These are books from my bookshelf connected with the walk about Wales and the Welsh language, about walking historical and current, about maps and geography. Some I have had for many years and some I was given this Christmas. I have not read them all (yet) … but for those I don’t manage before the walk I will have three and half months to catch up! Where a book is available on Amazon I’ve tried to add links, and also I will try to upload my personal notes and mini-reviews to BookNotes (just a couple so far).
- A Mirror of Medieval Wales: Gerald of Wales and His Journey of 1188.
Charles Kightly. Cadw. 1988. 0948329300
I missed this when it was on TV, but got the DVD for Christmas. Amazing photography, and full of things I never knew before, including the oldest ceremonial burial in Western Europe in the Gower, and an enormous copper mine in Great Worms Head Llandudno. Despite spending all my schooling in Cardiff, I find I know almost nothing of Welsh history except Llewelyn and Gelert. Why so long studying post-Norman conquest kings and not medieval welsh princedoms?
myths and folk tales
walks and topography
about Welsh language
- Wales in Quotation (A Pocket Guide).
Meic Stephens. University of Wales Press and The Western Mail. 1999. 0708315607
- Travels in an Old Tongue: Touring the World Speaking Welsh.
Pamela Petro. Harper Collins. 1997. 0002556561
- The Welsh Language (A Pocket Guide).
Janet Davies. University of Wales Press and The Western Mail. 1999/2005. 070831516X
A documentary style of writing of the 'past, present and future' of Machynlleth, past and perhaps future capital of independent Wales, from the parliament of Owen Glyndwr (past), to an imagine future seat of a government of a future (somewhat utopian) independent Wales. The 'present' is odd to read written before the establishment of the Welsh Assembly, and it is also somewhat unsettling reading the description of the town and sites that have been were made so vivid recently following the abduction of April Jones.
- O! Tyn y Gorchudd/The Life of Rebecca Jones.
Angharad Price, trans. Lloyd Jones. Gomer Press. 2010 (orig. 2002). 9781848511750
- A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain.
Daniel Defoe, ed. Pat Rogers. Penguin Books. 1971/1979 (orig. 1724-6). 0140430660
- A Walk to the Western Isles: After Boswell and Johnson.
Frank Delaney. HarperCollins. 1994. 0586211322
Wonderful romp of a book … although at 1 mile an hour in the early stages, not necessarily a physical romp! A plain speaking northern lass, sets out on the South West Path, never intending to travel the whole way round - makes me feel well planned.
- The Journey Through Wales and The Description of Wales.
Gerald of Wales, trans. Lewis Thorpe. Penguin. 1978/2004. 9780140443394
maps and cartography
- A Mapmaker's Dream: The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Cartographer to the Court of Venice.
James Cowan. Hodder & Stoughton. 1997. 0340695439
- Making Contact: Maps Identity and Travel.
eds Glenn Burger, Lesley B. Cormack, Jonathan Hart, Natalia Pylypiuk. University of Alberta Press. 2003. 0888643772
- You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination.
Katharine Harmon. Princeton Architectural Press. 2004. 9781568984308
- Map Addict: A Tale of Obsession, Fudge and the Ordnance Survey.
Mike Parker. Collins. 2010. 9780007351572
- from place to PLACE: maps and Parish Maps.
eds Sue Clifford and Angela King. Common Ground. 1996. 1870364163
- Mapping the World: Stories of Geography.
Caroline and Martine Laffon. Firefly Books. 2009. 9781554075256
- From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association.
Kris Harzinski. Princeton Architectural Press. 2010. 9781568988825
- The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime.
Miles Harvey. Broadway. 2001. 0767908260
- Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer.
Peter Turchi. Trinity University Press. 2004. 9781595340412
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