Hitler: The Welsh Double-Cross (University of Wales Press) by John Humphries tells the story of how the Abwehr attempted to use Welsh nationalist feeling to recruit agents in Wales.

A Sixpenny Christmas (Random House) by Katie Flynn is a war-time romance set in Snowdonia and Liverpool.

Comment by Gaynor Madoc Leonard on September 14, 2012 at 9:40am

I shall write more fully about it in a few days (when I've dried my tears!) but I have to say that Angharad Price's book The Life of Rebecca Jones is one of the most beautiful and moving books I've read.

Comment by Baarbaara Sheep on August 16, 2012 at 4:45am

I would like to include David Lloyds "Warriors" I was lucky enough to hear him read at an open mic night in Merthyr and got a signed copy of his new poetry book, I love it.

Comment by Jean Mead on July 18, 2012 at 2:55am

A description of Caernarvonshire 1809 -1811 by Edmund Hyde Hall.

Edited from the original MS. in the Library of the University College of North Wales by Emyr Gwynne Jones.

The tribulations of a man travelling alone, on foot, over mountains, through often barren landscape of the county. I love dipping into this book and sharing the loneliness of this man's journeys as he attempts to catalogue Caernarfonshire. A description, because of its close proximity to my home always appeals to me. Hyde Hall says 'In quitting the fortress (which is from painful experience I can suggest ought to be done by the same path by which it is visited), and in advancing along the back of the hill towards Conway, the traveller soon arrives at a scene which is absolutely bewildering from the multitude of its objects. Druidal circles of various sizes, stones of memorials, and tumuli or carneddau without number, all evidence that this spot had been equally conspicuous in the history of British warfare and of British superstition.'

Not a lot has changed since he wrote this!

Copies of reprints of the book are still available.

Comment by philip stephen rowlands on June 25, 2012 at 1:55pm

"The Rape Of The Fair Country" - Alexander Cordell. Also 'The Hosts of Rebecca and 'Song of the Earth'.

You can actually go on tours of 'Cordell Country'.

Comment by Darren Powis on September 18, 2010 at 5:52am
The Return of The Kin by R.W. Finlan (published by Daric Books)

Welshman Stephen Parry had always lived a fairly quiet life until the fateful day he was called by The Kin and became embroiled in a centuries long war between the forces of Good and Evil that was destined to reach a bloody conclusion.

This fast-paced epic quest style adventure with a contemporary feel crosses alternate worlds as a band of intrepid adventurers head for a showdown with Corrus Agrippa, Master of the Dark Realm and the embodiment of all evil.

This highly enjoyable novel makes for some great escapist reading and features some strong characters and epic battle scenes. Recommended.

Available from www.daricbooks.com