This is a book for everyone who loves Swansea, this rainswept place by the sea. The town has not always lived in the full glare of history but it is a place that has made its own contribution to the world, always looking outwards. As Swansea's industry developed, the rural poor moved into the town in search of employment in the copper works and mines, each trying to build a new life in a cramped town. Add to this the rest of the world that arrived via the docks and you get a heady and bewildering mix. From the Swansea social whirl of the Georgian Assembly Rooms to the bizarre story of Zeno, murderer and spy, Geoff Brookes takes you on an A-Z tour of Swansea's history. Fully illustrated with photographs from today and yesterday, this new A-Z history will show you the places and the people that have built the Swansea that is loved by both visitors and residents alike.
Geoff Brookes was born in 1951 in Sheffield and graduated from Leicester University in 1972. After completing teacher training in Birmingham and working for a number of years in Leicester, he moved to Swansea in 1981 when appointed Head of English in Dillwyn Llewelyn Comprehensive School. Geoff retired from his post in summer 2011, and after a period of time as a consultant working in the local authority he is now an author. He received a nomination as Columnist of the Year (Business Media category) in the PPA Awards 2011 for his work with the TES.