Wales: Suggested Reading


  Search Britannia
Britannia Home
Wales Home

WALES
History of Wales
Welsh Language
Wales Forum
Seven Wonders
Cultural Traditions
Timeline
Facts About Wales
Welsh Royal Families
Welsh: The 8th Wonder
Welsh Proverbs

TRAVEL
Travel Home
London Guide
Touring Online
Planning Resources
Reservations Centre
Scotland



Suggested Reading List

Order This Book A HISTORY OF WALES
There are many excellent books available on the history of Wales. The most comprehensive is that of Dr. John Davies "A History of Wales" (Penguin Books, 1993). Originally published in the Welsh language as Hanes Cymru , this is a masterly account, full of absorbing detail, of the whole history of Wales from the very earliest times.
List: $16.95  Our Price: $13.56



WHEN WAS WALES? A HISTORY OF THE WELSH
Another book well worth reading, with a lively, direct style unique to its author, is "When Was Wales? A History of the Welsh" by Gwyn A. Williams, published in 1985 by Black Raven Press, London.



A POCKET GUIDE: THE HISTORY OF WALES
A most useful book that traces the main outlines of the history of Wales from the Celtic settlements to the political, social and economic life of the twentieth century is "A Pocket Guide: The History of Wales", by T. Graham Jones (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1990).



Order This Book A MOST PECULIAR PEOPLE: QUOTATIONS ABOUT WALES AND THE WELSH
A fascinating collection of more than 2,300 quotations about Wales and the Welsh, drawn from sources both native and foreign, is Meic Stephens' "A Most Peculiar People: Quotations about Wales and the Welsh" (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 1992).
Our Price: $36.00



A POCKET GUIDE TO THE LITERATURE OF WALES
A concise and informative guide to the richness of Welsh literature can be found in "A Pocket Guide to The Literature of Wales", edited by Dafydd Johnston and published by the University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 1994. This is a short survey of both the Welsh and English literature of Wales.



THE OXFORD COMPANION TO THE LITERATURE OF WALES
An indispensible book for the student of Welsh literature, culture and history from Arthurian times onward is "The Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales", edited by Meic Stephens. Published by Oxford University Press, New York in 1986. it contains nearly 3,000 entries covering writers from all periods, books, periodicals, the principal literary genres, myths, legends, folklore, places with literary associations, events, movements, and institutions.



BLUE GUIDE TO WALES
For detailed descriptions of the many attractions that Wales has to offer: its mountain and coastal scenery, its castles and great houses, ancient cathedrals and ruined abbeys, modern museums and centres of industrial technology, one should consult the "Blue Guide to Wales", by John Tomes (London, A & C Black, 1990). The book also contains background articles on the history of Wales and its people, and much practical information for the traveler.



WELSH NATION BUILDERS
An interesting study of the most important figures in the history of Wales who have contributed to the building and moulding of the Welsh nation is "Welsh Nation Builders," by Gwynfor Evans, himself a leader of unyielding patriotism and ardent fervor who has contributed much to the present resurgence of pride in Welsh nationhood. (Published by Gomer Press, Llandysul, 1988)



GUIDE TO WELSH WALES
Those lucky enough to visit Wales will find a most informative book "Guide to Welsh Wales" by Ralph Maud (Y Lolfa Press, Talybont, 1994) Maud details a week of day tours to the sites in Wales that are most evocative of the national spirit of the people.



A BOOK OF WALES: AN ANTHOLOGY
A good overview of Welsh literature, with translations, is that of Meic Stephens, "A Book of Wales: An Anthology" (J.M. Dent & Sons, 1987)



Order This Book THE MABINOGION
Many books have dealt with the tales of the Mabinogion. One of the best works is "The Mabinogion," ed. by Gwyn Jones and Thomas Jones (JH.M. Dent, 1948)
List: $5.95  Our Price: $4.76



THE EARLIEST WELSH POETRY
One of the best editions of early Welsh poetry, with translations, is Joseph P. Clancy's "The Earliest Welsh Poetry" (Macmillan, 1970). Also excellent is Medieval Welsh Lyrics by the same editor (Macmillan, 1963)



DAFYDD AP GWYLYM: A SELECTION OF POEMS
For the poetry of Dafydd ap Gwylym, there is no finer book than that edited and translated by Rachel Bromwich, "Dafydd ap Gwylym: A Selection of Poems" (Penguin Books, 1985).



