Alexander Cordell

Valient for Truth

Mike Buckingham and Richard Frame

Alexander Cordell
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Mike Buckingham and Richard Frame

Distributed for University of Wales Press

167 pages | 8-2/5 x 5-3/10
Paper $10.00 ISBN: 9780708314883 Published March 1999 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Alexander Cordell was born into a military family in Ceylon and spent much of his youth in the Far East. He worked his way up through the ranks of the British Army to become a major. To many, he must have seemed the quintessential Englishman, and yet his natural sympathies lay increasingly in Wales, where he came to be adored by the reading public. Indeed, his bestselling novels made Wales known throughout the world. His socialist views were also reflected in the subject matter of the more than twenty books that he wrote. Many of his novels are about Wales and include the immensely popular Rape of the Fair Country, The Hosts of Rebecca and Song of the Earth. These are novels which relate evocative tales against the backdrop of early industrial Wales and which succeed both in engaging readers emotionally and in increasing their awareness of the past.

This is the first biography of Alexander Cordell. It is written with energy and imagination by Mike Buckingham and Richard Frame, both of whom were close friends of Cordell. The book is based on Cordell's personal papers and on records of conversation with him. It offers a unique opportunity to look into the life of the man behind the books.

Daily Post
“Cordell’s own life, as related by his two closest friends Buckingham and Frame, has all the qualities of a novel . . . a very well researched and fascinating story of a man who may yet get his due from our dreadful Art Establishment.” –Daily Post
Western Mail
“ . . . a vivid and sympathetic portrait of a complex, charismatic man . . . It provides a vivid insight into the man and the writer . . . ” –Western Mail
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