It’s that time of year again! With Christmas nearing and 2022 drawing to a close, we take a look back at some of the best art and cultural offerings to come out of Wales this year. Today, we’re taking a look at our favourite Welsh non-fiction books from 2022.
A memoir tackling the alienation and isolation which comes with growing up as a person of colour in North Wales, and the UK more broadly.
Part memoir, part study into the effect of music on our brains.
A new collection of essays which promises to break down the clichés and binaries which have traditionally shaped our thinking about Wales and Welsh identity
In the summer of 2017, Ellie Evelyn Orrell returned to her native North Wales, where she learnt the art of indigo dyeing from her grieving mother. This evocative memoir from a debut author weaves together mediations on landscape, family and the healing powers of art.
A collection of essays which put a “Welsh gaze on the rest of the world”.
Red Dragons: The Story of Welsh Football – Phil Stead (Y Lolfa)
The updated version of Red Dragons covers the story of Welsh football since its earliest days in the 19th century. It looks at the characters, controversies and developments of the country’s clubs, players, and most importantly, the national team.
An evocative and insightful exploration of the past, present and future of Welsh food. Carwyn Graves travels Wales to uncover the country’s traditional foods and tells the unique and compelling stories of the people making them today.
An oral history of the politics and culture of Wales in the second half of the twentieth century by some of the people that helped shape it.
This beautiful new volume situates the visualisation of Welsh music and musicians both in the context of the evolution of the self-image of the Welsh people, and of its influence on outside perceptions of Welshness within Britain and the wider world.
The new biography of Gwyn Thomas by Daryl Leeworthy which our reviewer, Bethan Jenkins, described as being “destined to be the definitive work on ‘the Rhondda Runyon’ for many years to come.”
A Life Beyond the Boundaries: A Biography of CLR James – John L. Williams (Constable)
Historian, revolutionary and cricket writer, CLR James was one of the truly radical voices of the twentieth century. In this new volume, John L. Williams unveils his rich and compelling story.
The Campaigns of Margaret Lloyd George: The Wife of the Prime Minister 1916-1922 – Richard Rhys O’Brien (Y Lolfa)