THE BURNING TREE: POEMS FROM THE FIRST THOUSAND YEARS OF WELSH VERSE
Another collection of early Welsh poetry is "The Burning Tree: Poems from the First Thousand Years of Welsh Verse" selected and translated by Gwyn Williams (Faber and Faber Ltd; undated)



38 FAVORITE HYMNS IN WELSH AND ENGLISH
For a collection of Welsh hymns with pronunciation guides, phonetic transcriptions, comprehensive vocabulary and translations, see "38 Favorite Hymns in Welsh and English" by Peter N. Williams (Red Dragon Press, 1996)



DAVID THOMAS, MAN OF IRON: THE STORY OF AN IMMIGRANT AND OF THE COUNTRY HE LEFT BEHIND
The story of "David Thomas is told in David Thomas, Man of Iron: The Story of an Immigrant and of the Country He Left Behind" (by Peter N. Williams, published by NWAF, 1995)



A CLASSIFIED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WELSH AMERICANA
For a list of books dealing with Welsh emigration to the United States and of distinguished Welsh Americans, see "A Classified Bibliography of Welsh Americana" by Edward G. Hartmann (NWAF, 1993)



Order This Book INSIGHT GUIDES: WALES
Finally, a very comprehensive guide to places and characters in Wales is "Insight Guides: Wales," edited and published by Brian Bell as one of the APA publications that deal with what it terms "the Celtic fringes of the British Isles." The book is profusely is profusely illustrated though it contains no mention of Caerphilly Castle, by far the largest medieval structure in Wales and second only to Windsor as the largest castle in Britain. List: $22.95   Our Price: $18.36



Additional Reading

CYFRES Y CEWRI I: DAFYDD IWAN
The story of the 1960's protests, beginning with the sit-down at Trefechan Bridge, is perhaps best told by one of its leaders, Dafydd Iwan, in "Cyfres Y Cewri l: Dafydd Iwan," published by Gwasg Gwynedd, 1981.



GRAMADEG CYMRAEG CYFOES
An excellent Welsh Grammar book is "Gramadeg Cymraeg Cyfoes" (Contemporary Welsh Grammar), published at Bontfaen, Glamorgan, 1976 by D. Brown a'i Feibion (Brown and Sons).



Y GEIRIADUR MAWR
At present the best Welsh dictionary is "Y Geiriadur Mawr" (The Complete Welsh-English, English-Welsh Dictionary, edited by H. Meurig Evans and W.O. Thomas. Gwasg Gomer, 1989.



234 WELSH VERBS
For an understanding of the intricacies of Welsh verb forms, see Kathy Klingebiel, "234 Welsh Verbs," published in Massachusetts by Ford and Baillie, 1994.



WELSH HYMNS AND THEIR TUNES
A good book on Welsh hymnology and history is Alan Luff, "Welsh Hymns and their Tunes," published at Carol stream, IL. by Hope Publishing Co., 1990.



Order This Book COLLOQUIAL WELSH: A COMPLETE LANGUAGE COURSE
Welsh language beginners should see Gareth King, "Colloquial Welsh: A Complete Language Course" (New York: Routledge, 1995). List: $39.99  Our Price: $31.99



Y GEIRIAU BACH: IDIOMS FOR WELSH LEARNERS
Another highly recommended book for Welsh-language beginners is "Y Geiriau Bach: Idioms for Welsh Learners" by Cennard Davies, one of the foremost language teachers in Wales (Gwasg Gomer, 1987).



ASPECTS OF BILINGUISM IN WALES
For the situation of the Welsh language up to the mid-eighties, a useful study is "Aspects of Bilinguism in Wales," by Colin Baker, published as Multilingual Matters 19 by Multinual Matters, London, 1985.



LANGUAGE REGAINED IN CHANGING WALE
Also useful booklet on the language aspect is that by Bobi Jones, "Language Regained in Changing Wales," ed. Meic Stephens: Gomer Press, 1993.



THE WELSH AND THEIR COUNTRY: SELECTED READINGS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Further studies should include "The Welsh and their Country: Selected Readings in the Social Sciences," ed. I. Hume and W.T.R. Pryce, Gomer Press, 1986.



A WALK THROUGH WALES
Of the myriad books on walking tours of Wales, a recent one, as good as any other, is "A Walk Through Wales," by Anthony Bailey. Harper Perennial, 1992.



FOLK TALES OF WALES
There are many books dealing with folk tales of Wales. A small collection is found in "Folk Tales of Wales," ed by Eirwen Jones. (Gomer Press, 1978).



NINNAU
North American readers can keep up with events in the US and Canada, as well as what's happening in contemporary Wales by subscribing to "Ninnau," II Post Terrace, Basking Ridge, N.J. 07920) or Y Drych, Box 8089, St. Paul, MN, 55108.



YR ENFYS: THE JOURNAL OF WALES INTERNATIONAL
An international Welsh magazine is "Yr Enfys: The Journal of Wales International," published four times a year at 7 Victoria Rd, Old Colwyn, Clwyd, Wales, LL 29 9SN.



Y MONITOR CYMREIG
A monthly newsletter, "Y Monitor Cymreig" for North American readers is also published at 1225 E. Sunset Drive, # 609, Bellingham, WA, 98226.



WALES REVIEW
A publication that made its debut in August, 1996 is "Wales Review" (Trem ar Gymru) a monthly review of news and opinions on Welsh current affairs, published in Cardiff by Gwalia Ltd.

Return to the Wales Home Page

Forum
The place to meet new friends and interesting people, ask questions, get and give answers and share experiences relating to Wales and Welsh culture. Click.
UK Vacation Packages
Reserve Hotels Online
uk vacation packages
UK car tours
London Special Packages
Amazon.com logo
Search for:

Enter keywords:
  

Copyright ©2001 Britannia.com, LLC   Questions? Comments!   Design & Development Unica Multimedia