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David Lloyd Owen

A Wilder Wales: Travellers’ Tales 1610-1831 (Paperback)

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This book will be released in June 2021

Pre-orders are charged at time of order and the book will be posted to you as soon as it becomes available.


A Wilder Wales is a rich fountain of cultural bounty...” Adam Somerset, Wales Arts Review

“an excellent introduction... both informative and thought-provoking.... This is a book to take on travels and to dip into — or indeed to devour...” Heather James, Archaeologia Cambrensis

David Lloyd Owen introduces us to the breadth of travellers’ tales from a mysterious and absorbing country in this fascinating compendium. A Wilder Wales highlights the astonishing transformation of Wales from a poor rural backwater to the crucible of the industrial revolution and offers readers an insight into the ways in which outsiders viewed the land and its people.

A fine gift book for discerning travellers and tourists wanting to take words from Wales home.


"Even Hannibal himself wou'd have found it impossible to have march'd his army over Snowden" Daniel de Foe, A tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain... 1724

"It would be the height of ingratitude to find fault with any thing, where kindness and humanity were so predominant." Mary Morgan, A tour to Milford Haven, in the year 1791.

"At Holly well they speake Welsh; the inhabitants go barefoote and bare leg'd - a nasty sort of people. Their meate is very small here, Mutton is noe bigger than Little Lamb, what of it there is was sweete; their wine good being Neare ye Sea side, and are well provided with ffish - very good Salmon and Eeles and other ffish I had at Harding." Celia Fiennes, Through England on a Side Saddle, 1698

David Lloyd Owen was educated at Liverpool and Oxford. His family is from Llangrannog. He is a writer and water consultant, advising governments, multilateral institutions, companies, and banks about water policy, especially regarding finance and sustainability. He now lives in Wales on the side of a hill above the Teifi at Newcastle Emlyn with his wife, Polly. As well as collecting books on Wales and South & Central Asia, he dabbles in rural life, writing, epicure and local politics, serving as Mayor of Cardigan in 2003-04.