Clive Selwood was born in the Rhondda and spent his early life there. He still has strong family links there and is a frequent visitor. Following his retirement from the NHS in Wales he has been writing and lecturing on the history of the valley and its people. His latest venture is the release of a book about the origins of the public houses of the area and the characters associated with them in the 19th century and first half of the 20th century. Through his research he has painted a vivid picture of triumph through hardship, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and courage. The colour and complexity of the birth of the coal era is captured together with the personal and sometimes tragic tales of the characters, both male and female, who played integral parts in shaping the valleys we know today.
His research, with the invaluable help of RCT libraries and the Glamorgan Archives, has thrown light on otherwise forgotten incidents in our past. Anyone with a link to the Rhondda or indeed all those who enjoy a good read would be entertained and fascinated by the contents of this work. The author has also included the most comprehensive guide yet produced to the pub checks associated with the area, due to his longstanding interest in paranumismatics (the study of articles which may resemble currency but which are not made by The Royal Mint).
A4 size hardback with dust jacket, 335 pages with over 200 black and white and colour images