How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn (Paperback, 2001)

How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn (Paperback, 2001) A poignant coming-of-age novel set in a Welsh mining town Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley is a paean to a more innocent age published in Penguin Modern ClassicsGrowing up in a mining community in rural South Wales Huw Morgan is taught many harsh lessons - at the kitchen table at Chapel and around the pit-head Looking back on the hardships of his early life where difficult days are faced with courage but the valleys swell with the sound of Welsh voices it becomes clear that there is nowhere so green as the landscape of his own memory An immediate bestseller on publication in 1939 How Green Was My Valley quickly became one of the best-loved novels of the twentieth century Poetic and nostalgic it is an elegy to a lost worldRichard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd (1906-1983) better known by his pen name Richard Llewellyn claimed to have been born in St David's Pembrokeshire Wales; after his death he was discovered to have been born of Welsh parents in Hendon Middlesex His famous first novel How Green Was My Valley (1939) was begun in St David's from a draft he had written in India and was later adapted into an Oscar-winning film by director John Ford None But the Lonely Heart his second novel was published in 1943 and subsequently made into a film starring Cary Grant and Ethel Barrymore As well as novels including Green Green My Valley Now (1975) and I Stand on a Quiet Shore (1982) Llewellyn wrote two highly successful plays Poison Pen and NooseIf you enjoyed How Green Was My Valley you might like Barry Hines' A Kestrel for a Knave also available in Penguin Modern Classics'Vivid eloquent poetical glowing with an inner flame of emotion'The Times Literary Supplement
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