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Cherished Library: Wales, A Very Peculiar History [Hardcover]

Rupert Matthews
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1 Jan 2010 Very Peculiar History
From Roman invasion to tall tales of Merlin and King Arthur, and right up to the power of the mining industry, "Wales - A Very Peculiar History" takes a sideways look at some of the more peculiar aspects of the home of welsh rarebit, Maelgwn the Dragon, and Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Featuring the full gamut of Welsh providence from the coal-mining years to its rebirth in the 1970s, this book tells a tale of ups and downs, of hills and valleys, and of hope and triumph against the odds, with a few leeks thrown in for good measure. Fact boxes, a full glossary and index make the book both fun and informative to use. The text is enlivened with black-and-white line drawings and full-colour endpapers.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bookhouse (1 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907184198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907184192
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 2 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rupert has written over 170 books, appearing on television and radio as a presenter and consultant. These have mostly been on history or military subjects, though in recent years he has been writing about ghosts, cryptozoology, UFOs and other paranormal subjects.

Rupert twitters under the name of "rupertmatthews" and has a page on FaceBook as "Rupert Matthews".

Rupert blogs about history at http://thehistorymanatlarge.blogspot.com/
and about ghosts, UFOs, unknown animals and other aspects of the unexplained at http://ghosthunteratlarge.blogspot.com/

Rupert was born in Dorking, England, in 1961 and was educated at his local Church of England junior school, then at his local grammar school. He later took up a career in publishing as an editor and writer. He went freelance in 1988 and since then has worked mostly as a writer, columnist and tv presenter. Rupert has established himself as a leading speaker to lunches and dinners, speaking on subjects as varied as RAF Bomber Command at War; Your Local Ghosts; How Medieval women led society; How the publishing industry works; The Arrowstorm; The Yeti is real!; The real King Arthur; and the biography of Father Christmas.

He now lives in Surrey, England, with his wife and daughter.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Book Of Fun. 11 April 2010
Rupert Matthews has written a very light hearted, fun packed little book, which is delightfully illustrated. I can vouch that the publisher's description is accurate and I enjoyed the book so much that I've bought copies for several of my Welsh family members. Despite it's fun nature, this book is informative and very well put together.

To not award this book five stars would be churlish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wales ! Wales !!! 7 Jun 2014
By A.Lloyd
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A good, humorous, lighthearted read, for native or visitor alike. A small, pocket-suzed book, that can be read in pocket-suze chunks on a train or just before bed.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars Also makes a great gift. I purchased this copy for my daughter ... 19 July 2014
By John Eric Powell - Published on Amazon.com
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I am Welsh by birth and have a collection of books on the history of Wales, however this book is more concise. In addition, it is handy to slip into your pocket for reading when travelling. Also makes a great gift. I purchased this copy for my daughter also born in Wales.
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