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Brittle With Relics

Brittle with Relics is a landmark history of the people of Wales during a period of great national change.



'Richly humane, viscerally political, generously multi-voiced, Brittle with Relics is oral history at its revelatory best: containing multitudes and powerfully evoking that most remote but also resonant of times, the day before yesterday.'

DAVID KYNASTON



There is no present in Wales,

And no future;

There is only the past,

Brittle with relics.

- 'A Welsh Landscape', R. S. Thomas



In the closing third of the twentieth century, Wales experienced the simultaneous effects of deindustrialisation, the subsequent loss of employment and community cohesion, and the struggle for its language and identity. These changes were largely forced upon the country, whose own voice, rarely agreed upon within its borders, had to fight to be heard outside of Wales.



Brittle with Relics is a history of the people of Wales undergoing some of the country's most seismic and traumatic events: the disasters of Aberfan and Tryweryn; the rise of the Welsh language movement; the Miners' Strike and its aftermath; and the narrow vote in favour of partial devolution.



Featuring the voices of Neil Kinnock, Rowan Williams, Leanne Wood, Gruff Rhys, Michael Sheen, Nicky Wire, Sian James, Welsh language activists, members of former mining communities and many more, this is a vital history of a nation determined to survive, while maintaining the hope that Wales will one day thrive on its own terms.



'A testament to the brutal circumstances that bonded the communities of Wales into a new polity for the 21st century.'

GRUFF RHYS



'This book is a guide to remembering who we can be when we work together.'

GWENNO SAUNDERS



'An essential telling of Welshness that contains a powerful reflection of Englishness, too.'

EMMA WARREN

Terrible Kindness

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When we go through something impossible, someone, or something, will help us, if we let them . . .



It is October 1966 and William Lavery is having the night of his life at his first black-tie do. But, as the evening unfolds, news hits of a landslide at a coal mine. It has buried a school: Aberfan.



William decides he must act, so he stands and volunteers to attend. It will be his first job as an embalmer, and it will be one he never forgets.



His work that night will force him to think about the little boy he was, and the losses he has worked so hard to forget. But compassion can have surprising consequences, because - as William discovers - giving so much to others can sometimes help us heal ourselves.



'I LOVE IT! Utterly and completely brilliant.' JOANNA CANNON



'It's a long time since I've read a debut novel that moved me so much.' RACHEL JOYCE



'Extraordinary.' SOPHIE HANNAH



'A brave and tender novel.' JOANNA GLEN



What readers are saying:

'One stunning read to remember.'



'Beautifully written . . . I would recommend this book to all.'



'Utterly heartbreaking and uplifting . . . I loved it.'



'Tremendous.'

Mori

A powerful novel for adults - Ffion Dafis's first novel, following the success of her first autobiographical book. She is already a well-known actress.

Sara Mai a Lleidr Y Neidr

Sara Mai is back! All kinds of interesting creatures live in the zoo run by her family, including a very rare snake. But who would want to steal a snake? A story for 7-11 year old readers by a past Welsh Children's Poet Laureate, Casia Wiliam, with 6 special illustrations by Gwen Millward.

The Welsh Way

This book argues for a new Welsh Way, one that is truly radical and transformational. A call for a political engagement that will create real opportunity for change.

Easy Meat

Easy Meat is a glimpse of a young man and a country on the v erge of a momentous decision. The south Wales Valleys, 23rd June, 2016. It’s another long day chopping beef carcasses up at the slau ghterhouse for former reality TV star and Iron Man contender, Cale b Jenkins, whose untroubled world unravelled when his old man’s ca rpet business went bust last year. What will Caleb do?

Humankind

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERA Guardian, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman and Daily Express Book of the Year'Hugely, highly and happily recommended' Stephen Fry'You should read Humankind. You'll learn a lot (I did) and you'll have good reason to feel better about the human race' Tim Harford'Made me see humanity from a fresh perspective' Yuval Noah HarariIt's a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives.

Paint Your Town Red

Mynd

Her first collection of poetry by Marged Tudur.

Ymbapuroli

A volume of articles by one of the most subtle authors writing in the Welsh language today, encompassing such diverse topics as phonetics, cakes, cleaning and Karl Marx, as we are taken on a speedy trip around Wales and beyond.

Quilt, The

Picture book for children aged 4-8 by the illustrator of Little Honey Bee, Wales on the Map and Four Branches of the Mabinogi. A beautifully illustrated story about migration and homesickness. Around 1900, a family leaves Wales in search of a better life in the USA, where their homemade quilt proves a great comfort.

#futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country

The inside story behind Wales' unprecedented Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and its potential as a model for policy makers worldwide.


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