Real Wrexham

Real Wrexham

Series: Real Series
Genre: Non-Fiction
Tag: Moved from Wrexham
ASIN: 1854114492

Wrexham: the Eastern Front of Wales. The place where the tide of Saxon invasion rolled in, hit the mountains and stopped. The place where Owain Glyndwr came to get married, where Elihu Yale came to be buried, and where the giants of English football came to be killed.  This is a border town where landscapes, accents and identities meet, mingle and merge. A place where mountain meets plain, Wales meets England, and the Mabinogion meets Man United.

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About the Book

The biggest town in north Wales gets the ´Real´ treatment from novelist and poet Grahame Davies. Born in Coedpoeth, now much-travelled, he´s still endlessly fascinated by his home town.

Mixing personal experience and memory with history, topography, journalism, and an unflagging interest, Davies looks beyond the town´s workaday image and finds something rather special. [br][br] Real Wrexham´s real-life characters include obsessive football fans, an ill-fated racing driver, a soccer-player-turned-TV-psychic, several hard-drinking priests, two high-society lesbians and a werewolf. Among the subject it features are a mysterious massacre, a mining disaster, a tour of Wrexham´s ´Wild West´ and a guide to ´Parallel Wrexhams´ worldwide. Even if you thought you knew Wrexham, this book will make you think again.

The history, communal and personal, which it uncovers is a revelation. It´s a masterpiece of psychogeography.

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About the Author
Grahame Davies

Grahame Davies is a Welsh poet, author and lyricist, who has won numerous prizes, including the Wales Book of the Year Award. As a much-sought-after lyricist, he collaborates extensively with composers and wrote the words for the song 'Sacred Fire', which, with Sarah Class's music performed by South African soprano Pretty Yende, was one of the musical highlights of the Coronation of King Charles III in May 2023, and was described by Andrew Lloyd Webber as 'mesmerising'. .