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A Honno Classic, first published in 1959, this unusual, highly praised novel is set in the coal-mining valleys of Wales at a time of near-starvation. After a much-hated mine... Read more
A Honno Classic, first published in 1959, this unusual, highly praised novel is set in the coal-mining valleys of Wales at a time of near-starvation. After a much-hated mine manager is found dead, suspense and suspicion grow among the miners, men who, despite their poverty, abound with humour and warmth. The tension grows until the truth about the killing is discovered by one of the miners' own leaders...
Strike For A Kingdom Paperback edition by Menna Gallie
This novel is based on the true events of an attack on a turnpike during the notorious Rebecca Riots in South Wales during the 19th century, and on written records of a magistrate involved in policing the riot. A markedly different account from other tales of the riots in that the account is told more from the perspective of the young rioters involved rather from that of those condemning them....
An enchanting autobiographical novel set in the Welsh borders and evoking the essence of childhood and a vanished way of life. Nine-year-old Lucy describes the great events - haymaking, harvesting, a seaside holiday - of her time, set against a tapestry of the everyday - the routines of summer and winter with the constant background of the garden outside. And there is the world of the imagination,...
One of the few novels to merge from, and concern itself with, the industrial communities of the South Wales valleys. Here the lives of the mining community and its women are vividly portrayed as they struggle to come to terms with the death of a young miner, a loss which is unhappily a common occurence. Yet for all its tragic subject matter, Gallie's tale also conveys the warmth and gusto of the...
First published in 1970, this was one of the very first novels confronting the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland, while also exploring the movement towards sexual freedom in the 1960s and 1970s. Written by a Welsh writer who lived in Northern Ireland for many years, it brings a uniquely Welsh perspective to the tragedy unfolding on its pages and is written with Menna Gallie's trademark wit and...
As summer fades, young telegraph clerk Arnold Nettle arrives in an unspecified English village. Sickly and shy, he hopes that the season will be far less damaging to his frail disposition than another winter spent in town. Repulsed by the crude behaviour of his working-class landlady and her brood, he becomes enamoured with the middle-class Neran family, who live in a large white house on the...
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