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Gwynfor Evans: A Portrait of a Patriot [Hardcover]

Rhys Evans
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26 May 2008
Gwynfor Evans propelled Welsh politics onto the UK stage in the second half of the 20th century. This award-winning biography of an iconic figure examines his complex character and dissects his personal and political relationships to reveal, for the first time, what drove Gwynfor Evans. He was one of the rare politicians to have forced Margaret Thatcher to make a U-turn, when he threatened to fast to death in order to ensure the establishment of a Welsh-language TV channel. He also won one of the most famous bi-elections and he is widely credited with paving the way for devolution. In this compelling account of the man known to a generation of Welsh people as, simply, Gwynfor, Rhys Evans exposes the foundations of modern Wales and tells the story of one man and the way he helped mould the devolved UK.

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Y Lolfa (26 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862439183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862439187
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 18 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,215,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rhys Evans's sumptuous new biography is a major event --Hywel Williams, The Guardian

A masterpice... a balanced and probing portrait, both comprehensive and extremely interesting --Prof. Richard Wyn Jones

A chronicle of the nation's history over thirty years --Dr John Davies

About the Author

Rhys Evans was born in Carmarthen and raised in Aberystwyth. He was educated at Penweddig Comprehensive School, Aberystwyth and Hertford College, Oxford where he studied Modern History. A journalist for over a decade, Rhys Evans is currently BBC Wales' Deputy Head of News and Current Affairs. The Welsh language version of this book won Academi's Book of the Year award in 2006.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What political biography should be like 16 Jun 2010
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An exemplar of what political biography should be. It's critical and sympathetic where it needs to be and it tells us as much as about his personality as his politics. It's contextualized without getting lost in detail and it's a good read. Gwynfor was far from perfect but he is an immensely important figure in post-war history and one that deserves a biography like this. If more historians from outside Wales read it we might get a more nuanced account of the UK. If more people in Wales read it we might correct a few of the myths that prevail about the man and the events he was involved with.
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