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  • Unknown Binding: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Leslie Frewin Publishers Ltd (1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0090964802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0090964802
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2008
Format: Unknown Binding
On the very short shelf of books about the nationalist campaign and republican activists in late 1960s and early 70s Wales, this remains an intriguing if erratic blend of fact and fiction, adventure and memoir. Originally published in hardcover by Leslie Frewin in 1969 under this title, it appeared a year later in a "revised and updated edition" as a pulp paperback in the New English Library as "The Disaster," excising a chapter; there may be more excisions or additions that will have to await my comparison. It's a relatively brisk-- pitched for a mass-market audience-- novelization of a London-based journalist's true-life involvement with the efforts to gain the charity funds held up from being distributed to the families who lost children in the 1966 Aberfan coal-tip collapse. 166 died when an enormous heap of slag buried a school. The pressure for Westminster to pay up comes from locals who, emboldened if not exactly connected to a shadowy Free Wales Army, threaten to blow up an abandoned factory tower if their demands for allocations of the funds sent from all over the world to the demolished village are not paid out.

The novel's pace ebbs and flows. Summers incorporates, according to an acknowledgement, portions of his earlier journalism that I assume covered Aberfan and the dam-destroying explosives set by the FWA. These remain the book's best sections. They energize with blunt eyewitness descriptions, terse dialogue, and vivid details. Similarly, the struggles of a seaman turned starving journalist ring very true; poverty and desperation both leap off the page dramatically and movingly.
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