In his book, Daryl Leeworthy takes a provocative look at the struggle, through radical political action, for social democracy in Wales. Labour’s triumph, he argues, lay in radical pragmatism and harnessing lofty ideals with meaningful practicality. This was a place of dreamers as well as doers such as Arthur Horner and Aneurin Bevan. Yet this history is now over. Although a trajectory leads from the end of the miners’ strike to the advent of devolution and the circumstances that led to Brexit, these are exits from Labour country, not a continuation. Sustained by a powerful synthesis of scholarship and original research, passionate and committed, this book brings the cubist epic of South Wales and its politics to life.
Daryl Leeworthy is a social and cultural historian of modern Wales. He gained his doctorate from Swansea University in 2011 and published his first book, Fields of Play: The Sporting Heritage of Wales to coincide with the Olympic Games in 2012. He has taught in universities in Canada and the North of England.