‘Definitive biography of a tormented genius’ released

Saturday, 22 July 2017

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Alun Gibbard’s Into The Wind: The Life of Carwyn James (published by Y Lolfa at £14.99) must surely be recognised as the definitive biography of the genius that was this tormented soul.

The two sides of his short life are explored in this fascinating book which contains new information and previously unpublished photographs of Carwyn, who wore the red rugby shirt of his country and coached not only the Lions, but also his club, Llanelli, to victory against the All Blacks.

This 432-page book – which is excellent value for money – discusses the time he stood for general election, his contributions to radio and TV broadcasting and much, much more.

The author, who is a full-time writer from Llanelli, who still takes part in radio and TV programmes, interviewed more than a hundred people from Carwyn’s four areas of interest and expertise. It also meant that he had long discussions with members of Carwyn’s family.

In the world of rugby, Carwyn refused to go along with traditional rugby thinking and played into the wind every time.

And, as the author says in his preface: ‘This book answers many questions, contains new information and offers definite conclusions. But I’m sure it leaves many questions unanswered.

“This fact may well be a reflection on the book itself for some readers, but the real tragic relevance of such a statement is that the lack of answers was a living reality for Carwyn when he left this world at 53 years of age.’

A truly remarkable book.

BRIAN LEE

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