A-Z of Swansea: Places-People-History (A-Z)
By: Geoff Brookes (author)Paperback
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Here is a book for everyone who loves Swansea, this rain-swept 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. There have always been significant divisions within Swansea - between those who spoke English and those who spoke Welsh, between rich and poor, between east and west - which have given its history a special character. As industry developed the rural poor moved into the town in search of employment in the copper works and the mines, trying to build a new life in a cramped and unsanitary town. Add in the contact with the rest of the world that came through the docks and you get a heady and bewildering mix. From the 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 loved by both visitors and residents.
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.
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