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After studying philosophy at college, Charlotte Williams went on to work as an arts journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines as well as making radio documentaries and, later, writing radio dramas for the BBC. Under her maiden name, Charlotte Greig, she also recorded several albums of original folk music. Sadly she was diagnosed with cancer shortly after finishing the first draft of this second crime novel in the Jessica Mayhew series, and died shortly before publication.
A second case (following The House on the Cliff) for psychotherapist and single parent Jessica Mayhew and, sadly, the final one as the author died prematurely shortly before publication (she was also better known as the folk singer Charlotte Greig, whose wonderful and sensitive music will be much missed). Her patient is a young artist whose mother has just been murdered and suspects her art dealer brother-in-law might be responsible. As the bonds between the two women deepen and their roles interwine to unsettling effect, the vivid Welsh setting and raw emotions come to the fore and provide a muted sense of dread to a clockwork plot that draws on all the best elements of the psychological thriller. A terrible shame there will be no more Jessica Mayhew books.
Maxim Jakubowski January 2015 Highly Recommended. A second case (following The House on the Cliff) for psychotherapist and single parent Jessica Mayhew and, sadly, the final one as the author died prematurely shortly before publication (she was also better known as the folk singer Charlotte Greig, whose wonderful and sensitive music will be much missed). Her patient is a young artist whose mother has just been murdered and suspects her art dealer brother-in-law might be responsible. As the bonds between the two women deepen and their roles interwine to unsettling effect, the vivid Welsh setting and raw emotions come to the fore and provide a muted sense of dread to a clockwork plot that draws on all the best elements of the psychological thriller. A terrible shame there will be no more Jessica Mayhew books.
Jessica Mayhew has a new client at her psychotherapy practice. Artist Pandora Powell is in shock following the death of her mother, Ursula, who was murdered during the theft of a valuable painting at her studio. And Jess has problems of her own, as she struggles to adjust to the demands of being a single parent. Pandora is a beautiful but shy and vulnerable young woman who has grown up in the shadow of her famous ancestors, the Welsh painters Augustus and Gwen John, and under the wing of her twin sister, Isobel. There is a suggestion that Isobel's husband, art dealer Blake Thomas, might be responsible for Ursula's murder. Blake is riding high with the success of his latest protege, reclusive ex-miner and would-be revolutionary Hefin Morris, who is fast becoming the enfant terrible of the contemporary art world. When Blake too dies in mysterious circumstances, Jessica is drawn into a quest that not only leads her into mortal danger but also threatens to destroy her entire moral code as a therapist. Black Valley tells the story of how Jessica and Pandora, as therapist and client, slip between their different roles, becoming caught in a net from which neither can escape - except through treachery and betrayal.
The population of Wales is the product of successive waves of immigration. During the industrial revolution many diverse groups were attracted into Wales by the economic opportunities it offered - notably Irish people, black and minority ethnic sailors from many parts of the world, and people from continental Europe. More recently, there has been immigration from the New Commonwealth as well as refugees from wars and oppression in several parts of the world. This volume engages with this experience by offering perspectives from historians, sociologists, cultural analysts and social policy experts. It provides analyses of the changing patterns of immigration and their reception including hostile and violent acts. It also considers the way in which Welsh attitudes to minorities have been shaped in the past through the activity of missionaries in the British Empire, and how these have permeated literary perceptions of Wales. In the contemporary world, this diverse population has implications for social policy which are explored in a number of contexts, including in rural Wales. The achievements of minorities in sport and in building a multi-racial community in Butetown, for instance, which is now writing its own history, are recognised. The first edition of this book was widely welcomed as the essential work on the topic; over a decade later much has changed and the volume responds with several new chapters and extensive revisions that engage the impact of devolution on policy in Wales.
