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George Brinley Evans

Boys of Gold

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"Boys of Gold displays a mural of memories that illustrate his life, comradeship, compatriots, kindred spirits as colliers and warriors." - Roy Noble

A collection of short stories, some set against the background of the author's life as a coalminer in the Neath valley and a soldier in Burma during World War 2, dealing with caring and loving relationships within families and coal-mining colleagues, and with formative wartime experiences. Together with one personal essay about the fellow miner and writer B. L. Coombes.

Featuring a new foreword by Professor Dai Smith. This Parthian/Modern edition will also feature a new short story, 'The Onllwyn Train'.



At ninety-six years old George Brinley Evans has lived a full and impressive life. At age fourteen he worked in Banwen Colliery before joining the army four years later to serve in Burma with the 856 Motor Boats, first with the 15th Indian Corps then the 12th Army.

George returned to Banwen Colliery after the war, married Peggy Jones and raised a family together. After losing an eye in an accident in the Cornish Drift, George began practicing as a sculptor and painter, as well as writing scripts for independent television and the BBC. George still lives and works in Banwen.