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.
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 www.awelshdawn.co.uk
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.