Recommended Readings

Scott Lloyd

Scott LLoyd collected in this wonderful book information on over 150 names and places in Wales referenced to King Arthur. With sources spanning over 1000 years beginning in 900AD, this book will greatly enhance your Walkabout!

Phil Cope

In this book Phil Cope explores the Holy Wells in Wales in a photographic essay. Notes on the history of the wells and poetry expand on the lovely imagery. Fourty two wells are featured, as well as their significance in early Christianity.

Sarah Woodbury

 

Sara Woodbury, an anthropologist, spent a year studying in England and wandered across the border into Wales to connect with her ancestry. She fell in love with the country, its language and its people. Sarah even convinced her husband, Dan, to give all four of their children Welsh names.

 

Sarah has written many historical novels about Wales, and she often travels around the Welsh countryside with her husband seeking historical sites. She has a great depth of knowledge of Welsh history and her books are well worth reading. Sarah and her family live in Oregon.

Jan Morris

 

Jan Morris is a Welsh transgender historian, a noted author and a travel writer. English by birth but Welsh by loyalty, Morris is a passionate supporter of Wales and speaks fluent Welsh. She lives in North Wales between mountain and sea.

 

Venice, Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere, The World, and Contact and The Matter of Wales are some of her many travel books. Her book on Wales is the most complete introduction to all things Welsh and a must read.

 

Jasper Rees

 

Jasper Rees had a traditional English upbringing. In his thirties, he headed west to Wales, reclaiming his Welsh heritage which his father, Simon, rejected. He joined a Welsh male voice choir, played rugby, learned the language and immersed himself in the culture.

 

Bred of Heaven is his quest to reclaim his ancestry. The book describes his wholehearted immersion into the culture of his Welsh grandparents. Extremely witty, informative and hilarious!

Horatio Clare

Running for the Hills: A Memoir, written in 2008, about a boy whose parents bought an old Welsh farm, and his memories of growing up there. Read a review of the book here.

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce Chatwin

 

On the Black Hill, written in 2011, a story about brothers farming near the Welsh-English border. Read a review of the book here.

 

Byron Rogers

The Man Who Went Into the West: The Life of RS Thomas, written in 2007, is the funny biography of quirky Welsh Poet R. S. Thomas.  Read a review of the book here.

 

 

R.S. Thomas

Read the collected poems of the aforementioned prominent Welsh poet R.S. Thomas here.

 

 

 

 

The Mabinogion, translated by Sioned Davies

The Mabinogion is a book of traditional Celtic myths, recently translated by Sioned Davies. Read a review here.

A Rough Guide To Wales, by Rough Guides, will give you great information on a wide range of things to see and do in Wales.

Rarebit and Rioja, by Dylan Rowlands and Llinos Rowlands, is a book full of great Welsh recipes. Included are wine and food pairing suggestions. More information is available here and here

Don't tell the Newfoundlanders, by Greg Malone, tells the true story of how Newfoundland became Canada's 10th province in the late 1940s.

The Iambics of Newfoundland by Robert Finch, tells the author's story of traveling this province for 10 years, and his advenctures there.

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