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The Fire People

By Alexander Cordell

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First published in 1972 and now available as an eBook, The Fire People is a rousing historical drama from the bestselling author of Rape of the Fair Country

Set in the ironmaking town of Merthyr Tydfil, The Fire People is the
story of Dic Penderyn who in 1831 became the first Welsh Martyr of
the working class.

Hanged for a crime that he did not commit, his story is told in this
powerful novel which describes the events which took place during
the famous Merthyr Tydfil riots of 1831.

Biographical Notes

Alexander Cordell was born in Ceylon in 1914, was educated mainly in China and joined the army in 1932. After WWII, during which he served in France, he became a civil servant, spending three years in Hong Kong.

He wrote more than thirty novels including the highly acclaimed 'Mortymer Trilogy' - The Rape of the Fair Country, The Hosts of Rebecca and Song of the Earth. He died on 13 November 1997 aged eighty-three

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  • ISBN: 9781473603516
  • Publication date: 07 Aug 2014
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  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
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This Proud and Savage Land

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Hywel Mortymer's story begins in 1800 when he is sixteen and a dramatic change in fortune leads him, innocent and inexperienced, to a brutal anddangerous life working in the coal mines. In the mines children can be horribly maimed in devastating gas explosions,or grow deformed with the burden of their labours and babies are born underground. Wales is in turmoil. A tragic divide between rich and poor, the workers powerless,penniless, starving and diseased sparks growing unrest as the newly founded Unions move inexorably towards the Chartist Rebellion. This Proud and Savage Land is a brilliantly detailed chronicle of early nineteenth-century Wales and a prelude to the bestselling Rape of the Fair Country.

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Requiem For A Patriot

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1839. The queen's realm is in the grip of revolutionary fervour. John Frost, idealisticand charismatic leader of the South Wales Chartists leads his dispossessed followers to Newport. Similar risings are planned throughout the land. these will signal a new dawn: one that heralds the end of opression by a tyrannical rulingclass. But the tide of history is not turning the rebels' way. And in the depths of his struggleagainst a power that will severly punish him, John Frost finds succour in his passionate and enduring love for his wife.

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Moll

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The raven-haired beauty in the stagecoach looks every inch the French aristocrat she claims to be. But she is nothing of the sort. She is Moll Walbee, and she has left her reputation as a notorious pickpocket far behind her in the slums of Paris.The handsome higwayman who waylays the stagecoach is also not whathe seems. He is Richard Carling, recently dismissed from his regiment and now a Gentleman of the Road. But all he steals from Moll is a kiss...And so on the road a partnership is born that will be refined in trust and betrayal, that will lead to danger and high adventure in England, on the ocean wave, and to a dramatic climax in the wilds of Australia.

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Beloved Exile

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Iestyn Mortymer, captured during the chartist Rebellion, is tried at the Monmouth Assizes and sentenced to twenty-one years transportation for crimes against Her Imperial Majesty Queen Victoria. Torn from his young wife Mari, he is exiled to Afghanistan - a country as violated and outraged as his native Wales. On all sides Iestyn witnesses signs of increasing hostility towards the English, and of the crumbling edifice of the Empire. Involved in the appalling 'Afghan Promenade' that cost the British army 17,000 lives, caught up by intrigue, murder and deadly deception, he cannot escape the fact that this is a time when every white face in the country is dubbed an Unbeliever, every redcoat a potential target of violence. Yet, despite everything, there is another escape that he is determined to make. Back to Wales...An epic blend of history and fiction, a swirling canvas of politics, war, servitude and passion, BELOVED EXILE marks the glorious culmination of Alexander Cordell's Welsh sagas.

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The Dreams of Fair Women

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Hong Kong in the nineteenth century: a heady, overwhelming mixture of worldly commercialism, moral corruption and Eastern tradition. Into this strange and exciting world, on board the S.S. Mongolia comes Milly Smith, daughter of a Hong Kong tycoon, destined for a marriage of convenience to a greedy financier. But during the course of her journey Milly has attracted the attentions of fellow passanger, the wild and dashing pirate, Eli boggs. Set against a turbulent historical backdrop of Hong Kong's piracy, the slave trade and the infamous Opium War, The Dreams of Fair Women is a classic historical adventure from the author of The Rape of the Fair Country.

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Land of Heart's Desire

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The Love That God Forgot

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Wales has reached the apex of her industrial clamour. But young Tom Mortymer, son of rich industrialist Iestyn Mortymer, has turned his back on his inheritance, exchanging the bell-clang and fire of his Upper Forest Tinplate Works in Morriston for the simplicity and wanderlust of a gypsy existence with his young Romany wife, Jen Wildflower. In time they come to settle on Flatholm Island where they become a refuge for the animals. Self-sufficiency is their ultimate goal; the substantial income from tinplate is ignored. But their simple idyll does not last. They are aware of a strange malevolence towards them.One frightening incident follows another until it is clear to tom and Jen that they will have to abandon their home and return to Cefn-Ydfa, their mansion in Maesteg. Their decision coincides with the arrival in Cardiff of Jethro Mortymer, Tom's uncle - whom he had long believed dead. Would Jethro be able to shed any light on Tom and Jen's continuing nightmare?

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Send Her Victorious

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Tunnel Tigers

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Tales From Tiger Bay

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The people who inhabited the dockland area of Cardiff, know as Tiger Bay,have engraved their personalities on the very air of Bute Street and, under Alexander Cordell's vivid pen, the streets are crammed again with everycreed and nationality; from priests and nuns to dockers and drunks; boxers,rugby fanatics, concubines and Bute Street ladies. The place comes alive in all its bawdy strength and colour.

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Sea Urchin

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To Slay The Dreamer

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Rogue's March

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Land Of My Fathers

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Peerless Jim

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Jim Driscoll, adopted Welshman, one of the greatest boxers who ever lived. Robust, hot-headed, a born fighter - and a legend in his own lifetime. Moving between South Wales, London and America in the early years of thetwentieth century, this is the dramatic story of a true-life sporting hero - a story of fierce pride and burning ambition, but also of human weakness and a lovethat survives against all odds.

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The White Cockade

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An enthralling story of high adventure, ambush and pursuit, plot and counterplot during the ill-fated United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798.When seventeen-year-old John Regan takes on a mission entrusted to him by his dying father, he rides through an Ireland seething with danger with more than just his own life in his hands.The first in a trilogy of books set in 18th century Ireland, from the bestselling author of Rape of the Fair Country.

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Witches' Sabbath

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The Healing Blade

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An epic of the days when personal honour and patriotism were moreimportant than any one man's life. John Regan has a secret mission crucial to the success of the infamousUnited Irishmen's Rebellion of 1798.A thrilling historical adventure for younger readers from the bestselling author of Rape of the Fair Country, first published in 1971 and now available as an eBookfor the first time.

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The Dream And The Destiny

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The Long March was an extraordinary feat of human endurance. Lin-Wai, a young doctor newly recruited into the Red Army, is caught up in the breakout of the followersof Mao and their ensuing flight. The marchers struggle on through pain and suffering, under continual harrassment from the enormously superior Kuomintang forces. Through the blistering heat of the Grasslands to the icy-zub-zero temperatures of the Great Snow Mountain, they march. Over a hundred thousand men begin the march. Only five thousand will survive.

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This Sweet And Bitter Earth

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The men of the North Wales slate quarries lived dangerous, unhealthy and underpaid lives; as a boy Toby Davies joined them. The quarries taught himprecious truths about poverty and exploitation, but Toby also learned of love from the two beautiful women in his life - Bron and Nanwen O'Hara. Toby moved south to seek work in the coal mines, but found no easier future.He was there at the notorious Tonypany riots of 1910 and the police occupationof the Rhondda, and would never forget the savagery of the battles fought betweenthe workers and the bosses.