Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A biographical booklet by writer and wife of Clough Williams-Ellis, Amabel. She quotes heavily from his books and so both of their voices are heard. The cover photo is of Clough on his 90th birthday in a pony-cart driven by his granddaughter Menna.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
A landscape painter witnesses the body of a man being thrown from a train passing over the Sankey Viaduct between Liverpool and Manchester. Inspector Robert Colbeck travels to France and puts his colleagues and himself at risk during the investigation. Marston cleverly incorporates railway builder Thomas Brassey and authentic details of 1852 into the story.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
A biography of Clough Williams-Ellis written by his friend - sculptor, craftsman and author Jonah Jones. Detailed information and anecdotes about Clough's early life, career, marriage and magnum opus Portmeirion are tempered with warmth and humility. Insights into Clough and wife Amabel's philosophy on architecture, planning, and politics create a more rounded portrait.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Set in England at the dawn of the railway age, this murder mystery is solved by Inspector Robert Colbeck. A man's garrotted body is discovered on board an excursion train that has brought spectators to an illegal fight match.
Friday, April 12, 2013
122. Spirit Dive: an African American's Journey to Uncover a Sunken Slave Ship's Past by Michael Cottman
Cottman, an African-American journalist and scuba diver, relates his experiences diving at the wreck of a slave ship called the Henrietta Marie. His research takes him to London, Jamaica and Sierra Leone. This is a very personal journey for Cottman and he brings home the horrors of the "middle passage" and the cruel and abhorrent treatment of African slaves.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Written by the wife of a former rector of the church, this book was published in 1986 with the proceeds from sales going to church funds. There has been a church on this site since the early 600s. The current stone building was built in the 12th century and added to in the 14th and 19th centuries.
This book explains the history of stained glass windows in St Cadwaldr's Church, Llangwaladr, Anglesey, Wales. Some of the technical language, Latin and Welsh make the details a bit difficult to read, but it is interesting nonetheless.
Friday, April 05, 2013
This fascinating guidebook is chock full of historic and background information about the village of Portmeirion, written by the grandson of the village's creator Clough Williams-Ellis. Llywelyn has been the managing director of Portmeirion since 1983 and so is intimately familiar with its buildings, gardens and architectural gems.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
A charming story of brother and sister, Gareth and Bethan, who go on holiday with their parents in north Wales. They visit the LLechwedd Slate Caverns and Portmeirion village. Beautifully illustrated by Jenny Williams and also available with text in Welsh.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Set in post Civil War Ohio, this novel goes beyond the horror of slavery and war into the realm of the supernatural. Sethe commits a horrific crime that literally comes back to haunt her. Morrison's poetic language grips the reader right from the start.