The Story of Wales

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BBC Books, 2013 - History - 366 pages
Covering from earliest settlements to the present day, The Story of Wales explores a country constantly on the move and connected with the wider world, and a people who have reacted with energy and invention to changing times and opportunities. Revisiting the major turning points in Welsh history - from the fledgling Welsh state under Llywelyn the Last and the ravages of the Black Death, through to its transformation into an economic power with the Industrial Revolution and its participation in the creation of a modern British Welfare State and the economic boom of the 1940s and 50s - Jon Gower re-examines many of the myths and misconceptions about Wales and the Welsh, uncovering rich evidence of its outward-looking dynamism and its important role on the world stage.Accompanying a landmark BBC series, and with an introduction by series presenter Huw Edwards, The Story of Wales is an epic account of Welsh history for a new generation.

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About the author (2013)

Jon Goweris a former BBC Wales arts and media correspondent, who was educated at Girton College, Cambridge, where he read English. He is a documentary maker for television and radio and has eleven books to his name, in both Welsh and English. They include An Island Called Smith,about a disappearing island in Chesapeake Bay, which gained him the John Morgan travel writing prize, and Uncharted, a novel described by Jan Morris as 'unflagging and unfailingly inventive.' In 2009 he was awarded a major Creative Wales award to explore the Welsh settlement in Patagonia. Jon is currently a Hay Festival International Fellow.

Huw Edwardsis a BAFTA-award winning journalist, presenter and newsreader. Born in Bridgend, Welshspeaking
Huw joined the BBC in 1984 and became a familiar face during his time on BBC Six O'Clock News. Since then, Huw as covered numerous key national events, is a regular on a range of BBC News programmes, including as lead
newsreader on the BBC News at Ten, and has presented a variety of documentaries on British and Welsh history and culture. A former graduate of Cardiff University, Huw was made an Honorary Fellow in 2003 and an Honorary Professor of Journalism in 2007, and was elected Vice-President of the university in 2009. Huw is also an
Honorary Fellow of Swansea University, the University of Wales, Lampeter, the University of Wales, Newport, Swansea Institute of Higher Education, and has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Glamorgan, as well as being Patron of the National College of Music, in London, and President of the London Welsh Trust.

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