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Book Reviews

Book reviews of books relating to the local, social and community history of Swansea. They may not necessarily be newly published (in fact some of them are rather old) but we think these are the best ones to get hold of.

Swansea's Earliest Illustrations.

Thomas Rothwell. Views Of Swansea in the 1790s

Well not strictly the earliest but certainly the best from the eighteenth century. A fascinating book from the early nineties with an enduring appeal.

A Guide to Gower

A new edition of a classic guidebook. Take it with you for walks or read it on the beach.

jacklogo.jpg (10382 bytes) Swansea Jack

Our classic 'shaggy' dog story


Starling Benson of Swansea

A biography of one of the most important Victorian businessmen who helped develop the industrial town


SHW's Book of the Month:

The History of the Countryside: The...

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Oliver Rackham's book is a classic for anyone who wants to understand the way Britain's countryside has changed over the past two thousand years. I have never came across any other book that offered so many insights into trees, hedgerows, and roads explained in such a readable and interesting way. The author starts in Roman times and goes into marvellous detail to explain the way in which roads and hedgerows shaped the landscape. He looks at the 'new arrivals' such as rabbits and sycamores. The differences between woodlands, wood pastures and commons are better described here than any other book I have come across. A comprehensive reference and bibliography section give you plenty of further ideas for more reading. (Nigel Robins)

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