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Wales

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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Rough Guide Wales

Rough Guide Wales

by Mike Parker | Paul Whitfield

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to Wales in the British series, nicely balanced between practical travel details and an overview of the history and culture. (GBR140, $21.99)

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

A Writer's House in Wales

A Writer's House in Wales

by Jan Morris

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

In this extended essay, Morris uses her much-loved 18th-century house as a point of departure for a meditation on Welsh identity. (GBR325, $20.00)

North & Mid Wales Map

North & Mid Wales Map

by Ordnance Survey

  • MAP

A regional touring map of Wales covering the northern half of the country at a scale of 1:175,000. (GBR682, $14.95)

 
Companion Guide Wales

Companion Guide Wales


by David Barnes

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

This guide in the excellent British series introduces the history, landscapes, culture and attractions of Wales. (GBR568, $34.95)

A History of Wales

A History of Wales


by John Davies

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 736 PAGES

A comprehensive, leisurely history of Wales from the earliest times to the late 1980s, rendered in a graceful translation from the original Welsh. (GBR730, $36.00)

Life in A Medieval Castle

Life in A Medieval Castle


by Francis Gies

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

From lord to servant, this illustrated book describes the daily life of the inhabitants at Chepstow Castle in Wales in the 13th century. (GBR109, $14.99)

Modern Wales, A Concise History

Modern Wales, A Concise History


by Gareth Elwyn Jones

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 395 PAGES

A scholarly, informative survey of the recent history of Wales. This highly regarded book covers the economic, political and educational factors that have shaped present day Wales. (GBR133, $49.00)

The British Isles, A History of Four Nations

The British Isles, A History of Four Nations


by Hugh Kearney

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

The Celts, Romans, Vikings, Normans and modern immigrants all make an appearance in this Canto Classics edition of Kearney's elegant and revisionist history of not just the English but also of the Scots, Welsh and Irish. (GBR88, $24.95)

The Hanged Man: A Story of Miracle, Memory, and Colonialism in the Middle Ages


by Robert Bartlett

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

The story of 14th-century Welsh rebel William Cragh, his miraculous survival after being hanged in the gallows, and Bishop Thomas de Cantilupe, whose prayer many thought saved the doomed Cragh. (GBR535, $21.95)

The Last of the Celts

The Last of the Celts


by Marcus Tanner

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

Welsh journalist Tanner mixes anecdote, interview and research in this lively account of encounters with far-flung Celts from Scotland, Wales and Belfast to Brittany, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and Trelew. (GBR527, $30.00)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

Roman Britain, A Very Short Introduction

Roman Britain, A Very Short Introduction


by Peter Salway

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 88 PAGES

An excellent, brief overview of the Roman period in Britain by a leading specialist. (GBR541, $11.95)

A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury

A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury


by Edith Pargeter

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 378 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A historical novel full of medieval battles and disputes over feudal succession. (GBR169, $13.50)

A Morbid Taste for Bones

A Morbid Taste for Bones


by Ellis Peters

  • MYSTERY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 197 PAGES

In this historical mystery, 11th century monk and head of Shrewsbury Abbey Brother Cadfael travels to a small Welsh village to retrieve the relics of St. Winifred. A murder ensues and Cadfael must investigate. (GBR166, $8.00)

How Green Was My Valley

How Green Was My Valley


by Richard Llewellyn

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 495 PAGES

This best-selling and beloved story, full of humor and pathos, paints an indelible portrait of Wales and the Welsh. It is a reminiscence of youth at a time when south Wales prospered, before the dust of coal blackened the valley. (GBR69, $17.00)

The Collected Stories

The Collected Stories


by Dylan Thomas

  • LITERATURE
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A wonderful collection of short stories by the celebrated Welsh author and poet. These imaginative stories are well worth re-reading for their vivid characters, sense of place and, especially, Thomas's elegant prose. (GBR134, $16.95)

The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales

The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales


by Pat Ford

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 205 PAGES

The 30th anniversary edition of Professor Ford's translation of the Celtic classic in readable, modern English. (GBR739, $28.95)

The Mabinogion

The Mabinogion


by Jeffrey Gantz

  • LITERATURE
  • 1976
  • PAPER
  • 310 PAGES

These eleven Welsh stories, beautiful in their strangeness, combine fact with fantasy, myth with history and folklore, into one of the great Welsh epics, the only Welsh collection that survived. (GBR67, $14.00)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide has been updated with revised text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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