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St Hilary now has a famous author

Gareth Thomas of Manor Cottage has published his first novel: A Welsh Dawn.  Dafydd Wigley chaired the launch in Caernarfon on 20 July. The book is widely available from bookshops, including Cowbridge, and Amazon.
The South Wales launch is on 15 September at Cardiff's Pierhead building.  For an invitation or more details, contact Gareth by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01446 771728. Click read more below for more details and reviews of the book.
 A Welsh Dawn, was given a north Wales launch in Carrnarfon on July 20th. Dafydd Wigley chaired and Mari Gwilym read excerpts.
The responses, so far, have been encouraging:
'This is an epic novel in every sense of the word. In it I rediscovered parts of myself.' - Lyn Ebenezer
'A book that should be on everyone's reading list.' - Angharad Tomos
'This is a Welsh book written in English. It has a unique perspective. It deserves to be widely read.' - Dafydd Wigley
'It's very good and deals with a weird and wonderful era in Welsh politics.' - Rhodri Morgan
The book seeks to recreate the political landscape of 1950s Wales: the conflicts between Huw T Edwards and Henry Brooke, the campaign of the Unemployed Movement of Dyffryn Nantlle, the meetings of the Council for Wales and the turmoil surrounding the drowning of Capel Celyn.
Alongside the political manoeuvrings, the novel describes follows the lives of two imaginary families from Dyffryn Nantlle as they react and adapt to the transformational political and economic events of the time. More reviews and information about the book are available at 
If you would like a copy, the Cowbridge Bookshop is well stocked. It is also available from all good bookshops in Wales, from the publishers, from the Welsh Book Council and from Amazon.
There will be a south Wales launch in the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay on the afternoon of September 15th. Rhodri Morgan will be hosting and excerpts will be read by students of the Royal Welsh College of Speech and Drama. If you would like an invitation contact Gareth directly on 01446 771728 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .