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Herbert Williams

Born in Trefechan, Aberystwyth in 1932, Herbert Williams is one of Wales’s most celebrated and distinguished writers. In this engaging book—part biography, part critical reader—Phil Carradice leads readers on an extended tour of Williams’s prolific career, touching on Williams’s motivations for writing and assessing the literary significance of his numerous works of biography, fiction, poetry, and history. What results is not just the tale of one man’s struggle to express his emotions through his writing but also a revealing inquiry into how and why writers write.

117 pages | 20 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2010

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“In this succinct and beautifully written memoir, Phil Carradice does something quite original. He combines biography with literary comment and criticism, and identifies the essence of Herbert Williams’s writing—its lucid power—as well as identifying the stages of his life.”

John Idris Jones

“One of Wales’s most humane and accessible writers is well presented by this appreciative and well-crafted memoir.”

Robert Nisbet

Table of Contents


1  A Welsh Childhood
2  The White Death
3  The World of Work
4  A Published Writer
5  BBC Producer
6  Novelist and Editor
7  Cancer
8  Critical Appraisal and the Odd Award


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