Liz Jones on the acid casualties of a Tregaron dream
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The Half-Life of Snails

Morgan Davies admires this intriguing human story in which the nuclear debate is wrapped in a powerful exploration of personal and social development

PUBLISHED ON: 28/06/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

Sisters Helen and Jennifer live in the shadow of Wylfa Nuclear Power Station. Growing up in a sheep-farming family on the north coast of Anglesey, Wyl …

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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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Welsh [Plural]:Essays on the Future of Wales

Chris Moss can see how Wales’ pluralist, multicultural present rubs awkwardly against its imagined past, making this prose collection’s brief a teaser: can Wales be both distinct and inclusive?

PUBLISHED ON: 27/04/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

This snazzy-looking book is subtitled Essays on the Future of Wales, but many of the nineteen short pieces collected therein are bits of memoir, diary …

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Smooth Operator: The Life and Times of Cyril Lakin, Editor, Broadcaster and Politician

Despite its subject being un-flamboyant, Liz Jones finds fascinating this biography of a clubbable proponent of thoughtful conservativism who became the literary editor of the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph

PUBLISHED ON: 01/03/22

CATEGORY: Reviews

At first glance, this biography of Conservative MP Cyril Lakin appears an unlikely project for author and chronicler of the British Communist Party, G …

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Land of Whose Fathers?

A digital project aims to map land ownership across Wales – and you can help. Chris Moss talks to Dr Sioned Hâf, creator of Who Owns Wales/Pwy Bia Cymru, in this feature-length essay

PUBLISHED ON: 01/04/21

CATEGORY: Column, Essays, Opinion

Land is an enigma. It is soil, roads, houses and mountains, but more than any or all of those. It is, in a sense, all we have as humans. It is everywh …

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Kendal Mountain Festival: Levison Wood

Amy Aed, concluding her adventure series covering Kendal Mountain Festival 2020, is touched by Levison Wood's redemptive encounter with the Marsh Arabs

PUBLISHED ON: 16/12/20

CATEGORY: Adventure, Blog

Levison Wood, one of the most renowned speakers at this year’s Kendal Mountain Festival, shares stories about his incredible adventures and the people …

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Lest We Forget

Wanda Zyborska writes about HM Stanley, Denbigh, memorialisation and art, asking, How can we have equality without diversity in our cultural representations?

PUBLISHED ON: 28/07/20

CATEGORY: Column, Opinion

The recent actions of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters tearing down statues of the slave owner Edward Colston in Bristol has drawn public attention …

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Pravda Ha Ha

Jemma L King is intrigued by this exploration, comic in parts, in which a return to Russia 30 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, reveals the rise of the Right and how the little guy was shafted in the interim, and the stupid became unjustifiably wealthy

PUBLISHED ON: 02/03/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

Jemma L King is intrigued by this exploration, comic in parts, in which a return to Russia 30 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, reveals the r …

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Crocodiles by Youssef Rakha

Niall Griffiths

PUBLISHED ON: 11/02/20

CATEGORY: Reviews

It began appallingly – with the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia – but the reforming hope that rose, phoenix-like, from those awful flam …

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