Border Country
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Border Country


When railway signalman Harry Price suddenly suffers a stroke, his son Matthew, a lecturer in London, makes a return to the border village of Glynmawr. As Matthew and Harry struggle with their memories of personal and social change, a beautiful and mo...

Title:Border Country
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:450 pages

    Border Country Reviews

  • Dafydd
    Dec 07, 2008

    What a beautiful book. It took me some time to get into it, but as I got used to the pace it began to dig deeply into my psyche. At some point I began to realise that this could well have been the aut...

  • Sian Lile-Pastore
    May 16, 2015

    This is a lovely book with sweet, nostalgic writing. It's pretty gentle stuff about changing times, class and identity and there was much that resonated with me. Ultimately though it just wasn't my ki...

  • Erica
    May 20, 2017

    It's been a long time since I've finished a book and immediately wanted to turn it over and read it again, wanted to crawl into the world of the book and lived there. This made me want to do that. It ...

  • David
    Apr 20, 2014

    Raymond Williams' 1960 novel opens with Matthew Price, a university lecturer from the Welsh Borders, running through a multicultural London where a smile from a fellow traveller is rare, to catch a bu...

  • Bob Tyrrell
    Jun 28, 2014

    A wonderful exploration of the impact of change on an individual and a community, how some live true to their values in an understanding of the essential futility of the idea of progress whilst others...

  • Zareen
    Nov 11, 2016

    This book struck a code for me as it was about identity. It is also about journeys. Although it is a novel, I am wondering if it is based on Raymond Williams own experiences.The main character, Matthe...

  • Benny
    Oct 15, 2014

    Een "vergeten" klassieker die best wat meer aandacht mag krijgen. Grensland vertelt het verhaal van iemand die van het Welshe platteland naar de stad trok, voor job, zekerheid en liefde. Maar nu zijn ...

  • Sioned Raybould
    May 11, 2014

    I studied this book alongside 'How green was my valley' for my Advanced Higher English dissertation. It takes a few chapters to get into but it is a wonderful, beautifully written and heart breaking n...

  • Joe
    Mar 05, 2012

    brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Riveting read right from the start. i found it very emotional and poignant. highly recommended ...

  • Benny
    Oct 15, 2014

    I loved the book in Dutch first, then read it again in the original and loved it even more. This is an absolute 20th century classic. To be savoured slowly....

About Raymond Williams

Raymond Williams

Raymond Henry Williams was a Welsh academic, novelist, and critic. He taught for many years and the Professor of Drama at the University of Cambridge. He was an influential figure within the New Left and in wider culture. His writings on politics, culture, the mass media and literature are a significant contribution to the Marxist critique of culture and the arts. His work laid the foundations for