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Rembembering Welsh football's forgotten heroes of 1976

Rembembering Welsh football's forgotten heroes of 1976

Everyone in Wales swells with pride to think of the amazing achievement of Bale, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey and co. in getting to the semi-finals at Euro 2016. Hardcore Wales football fans will also talk of the 1958 squad that included Ivor Allchurch and Mel and John Charles and made it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. But what about the boys of 1976? Wales’ strangely unsung success of the 1976 European Championships is finally celebrated in a new book by Nick Burnell – Trailing Clouds of Glory: Welsh Football’s Forgotten Heroes of 1976, which fêtes the success and achievement of a group of people who restored pride in the Welsh football jersey. The book is also the Books Council of Wales’ Book of the Month for November 2019.  read more

'The writing's on the wall!': Wales' awakening
OVER 10,000 YEARS OF WALES’ MARITIME HISTORY CELEBRATED IN NEW BOOK

OVER 10,000 YEARS OF WALES’ MARITIME HISTORY CELEBRATED IN NEW BOOK

The most comprehensive study of Wales’ maritime history ever commissioned, taking over a decade to research and produce – sees publication this week. Entitled Wales and the Sea: 10,000 years of Welsh Maritime History, the volume delves into every aspect of Wales’ connection with the sea, from earliest history to the present day: from archaeology to paintings and poetry, from naval history to seaside holidays.  read more

Reminder of golden era of fair news journalism by award-winning journalist

Reminder of golden era of fair news journalism by award-winning journalist

With fake news prevalent and local journalism facing an uncertain future, this week sees the timely publication of A Capable Journalist (Y Lolfa), the autobiography of Derek Bellis, “a true legend of the industry” according to Dominic Herbert, News Editor at the Daily Mirror. Derek also happens to be the oldest working journalist in Wales.  read more

Here's a book with a difference for Cornish learners!

Here's a book with a difference for Cornish learners!

The author of an unusual new handy pocket-sized book is hoping to use humour to inspire people to learn a few basic bits of Cornish. Unlike many traditional phrasebooks, Teach your Dog Cornish, shows that learning useful expressions doesn’t have to be boring or daunting, and makes picking up a few basics accessible to everyone – and Dawn French is already a fan, commenting: “At last, my dog and I will be able to understand each other!”  read more

A book with a difference for Rugby World Cup fans!

A book with a difference for Rugby World Cup fans!

The author of an unusual new handy pocket-sized phrasebook is hoping to use humour to inspire people to learn a few basic bits of Japanese in readiness for the Rugby World Cup, which will be held in Japan in September 2019. Unlike many traditional phrasebooks, Teach your Dog Japanese Rugby World Cup 2019 Travel Edition shows that learning useful expressions doesn’t have to be boring or daunting, and makes picking up a few basics accessible to everyone.  read more

Welshman's bizarre adventures from Merthyr to Mecca
Family Bible inspires Vale of Glamorgan family saga

Family Bible inspires Vale of Glamorgan family saga

A new novel by Welsh author Sam Adams was inspired by a family Bible. The novel called In the Vale, published by Y Lolfa, is a family saga that takes the reader from London to the Vale of Glamorgan and outwards into the social ferment and bloody turmoil of the Napoleonic era. It was inspired by the Williams family, who lived in the Vale of Glamorgan. George Williams, Rector of Llantrithyd was the Bible’s original owner, and used it to record the births and deaths of his and his wife Sarah’s children. Sam Adams received the Bible, which has been passed down from father to son since his great-great-great grandfather’s time, from a cousin.  read more

Black Mountain road celebrates 200th anniversary and new book

Black Mountain road celebrates 200th anniversary and new book

According to the Top Gear television programme, the Black Mountain road, the A4069, between Brynaman and Gwynfe in the Brecon Beacons National Park is, ‘Five of the most memorable miles you can drive in any country.’ In 2019 this road, with its hairpin bends, dips, twists, climbs and amazing views of the surrounding countryside, celebrates its 200th anniversary.  read more

Welsh terror group mastermind claims they could have killed Prince Charles
All aboard for the No Bones Jones veggie/vegan adventure

All aboard for the No Bones Jones veggie/vegan adventure

This week sees the publication of a book of delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes from the hugely successful catering company No Bones Jones. No Bones Jones: Festival Cookbook shines a spotlight on the authentic, wholesome vegetarian and vegan food that the company supplies to festivalgoers across the UK.  read more

History of Swansea-area medical services published as tribute to late author and doctor Tom Davies
Michievous black cat to inspire people to learn Welsh!

Michievous black cat to inspire people to learn Welsh!

Here’s a book for Welsh learners with a difference! Teach Your Cat Welsh aims to help Welsh learners practise their Welsh with their cat. The book follows the hugely popular Teach Your Dog Welsh, published at the end of 2018, which has now sold over 4,250 copies.  read more

Walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with a harp! Welsh folk musician's crazy adventure
Unusal marine life explored in new children's book
Find the Dragon - the Welsh Where's Wally?

Find the Dragon - the Welsh Where's Wally?

Packed with lively double-page illustrations, a new book starring a small dragon has been hailed as the Welsh Where’s Wally? However, Find the Dragon! has an obvious Welsh slant, with every double page showing an iconic Welsh location, including Mount Snowdon, Caerphilly Castle and Portmeirion. Other scenes include the Red Wall at a Wales football match, a Gower beach and a farm full of disobedient sheep.  read more

New science fiction novel asks intriguing questions about the boundries between the real and virtual worlds
Unsung working class woman who nursed with Florence Nightingale the inspiration for novel
Award-winning Welsh author publishes first children's book in English

Award-winning Welsh author publishes first children's book in English

An award-winning Welsh author has just published her first children’s book in English. Caryl Lewis has won numerous awards for her work, including Welsh Book of the Year twice (Martha, Jac a Sianco and Y Bwthyn), as well as numerous awards for her books for children and young adults, including wining the prestigious Tir na n-Og children’s fiction prize twice. She has also been voted Wales’ Favourite Welsh-language Author by BBC Radio Cymru listeners.  read more

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