Fight and Flight: Essays on Ron Berry

Fight and Flight: Essays on Ron Berry


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Ron Berry (1920–1977) was born in Blaencwm, a small village in the Rhondda Valleys of Wales. At age fourteen, he left school to follow his father’s career in the mines, and he remained a miner until World War II. Following his military service, he attended college, where he became an avid reader; soon after, he began writing, publishing his first novel, Hunters and Hunted, in 1960. Over the course of the next four decades, Berry would publish five more novels, a collection of stories, and a memoir, all of which shared a concern with the difficult lives of the working class people among whom he had grown up in the Rhondda Valleys.
While Berry was relatively neglected in his lifetime, his work is increasingly being seen as some of the most astute writing from Wales of the twentieth century. This collection, the first sustained critical study of his work, offers a literary, physical, and chronological view of Berry, from his personal life to the literary geographies and communities in which he was situated to his creative legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786835284
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication date: 05/29/2020
Series: University of Wales Press - Writing Wales in English Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Georgia Burdett is an ABA therapist and tutor for children with autism and an independent scholar. Sarah Morse is senior executive officer at the Learned Society of Wales and an independent scholar.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors List of abbreviations Ways Out: Ways In: Ways Back An Introduction Barbara Prys-Williams, History is what you live: Ron Berry's rumination on his conflicted life and times Tony Brown, A Man’s World:

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