A remarkable new essay collection dissecting pivotal moments in history
‘This is an extraordinarily accomplished collection which engages, inspires and entertains.’ - Jon Gower
'It's a very fine collection, and hangs together perfectly - all sorts of telling and resonant juxtapositions in there, and so precisely expressed.' - Jim Perrin
Between the Boundaries follows the course of a single year and covers topics that range from the habits of beavers to the progression of Artificial Intelligence, journeying from Wales to Australia with many stops in between. Humorous, thought-provoking and insightful, it sweeps over and beneath the boundaries, both visible and invisible, that cover the world.
The author visits a new assessment of the Elizabethan polymath John Dee, and compares the relative claims to accuracy of different portrayals of Dylan Thomas. He goes underground to a former nuclear bunker, now made into an unpeopled data centre, and he dissects the potential future of the BBC. Pivotal moments in history are revisited, and largely-neglected artists remembered.
Between the Boundaries is an eclectic personal journey, fresh and wide in scope, of encounters across genres, eras and continents.
Adam Somerset is a writer and critic. His work on Welsh theatre has become an ongoing conversation with culture and society that has extended to art, photography, television and radio, history and politics. After earlier careers in industry he has lived in Ceredigion since 1991. His work has appeared extensively in journals, newspapers and online.