The Journey is Home

The Journey is Home

by John Sam Jones


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In this clear and absorbing memoir John Sam Jones writes of a life lived on the edge.
It’s a story of journeys and realisation, of acceptance and joy.
From a boyhood on the coast of Wales to a traumatic period as an undergraduate in
Aberystwyth, and on to a scholarship at Berkley on the San Francisco Bay as the AIDS
epidemic began to take hold before returning to Liverpool and north Wales to work in chaplaincy, education and sexual health. A journey of becoming a writer and chronicler of his experiences with award-winning books and the somewhat reluctant compulsion to become a campaigner for LGBT rights in Wales. The adventure of running a guest house in Barmouth where he eventually became Mayor with his husband, a German academic, whom he had married after a long partnership.
Just days after European Referendum they put the business on the market... and then moved to Germany. John is still on that journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912681747
Publisher: Parthian Books
Publication date: 08/01/2021
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

After working in ministry, education and public health for more than thirty years,
John Sam Jones lives in semi-retirement with his husband and two Welsh Collies in a small German village a stone’s throw from the Dutch border. John realised he was gay as a teenager at the beginning of the 1970s and quickly came to understand that his life

would be lived always on the edge – between truth and lies, rejection and ridicule, self-
doubt and a search for acceptance. He ultimately chose to negotiate a route through

life where honesty and integrity, in an often toxically homophobic society, were not always appreciated. In 2001 he became the first co-chair of the LGB Forum Cymru
(which was later renamed Stonewall Cymru), set up to advise the Welsh Government on LGB issues.
He studied creative writing at Chester. His collection of short stories – Welsh Boys
Too, – was an Honour Book winner in the American Library Association Stonewall
Book Awards. His second collection, Fishboys of Vernazza, was short-listed for
Welsh Book of the Year which was followed by the novels, With Angels and Furies
& Crawling Through Thorns.

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