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Laura Evans-Williams – reflections of my great-aunt

Much has been written in modern times of ‘Hedd Wyn’, the poet/farmer from Trawsfynydd, who was posthumously awarded the chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod in Birkenhead. Ellis Humphrey Evans was a poet of renown and answered the call to arms to save his brother being conscripted. His taken bardic name, Hedd Wyn, means ‘blessed […]

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Finnish Boys: Who to fight for? Who to fight?

People of my generation in Europe cannot appreciate the full emotions of all-out war. The constant pressure of conflict. The stresses of attacks without warning and not knowing the status of loved ones, who may have been posted away to places unknown. The pressures of an economy totally focussed on war and rationing of food […]

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The Turn of the Wheel Q&A session

As with previous novels, I kick-off the process with some information in the form of an interview Q. A new novel, that was quick! A. It seems that way, doesn’t it. However, ‘The Long Way Home’ was actually released in September. It may appear to be newer than that, but a combination of me learning […]

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The Long Way Home pt5: The Abermule disaster

At the end of ‘The Long Way Home’, Dafydd Thomas is involved in a railway accident at Abermule. This is based on a real event that happened one hundred years ago this month. As the last of a series of blog posts giving background to the novel, it is only fitting to put a spotlight […]

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The Long Way Home pt 4: The Armistice

According to the history books, the Great War ended on November 11th 1918. We commemorate this every year on Armistice Day, which has become a focal point for remembrance of all people killed in war. However, the Long Way Home has a scene taking place at the point of the armistice. This is a deliberate […]

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The Long Way Home pt3: Poperinge and Talbot House

In The Long Way Home, the story focusses on Dafydd Thomas’ journey through the Great War in the Railway Operating Division – and his emotional ties back home. He is posted to the western front at a depot in Poperinge. This was one of only two Belgian towns not invaded during the war and was […]

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The Long Way Home: Part 2 – Call-ups, confusion and Censors

Some more snippets: One factor that grew in this country in the early years of the Great war, was the nationalistic fervor for which it was received. A combination of jingoistic press, advertising campaigns and peer pressure. People from all walks of life joined and recruitment centres sprang up in all towns. As a rule, […]

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The Long Way home now available outside UK

My new novel has been released in the UK in paperback form, but now is available to customers in many other countries without the need for expensive international shipping. I have now released the book on the Amazon KDP service, for people who live outside the UK. If a customer buys the book through their […]

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Kindle version of long Way Home now available

After quite a lot of work by my good friend, Mike Clark of NFCW and a lot of reading up by me today… the novel has now been released as an e-book for Kindle readers. Kindle Unlimited subscribers can download it for free, which sounds a bit of a raw deal for me – but […]

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Long Way Home – Back story part 1: Railway workers, white feathers and women in the Great War.

My aim is to write a series of short essays, to provide some background to the period in which ‘Long Way Home’ is set. Dafydd Thomas was always destined to have a career in railways, since he first appeared in his father’s story. (Book one of which – Turning of the Wheel is on course […]