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An atmospheric murder mystery set in Victorian Swansea in 1880. Evokes a convincing portrayal of life in a nineteenth century Welsh town. A plot which uses authentic locations and voices. The first in a series featuring Inspector Rumsey Bucke. Inspector Rumsey Bucke, a still-grieving widower, must find Daniel Guy who has tried and failed to murder his own wife. He tracks him steadily through the murky streets of Swansea's poorest communities, with little help from a corrupt and incompetent police force. Two fatal stabbings, which may or may not be connected, put Bucke's position under threat from a scheming superior. However, he finds the will and the support to change his life from an unlikely source, the wife of a prime murder suspect. As he finally confronts his own sorrow, he discovers that terrible secrets lurk beneath the surface of the ordinary lives around him. No one can ever escape from the secret burdens they carry with them. But there are unknown figures lurking in the shadows and Bucke is drawn into the dangerous world of international politics, with assassins playing out a clandestine war on the streets of the town, ready to kill the innocent to protect themselves. As he desperately runs out of time to prevent another murder, Bucke has to find the answers which have eluded him. Who is the murderer? Is it Daniel Guy? Is it someone else? Just how many murderers are there? There is a bigger question for him too. If, as they say, justice is blind, are there occasions when the law should be blind too?
From its nineteenth-century industrial heyday when it was a key centre of the copper industry, earning the nickname 'Copperopolis', to its current role as a major service sector employer and university city, Swansea has a proud and distinctive identity. This extraordinary history is embodied in the buildings that have shaped Wales' second city. Swansea in 50 Buildings explores the history of this 'ugly lovely town' through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures, from the early twentieth-century Guildhall, with its striking art deco clock tower, to more recent additions such as the Tower, Meridian Quay, which is the tallest building in Wales. Local author and historian Geoff Brookes celebrates Swansea's architectural heritage in a new and accessible way, guiding the reader around the city's historic and modern buildings.
Mid Wales remains untouched. It is an expansive and peaceful region, stretching across Wales from Cardigan Bay to the English border, a place to reflect and relax and discover the fascinating secrets of Paradwys Cymru, the paradise of Wales. Here are the significant moments in Welsh history, the politics and the murder, the ruined mansions and abbeys, and the forgotten battlefields. This book will take you there. You will visit places along the border, where Wales and England mix across Offa's Dyke and then reach out into the heart of Wales where the Welsh language rules. From the Victorian splendour of Llandrindod Wells to the serenity of Soar y Mynydd, from the beauty of Lake Vyrnwy to the wilderness of the Hafod Estate, these are the places which help to define Wales and make it such a special and endlessly fascinating country.
Watered by rivers, strengthened by castles, enhanced by beautiful villages, necklaced by a spectacular coastline and enriched by a long and fascinating history, South West Wales is one of the country's most remarkable places. You can explore St David's, the smallest cathedral city; Fishguard, the site of the last foreign invasion of Britain; Dolaucothi where the Romans mined for gold; and Myddfai where modern medicinal practice began -all are all here in this tour of some of the special gems that make South West Wales such a beautiful place. Allow this book to be your companion as you discover wild beaches, sheltered bays, rugged fortifications and green hills where mystery, mythology and forgotten stories intermingle. 50 Gems of South West Waleswill encourage you to visit - and then return again and again.
Sir John Pryce of Newtown Hall died in 1761. He kept the embalmed bodies of his first two wives on either side of his bed - until his third wife insisted that they were removed. In 1856 Ronald Rhys from the Vale of Neath disappeared for a week after seeing a strange light in a field and hearing a loud noise. He remembered being examined by small creatures who took a sample of his blood. Oh yes, and America is named after a Welshman and the Holy Grail is kept in a bank vault in West Wales... This book contains hundreds of `strange but true' facts and anecdotes about Welsh history. Arranged into a miniature history of Wales, and with bizarre and hilarious true tales for every era, it will interest and delight readers everywhere.
This is a book for everyone who loves Swansea, this rainswept place by the sea. The town has not always lived in the full glare of history but it is a place that has made its own contribution to the world, always looking outwards. As Swansea's industry developed, the rural poor moved into the town in search of employment in the copper works and mines, each trying to build a new life in a cramped town. Add to this the rest of the world that arrived via the docks and you get a heady and bewildering mix. From the Swansea social whirl of the Georgian Assembly Rooms to the bizarre story of Zeno, murderer and spy, Geoff Brookes takes you on an A-Z tour of Swansea's history. Fully illustrated with photographs from today and yesterday, this new A-Z history will show you the places and the people that have built the Swansea that is loved by both visitors and residents alike.
The 1950s. The mid-point of the twentieth century. When those born in the nineteenth century met their grandchildren who would live in the twenty-first. A pivotal moment, certainly. And is it really true? Had we 'never had it so good', as Prime Minister Macmillan said? This book is the story of Swansea in those years, when post-war austerity moved towards the indulgence of the sixties. A period of affluence and full employment, a time of increased confidence and optimism. A time when Swansea began to rebuild itself after terrible wartime devastation and looked to a bright future, despite an exhausted valley where the trains crept slowly between the twisted slag heaps alongside a poisoned river. Everything would soon be so much better. The future was so bright... Swansea in the 1950s follows the development of Swansea through this momentous decade. The story of how Swansea played its own part in the big news of the era - the Coronation, the Atom Bomb, Rock Around the Clock, the Korean War, Sputnik, the Suez Crisis and television, - and how it managed its own triumphs and disasters.
Experience 100 key dates that shaped Swansea's history, highlighted its people's genius (or silliness) and embraced the unexpected. Featuring an amazing mix of social, criminal and sporting events, this book reveals a past that will fascinate, delight and even shock both residents and visitors of the city.
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