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The Prince of Wales [Paperback]

John Williams , Mike Jones
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2 Jun 2003
The final part of John Williams' Cardiff-trilogy, "The Prince of Wales" sees the Butetown community threatened to the point of extinction by the redevelopment that is changing the face of the city. Set in Cardiff in the first year of the new century, female pimp, Bobby Ranger, decides that it is finally time to track down the father who abandoned her mother before she was born. Local journalist Pete Duke, having fully embraced a midlife crisis, must decide whether he wants to further upset his cosy world and follow what could possibly be the story of his lifetime. Business entrepeneur Leslie St Clair has many successful projects across the city, but will what could possibly be his last attempt at really making it big be scuppered by revelations about his less than salubrious past? All find their lives inextricably entangled and everything in the end seems to lead back to 'The Prince of Wales', a building that has played a part in all of their lives. Against the backdrop of the bay development and the Assembly they try to change their own lives in a city that itself is changing irrevocably. Part love story, part thriller and part search for identity, "The Prince of Wales" is a rich emotional drama.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747559759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747559757
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,525,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A rich drama that’s part love story, part thriller and totally addictive. -- Marie Claire

A synthesis of thriller and literary fiction, teeming with dangerous Cardiff low-lifes and some complex riffs on notions of identity. -- Independent

A wonderfully atmospheric novel that sets out to rub a few nerves. -- Jim Driver, Time Out

Both an atmospheric portrait of a changing city and a compellingly readable drama of believable lives. -- Mail on Sunday

Part thriller and part search for identity, this brings to a solemn close a literary crime series of great originality. -- Bookseller

About the Author

John Williams lives and works in his hometown of Cardiff. He is the author of FIVE PUBS, TWO BARS AND A NIGHTCLUB and CARDIFF DEAD.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read 12 April 2012
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If you want to read about the real Cardiff not the rubbish some other Welsh 'writers' come out with this is a great book. Part of a trilogy though so read them in order.
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