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100 Great Welsh Women
Terry Breverton
ISBN: 9781903529041 (1903529042)Publication Date November 2001
Publisher: Glyndŵr Publishing, St. Athan
Format: Paperback, 220x152 mm, 304 pages Language: English Out of print Our Price: £16.99   
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A celebration of the contribution of 100 Welsh women from earliest times until the 20th century in the diverse fields of literature and the arts, politics and religion, social and educational reform, sport and entertainment in Wales and beyond. 72 black-and-white photographs.

Dathliad o gyfraniad 100 o wragedd Cymru o'r cyfnod cynnar hyd yr 20fed ganrif i feysydd amrywiol llenyddiaeth a'r celfyddydau, gwleidyddiaeth a chrefydd, diwygiadau cymdeithasol ac addysgol, chwaraeon ac adloniant yng Nghymru a thu hwnt. 72 ffotograff du-a-gwyn.
If you have had the opportunity to read Breverton's 100 Great Welshmen, you will already have had an insight into this interesting and inspired writer, whose almost fanatical feeling for all that is Welsh has produced books of impeccable craftmanship. His research is exemplary, though highly personalised, and he makes no secret of this. In his introduction he says, ‘Margaret Roberts has been omitted. Her services to the destruction of British manufacturing and social equality as Mrs Thatcher, and her illegal treatment of miners can never be forgiven by this author. In the same vein, all present female politicians (and wives of former politicians) were not considered for this book.’

It is therefore with added interest we find ourselves avidly reading to whom Breverton himself has decided to give the accolade of being in his opinion one of Wales's 100 greatest Welsh women and whether we, the readers, agree with his selection. Who could argue with Tracy Edwards, yachtswoman, who in 1997 together with her 10-woman crew covered 1,516 miles in the first four days across the Atlantic? Then there are Petula Clark, the very much loved popular singer who has sold over 70 million records with more gold discs than any other UK artist; Megan Lloyd George, who died in 1966 having done so much for feminism; Queen Elizabeth Tudor, the grand-daughter of Henry VII and whose lifetime companion was her Welsh nurse Blanche Parry who, it is said, taught Elizabeth to speak Welsh. How many of us knew that the renowned film star Bette Davis was of Welsh extraction, as were so many others including Saint Claudia and Saint Darerca. Or the queen of them all -Boadicea?

Whatever our own opinions may be, Breverton certainly will give the reader room for thought and argument, together with a greater knowledge of the effects that the little-known emancipation of Welsh women from mediaeval times has had on women’s lives, including the Welsh colony in Patagonia, who were the first society anywhere in the world to give women the vote in 1865. All in all, 100 Great Welsh Women is an informative reference book as well as a fascinating read.

Norma Penfold

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio’r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatad Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
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