After months of blood, sweat and tears (OK, maybe not blood and sweat), my new book THE A-Z OF CURIOUS WALES is available now from all good bookshops.
Published by The History Press, it’s an alphabetical journey through the weird and wonderful history of Cymru and, as you might expect, I’ve got a suitably “curious” book launch lined up at Swansea Museum on Friday, August 2, 2019, 6.30pm – full details TBC soon.
If you can’t make it to the Swansea date, fear not – I’ll be popping up in all sorts of places throughout the summer, and if you’d like a signed copy please let me know.
The book has been modelled on similar collections which were popularised during the Victorian era, and crams in more than 100 unusual accounts from throughout the centuries, from awe-inspiring ancient monuments to the more recent magical yarns of Harry Potter.
The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed that the finished cover (below) looks a little different to the one I posted previously. Apologies, if it was up to me I would have kept the old one, but I can assure you that the contents inside remain the same!
Here’s the blurb from the publisher:
“Wales’ history is packed with peculiar customs and curious characters. Here you will discover alien landscapes, ancient druids and a Victorian ghost hunter.
Find out why revellers would carry a decorated horse’s skull on a pole door to door at Christmastime, how an eccentric inventor hoped to defeat Hitler with his futuristic ray gun, and why a cursed wall is protected by a global corporation for fear it might destroy a town.
From the folklore surrounding the red dragon on the flag, to the evolution of the song ‘Sosban Fach’, this compendium of weird and wonderful facts will surprise and delight even the most knowledgeable resident or visitor.”
You can also read about my previously published works in the MARK REES: BOOKS section.