This is a new edition of David Painting's biography of Amy Dillwyn, first published in 1987. This is a very accessible biography of a remarkable woman, Amy Dillwyn (1845 - 1935); who was born into one of Swansea's most distinguished families, and became a leading industrialist and also novelist. Based largely on her diaries, it traces the life of a woman of exceptional spirit and personality who inherited her father's bankrupt business but learnt to make her way in a man's world.
Dr David Painting was Law Librarian at Swansea University and Honorary Librarian of the Royal Institution of South Wales (Swansea Museum). He has also written extensively on Swansea's place in the history of photography and has lectured widely on the cultural background of Swansea and South Wale