Wales Book of the Month
Morlais is Alun Lewis's lost novel from the 1930s, a Lawrentian story of a young boy growing up in the poverty-stricken industrial valleys of south Wales. Lewis (1915-1944) was the outstanding writer of World War Two and Morlais, written in his mid-twenties, is an early indication of the talented writer he would become just five years later.
Lewis, Alun; Seren; ISBN 9781781722800; £12.99.
The Battle for Mametz Wood is normally associated with the endeavours of the 38th Welsh Division and was the first of those great battles to secure possession of the woodlands of the Somme. The author looks at events after the 1st July, but also relates the story of the 17th Northern Division who attacked the quadrangle.
Renshaw, Michael; Pen & Sword Books Limited; ISBN 9781473832695; £12.99.
This is a collection of poems describing life in the South Wales Valleys in the 1940s to the 1960 with black and white illustrations by Gareth Morgan.
Morgan, Ann; Ann Morgan; ISBN 9780993061608; £6.5.
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Great Western Railway Stations 1947; A Photographic & Track Diagram Survey (Part Two); The Wirral, Welsh Borders and Wales
An incredibly comprehensive study - a book of reference to pick up and browse and a good starting point for further study.
Smith, R. J.; R. J. Smith; ISBN 9780956731715; £35.
Themes covered include recruitment and the treatment of conscientious objectors, how Belgian refugees were cared for, and what happened to foreign nationals who were living in Swansea at the outbreak of war. How the war affected the trade of the town, especially the docks, is examined, as well as the fate of numerous Swansea ships that became targets for the German U-Boat campaign.
Lewis, Bernard; Pen & Sword Books Limited; ISBN 9781783032945; £12.99.
A collection of vintage mysteries that combine the pleasures of both holidays and a good mystery for getting away from it all. 14 stories range across the golden age of British crime fiction, with exotic locations and both stellar authors from the period and some little known and rarely available gems.
Edwards, Martin; The British Library Publishing Division; ISBN 9780712357487; £8.99.
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