Tazmamart: 18 Years in Morocco’s Secret Prison

Amy Aed explores the physical and mental struggle of Aziz BineBine during his 1972 imprisonment in a secret Moroccan prison, retold throughout the novel Tazmamart

PUBLISHED ON: 17/04/20

CATEGORY: Blog

The year was 1972 and Aziz BineBine was a young soldier caught up in the failed coup d’état against King Hassan II in Morocco. Days after following or …

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The Greatest Need: The Creative Life and Troubled Times of Lily Tobias, a Welsh Jew in Palestine, by Jasmine Donahaye

Eluned Gramich

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Eluned Gramich sings in praise of readers of unkosher novels and among them, Lily Tobias, the subject of Jasmine Donahaye’s expert biography in Honno’ …

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John Jenkins: The Reluctant Revolutionary?

John Barnie

PUBLISHED ON: 30/07/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

In his pioneering study, Hands Off Wales (2013) Wyn Thomas examined militant responses to the political and social challenges of the late 1950s and ’6 …

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Two books on Edward Thomas

Alex Diggins

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Edward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition: Volume III: Biographies, Richard Jefferies & George Borrow, is edited by Jem Poster and publish …

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Caradoc Evans: the Devil in Eden

Liz Jones assesses this blockbuster, by his editor and bibliographer over three decades, of the controversial, reviled trailblazer

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Caradoc Evans’ reputation will not leave him alone. More than a century after the publication of My People, his debut collection of short stories, the …

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Just Help Yourself: Tom Jones, The Squires and the Road to Stardom

Chris Moss roots for the author, who literally dragged Tom Jones out of a pub to sing in his band, and finds this also-ran far more interesting than his one-time buddy who achieved mega-success but ended up rich but remote

PUBLISHED ON: 29/01/19

CATEGORY: Reviews

Tom Jones belongs to a tiny niche of the very famous that seem always to have been around. As a mainstream artist whose creative peak was some five de …

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Try the Wilderness First: Eric Gill and David Jones at Capel-y-Ffin

While a borderland hamlet may seem a useful site to locate contradictory morality, Kieron Smith writes, this book focusing mainly on Gill the artist who designed the BBC logo’s typeface, does not deal with the extent to which British entitlement can hide in plain sight

PUBLISHED ON: 30/10/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Borders are a favourite theme among literary and cultural critics. Usually they are presented as sites of interaction and exchange, ‘liminal’ spaces w …

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Staring Back at Me

Suzy Ceulan Hughes is struck by the emotional paralysis the characters in these stories display, alongside warmth, humour and tenderness

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Tony Bianchi, who died too young in the summer of 2017, was an extraordinary man in many ways. Not least of these was that, having learned Welsh only …

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Rocking the Boat: Welsh Women Who Championed Equality 1840–1990

A narrow reading of national identity that disregards exiles has made the pioneering feminists in this rigorous, readable group-biography, doubly invisible within Welsh historiography, writes Liz Jones

PUBLISHED ON: 26/06/18

CATEGORY: Reviews

Each essay in this group-biography of pioneering feminists is as individual as the woman it portrays. From a ’slice of life’ approach (Lady Rhondda), …

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Everywhere to Everywhere: Edward Thomas, George Borrow and the Open Road

Jem Poster

PUBLISHED ON: 30/11/17

CATEGORY: Essays

Edward Thomas’ biography of George Borrow was by no means a labour of love, but it was perhaps a book he had to write. On the one hand, he was repelle …

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