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The Last Coal Trip to Tenby Paperback – 1 Oct 2012

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908069945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908069948
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rhondda-born Rod Humphries a lifelong lover of books has finally got round to writing one. Having taught in the south Wales valleys for many years Rod has now retired to St Ives in Cornwall, which, he avers, is very much like the Rhondda, only with a beach.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bill Robison on 3 Nov. 2012
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I loved this very unusual book. Told fondly, but not blinded by sentiment. On the surface it is a memoir of harder times than ours. Those lives described were made bearable by good hearts and the Valleys humour: wry and companionable. In that sense alone, of a memoir, it would be fine, but unexceptional. What separates it from many recollections of lost working class culture is that the social history stands second to the true emotional heart of the story. The young central character's tale is projected onto lives lived in a period before the author's own childhood. Yet this is no work of fiction. Historical events from the remote world's stage, jostle unequally with significant local preoccupations and tragedies. Told with a surging good humour, by turns kindly and comic. And by times, a wistful commentary is made on both that past world, and the present one. This is not a history of Kings and Queens, but the honestly told experiences of ordinary people. More particularly, it is the history of what was most personal for one boy. And that boy became a man. Great stuff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jelly on 19 Dec. 2012
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I grew up in the south wales valleys, so could identify with the mentality of the characters. A super book to read that gives a great insight to a time gone by. Thank you for producing this great book and making it available on the Kindle. I would rec this book to a friend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marifech on 4 Dec. 2012
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A brilliant read which transported me back to my childhood.such an accurate account written with humour that kept me chuckling away.I am buying copies for friends as Christmas gifts hoping they will be transported back just like me. Thank you for such a wonderful and entertaining read!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Dec. 2012
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An enjoyable light read giving a very good insight into valley life in the days leading up to the second world war. Poignant in places. If you enjoy welsh humour and would like a look at the lighter side of life in difficult times then this book is for you. Recommend wholeheartedly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a c smalldon on 2 Jun. 2013
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Bought for my wife's Kindle she said she enjoyed it very much and has recommended to family and friends well worth reading
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Feb. 2013
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Vivid description of life in the Welsh valleys with a host of memorable larger than life characters. Little glimpses of the harsh reality of life, mixed with warmth, silliness and humour. Reads as if it is only a very slight caricature. The description of the child's passionate love of books, and the kindness of those who understand why it is so important, is spot on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nell on 18 Jan. 2013
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Really enjoyed this - I holidayed in the Valleys with a friend's family during the early 1960's - could have been 20 years earlier! - and although raised in rural Sussex I could empathise entirely with the way the community was run/worked together - a leftover from the WW2?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Parrish on 16 Jan. 2013
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I remembered holidays in Tenby. many years ago. I can also remember crouching under the stairs as bombs dropped on Sheffield. The book made me feel very nostalgic.
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