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Ron Berry

Flame and Slag

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‘The definitive book of South Wales... frying on the streets with pavement empathy’ Alun Richards, author of Library of Wales classic Dai Country.

Flame and Slag is Ron Berry’s masterpiece. Set against the unspeakable horror of Aberfan, this remarkable 1968 novel follows the lives of lovers, Rees Stevens and Ellen Vaughan. Rees must discover and interpret a journal written by Ellen’s father if all the fires of living on are not to fall into cold ash.

Flame and Slag marks Ron's second appearance in the Library of Wales series, following publication of So Long, Hector Bebb in 2006, as the Library of Wales' inaugural title.

Ron Berry was born in 1920 in Blaen-cwm in the Rhondda Valley, and worked as a miner from the age of fourteen. His first published novel, Hunter and Hunted, appeared in 1960 and was followed by Travelling Loaded (1963), The Full-Time Amateur (1966), Flame and Slag (1968) and So Long, Hector Bebb (1970). He also wrote shorter fiction for television and radio. His last novel, This Bygone, was published in 1996. He died in 1997 and his Collected Stories and autobiography, History is What You Live, appeared posthumously in 1998.