Brittle with Relics: A History of Wales 1962–1997

Chris Moss finds that the oral testimony which comprises this volume leaches both its incisiveness and its energy

PUBLISHED ON: 28/06/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Interviewing people is not as easy as good writers make it appear. You have to ask the right people the right questions. You have to corral and conniv …

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Rivers of Wales

Catherine Duigan finds that this book is a cultural treasure house for Welsh rivers, inspiring care for their future

PUBLISHED ON: 28/06/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jim Perrin follows streams to the lowlands in his new book, Rivers of Wales. It is easy to be swept away in its strong currents of folklore, to tumble …

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The Dossier: Miscarriages of Justice in South Wales 1982–2016

Beau Longley discovers in this outstanding book a litany of injustice, and a reduced respect for the police

PUBLISHED ON: 28/06/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

No police officer has been brought to book for their part in these cases, despite the evidence behind the convictions being judged unsafe.   I ha …

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The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes our Lives

Ed Garland finds fascinating this tour through the musical past, which is also a poignant account of loss

PUBLISHED ON: 28/04/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

The Museum of Portable Sound will bring you into contact with an extensive collection of strange sonic entities. You can listen to an old MiniDisc pla …

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Planet Blues

PUBLISHED ON: 26/04/22

CATEGORY: Essays, Feature length, Reviews, review-essay

It’s early winter. I’ve just been for a walk in a field. It’s part of the large estate that surrounds my home – a rented, retired 1830s farmhouse – an …

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The Making – and Unmanning – of the Welsh Collier

A comparative history, a repackaged work of nonfiction and an essay collection provide a rich seam of reflections, writes Chris Moss in this feature-length review-essay

PUBLISHED ON: 30/03/22

CATEGORY: Essays, Reviews

MIners’ houses, Trealaw, Rhondda Valley by Isabel Alexander, from Miner’s Day.   Miner’s Day by BL Coombes, with illustrations [‘Rhondda images’] …

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Solo Women Walking – So What?

Julie Bromilow-Nicklen makes an unscientific survey of the facts and myths about women hiking alone

PUBLISHED ON: 26/01/22

CATEGORY: Column

Last month, a fellow writer contacted me. He found ‘the recent flowering of solo women walkers’ to be an interesting phenomenon and would appreciate m …

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Lady Charlotte Guest: The Exceptional Life of a Female Industrialist

Dr Wyn Thomas finds this a riveting and well-crafted account of an industrialist, philanthropist and the Mabinogi’s first editor and translator

PUBLISHED ON: 25/01/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

I began reading Victoria Owen’s account of Lady Charlotte Guest, knowing little about Lady Charlotte and what she accomplished. On concluding the book …

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The Long Field

Chris Moss on a memoir of place, full of ageless energy, where pink-lensed romance is balanced by reality

PUBLISHED ON: 25/01/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

In the beginning the sky had more to offer. That’s where the action was, in the chaotic skyscape of west Wales. Cumulous banks, dazzling as airborne g …

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Lies and the Brontës: The Quest for the Jenkins Family

Jemma L King is amused, enthused and finally admiring of a rich portrait of a period, from micro to macro, and a book that is at once complex and likely to be debated in years to come

PUBLISHED ON: 27/07/21

CATEGORY: Reviews

What actually is a biography? Who gets to define the truthful representation of a subject, who has the authority? And if we are being honest with ours …

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