This book is an interesting mix of established and new thinking on the development of race-related law, policy and practice in Britain ... It makes a particularly compelling argument for greater attention to the interaction between service providers and service users ... The authors offer important theoretical insights and valuable research evidence to social workers and related professionals British Journal of Social Work Government Ministers and advisers tell us that the 'race' agenda is finished. Williams and Johnson, in this closely argued, wide-ranging and excellent book, remind us how far that statement is from the truth... This book must be read by all concerned with advancing racial equality. Gary Craig, Professor of Community Development and Social Justice, University of Durham, UK Williams and Johnson have presented a brilliant and comprehensive critique of the welfare state's failure to respond to cultural diversity and make full use of its creative potential. Their analysis is equipped with considerable theoretical acumen and command of empirical data, and it goes on to lay the foundation of an egalitarian and multi-culturally orientated welfare society. This new text is a most welcome contribution to this complex area, and provides a suitable 10-year follow-up to the Runnymede Trust Commission on multicultural Britain, which I had the honour to Chair. Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh I very much welcome this excellently timed book which drops right into the current debates. The double whammy of financial hardship and cuts to public services and benefits, threaten a brutal impact on poor and Black and Minority Ethnic communities. Race Equality campaigners and activists are increasingly concerned to highlight the importance of an approach to welfare that is caring, fair and where the recognition of 'race' is integral. To provide equality, differentials of race, gender and class in particular must be considered. Those considerations are central to this book and it should be used as the underpinning narrative and rationale for making the case for 'race' sensitive welfare. Karen Chouhan, Director, Equanomics UK The arguments in this book are compelling and provide a powerful case for race equality in the light of the Coalition government plans in reducing the size of the public sector and the welfare state in a clear ideological and fiduciary battle with public expenditure. Patrick Vernon, Chief Executive of The Afiya TrustContemporary multiculturalism poses a number of challenges for the design and delivery of welfare services in Britain. This thought-provoking book explores the needs and well-being of ethnic minorities within the context of the changing framework for delivering welfare services. The book: Considers major transformations in the delivery and practices of welfare related services and their implications for the engagement, access and participation of ethnic minoritiesReflects on issues of race and ethnicity within a variety of welfare policy arenasSuggests ways that welfare practices could be transformed to incorporate the notion of a welfare society Race and Ethnicity in a Welfare Society will appeal to students of social work, social policy and sociology and to practitioners with an interest in welfare policy and practice.
Denis Williams, painter, teacher, novelist, archaeologist, and cultural administrator, is one of the founding fathers of modern Guyana. His involvement in several of the country's key cultural institutions and his pioneering work on Guyana's founding peoples ensures him a special place in the country's history books. Williams also contributed to the outpouring of literature that accompanied the awakening consciousness of Caribbean nations and their drive for independence. His literary work is seminal in depicting the character of the Caribbean person and landscape, and the nature of ancestral (African and Afro-Caribbean) identities. His studies of African art and culture encouraged the young nation of Guyana to turn away from Western epistemologies and to pay serious intellectual attention to other origins. His research into the archaeology and culture of the Amerindian population of Guyana and beyond laid the pathway for further scholarship. The essays assembled here bring together eminent scholars and commentators to offer authoritative analyses of the various aspects of Williams's work - artistic, academic, and literary - and capture the rationale for, the interconnections between, and the evident trajectory of Williams's life work as the epitome of the changing nature of the Caribbean condition. As well as wide-ranging biographical essays, and studies of Williams's activities as a painter, the collection contains a comprehensive primary and secondary bibliography, a generous selection of colour plates, and individual essays devoted to the published novels (Other Leopards; The Third Temptation) and other published and unpublished fiction, and to Williams's archaeological masterpiece, Prehistoric Guiana. Contributors: Ulli Beier, Vibert Cambridge, David Dabydeen, Charles Gore, Stanley Greaves, Wilson Harris, Louis James, Andrew Jefferson-Miles, Nicholas Laughlin, Andrew Lindsay, John Picton, Leon Wainwright, Anne Walmsley, Charlotte Williams, Evelyn A. Williams, Jennifer Wishart.