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Drift

The hauntingly atmospheric English-language début from the acclaimed Welsh author: a love story between a young Welsh woman and a Syrian mapmaker, rich with magic, mystery and the wonder of the sea.

Brittle with relics

Brittle with Relics is a landmark history of the people of Wales during a period of great national change, a vital history of Wales as it underwent some of the country's most seismic and traumatic events; the disasters of Aberfan and Tryweryn; the rise of the Welsh language movement; the Miner's Strike and its aftermath; and the narrow vote in favour of partial devolution.

Turning Tide

The Turning Tide is a hymn to a sea passage of world-historical importance. Combining social and cultural history, nature-writing, travelogue and politics, Jon Gower charts a sea which has carried both Vikings and saints, invasion forces and furtive gun-runners, writers, musicians and fishermen.

Creative act

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERMany famed music producers are known for a particular sound that has its day and then ages out. Rick Rubin is known for something else: creating a space where artists of all different genres and traditions can home in on who they really are and what they really offer. He has made a practice of helping people transcend their self-imposed expectations in order to reconnect with a state of innocence from which the surprising becomes inevitable. Over the years, as he has thought deeply about where creativity comes from and where it doesn't, he has learned that being an artist isn't about your specific output; it's about your relationship to the world. Creativity has a place in everyone's life, and everyone can make that place larger. In fact, there are few more important responsibilities. The Creative Act is a beautiful and generous course of study that illuminates the path of the artist as a road we all can follow. It distils the wisdom gleaned from a lifetime's work into a luminous reading experience that puts the power to create moments - and lifetimes - of exhilaration and transcendence within closer reach for all of us.

Cwlwm
Cwlwm


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Living in London, Lydia is struggling through her twenties, regretting drunken nights, reflecting on texts and trying her best nor to be late for work. She has a complicated relationship with Wales. Far from home, she questions her identity and her vision of herself as a Welsh woman in the world.

Sgen I'm Syniad

This is a book about friends, family, growing up in north Wales, feeling you're being left behind, snogging, sex, lessons learned along the way and the people who carried you when you didn't even know you needed to be carried. A book about making sense of things when you have no idea how to do so.

Half-Life of Snails

Two sisters, two nuclear power stations, one child caught in the middle... When Helen, a self-taught prepper and single mother, leaves her young son Jack with her sister for a few days so she can visit Chernobyl's Exclusion Zone, they both know the situation will be tense. And Jack isn't like other five-year olds... as they will both discover with devastating consequences.

Dros Y Mor A'r Mynyddoedd

Looking at Celtic legends, everyone wonders at the strength and bravery of the female characters. This collection of fifteen myths from seven countries demonstrates this. Welsh adaptations by Angharad Tomos, Haf Llewelyn, Mari George, Aneirin Karadog, Myrddin ap Dafydd, Anni Llŷn and Branwen Williams.

Poenisawrws

The perfect book to help every anxious little Worrysaurus let go of their fears and feel happy in the moment.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Many authors have recounted the extraordinary achievements and the turmoil of Frank Lloyd Wright's life, but this is the first study to provide a comprehensive explanation of his principles and motivations, and to trace them back to their roots in nineteenth-century Wales.

Arglwydd Y Fforest

For Little Tiger, everything he hears in the forest is exciting and new. But each time he tells his mother, she replies, 'When you don't hear them, my son, be ready. The Lord of the Forest is here!' Tiger is puzzled and asks his friends - strutting Peacock, blundering Rhino and trumpeting Elephant - to help him decide: Who is the Lord of the Forest? A Welsh adaptation.

Welsh Monsters & Mythical Beasts

"A love letter to the Welsh language... Ellis' detailed watercolor illustrations are the main attraction, providing fresh artistic representations to inspire a new generation of readers. Mythology fans and art enthusiasts alike will enjoy this beautiful book." - Booklist''Packed with lore, history, and beautiful illustrations, Welsh Monsters & Mythical Beasts is an indispensable registry of everything that lurks in the shadows, glides just beneath the surface, or goes bump in the night. I love it!'' - Todd Lockwood My first thought upon seeing Welsh Monsters was "Goodness, what a useful book!" -John HoweUpon the dramatic landscape of Wales there have been born many creatures and beings of legend. This lushly illustrated guide delves into the dragons, beasts, fair folk, and spirits of Wales. Tales become blended and one with history, and this history meets illustration with C.C.J. Ellis' rich renderings of these creatures. Detail and colour lift these beings off the page and bring this compendium to life. Now available worldwide, this new edition includes a Welsh language guide so that each of the creatures might be known by their original Welsh names. You may have heard of the Red Dragon (Draig Goch) featured on the national flag of Wales, but have you heard of the Water Leaper (Llamhigyn Y Dwr) or of the Mary White (Mari Lwyd)? Ellis aims to re-introduce the beasts of Welsh myth and legend to the world and bring a touch of Wales to your shelves. Part of the Wool of Bat series focused on the preservation and promotion of folklore and oral history from around the world.


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