Tuesday, April 30, 2013

127. Clough Williams-Ellis: a portrait in words by Amabel Williams-Ellis

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

126. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Imagine a world where firemen start fires and books are outlawed. Technology like Seashell ear radios and giant flat screen tv walls were predicted by Bradbury in this 1953 dystopian novel.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

125. The Railway Viaduct by Edward Marston

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

124. Clough Williams-Ellis: The Architect of Portmeirion - a memoir by Jonah Jones

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

123. The Excursion Train by Edward Marsden

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

121. The History of St. Cadwaladr's Church, Llangadwaladr by Morfudd Jones

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.

120. The Llangwaladr Glass by Richard B. White

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

119. Portmeirion by Robin Llywelyn

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

118. Sea Shells and Wedding Bells by Sian Lewis

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

117. Beloved by Toni Morrison

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.

Monday, April 01, 2013

116. Who Do You Think You Are? by Alice Munro

A series of short stories that follow the life of Rose through relationships during her childhood to married life and parenthood. Munro captures the time and place and creates memorable recurrent characters.