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Russell Davies - Author

About the Author

Russell Davies was born in Barmouth, North Wales, and educated at Manchester Grammar School. He was a Major Scholar at St John's College Cambridge, where he took a First class degree in Modern Languages. Having been Secretary of the Footlights Club, he became an actor before turning to journalism. His posts ranged from Caricaturist of the Times Literary Supplement to Film Critic of the Observer, where he served three years as football correspondent. He later became TV critic of the Observer and Sunday Times. Since 1979 he has been a regular broadcaster on radio and TV. He still supplies music documentaries to Radio 2, where his Song Show ran for fifteen years. He first chaired Brain of Britain in 2004. His books include biographies of the cartoonist Vicky and the graphic artist Ronald Searle, and he edited the Kenneth Williams Diaries. He is married with three sons, and has played jazz trombone and tuba since 1964.

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Sex, Sects and Society 'Pain and Pleasure': A Social History of Wales and the Welsh, 1870-1945

Sex, Sects and Society 'Pain and Pleasure': A Social History of Wales and the Welsh, 1870-1945

Author: Russell Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2018

In an extended account of national identity, this companion volume to People, Places and Passions provides the first detailed study of the sexual and spiritual life of Wales in the period 1870-1945. The author argues that whilst Wales and its people experienced a disenchantment of the spiritual world, a revolution in sexual life was taking place. This innovative study examines how advances in life expectancy and improvements in health were reflected in emotional life. In contrast to the traditional emphasis upon hardship and hardscrabble experiences, this fascinating and beautifully written volume shows that the Welsh were also a free and fun-loving people.

People, Places and Passions A Social History of Wales and the Welsh 1870-1948 Volume 1

People, Places and Passions A Social History of Wales and the Welsh 1870-1948 Volume 1

Author: Russell Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2015

The first of two volumes on the social history of Wales in the period 1870-1948, People, Places and Passions concentrates on the social events and changes which created and forged Wales into the mid-twentieth century. This volume considers a range of social changes little considered elsewhere by studies in Welsh history, accounting for the role played by the people of Wales in times of war and the age of the British Empire, and in technological change and innovation, as they travelled the developing capitalist and consumerist world in search of fame and fortune.

Secret Sins Sex, Violence and Society in Carmarthenshire 1870-1920

Secret Sins Sex, Violence and Society in Carmarthenshire 1870-1920

Author: Russell Davies, David Rusell Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2012

Sleepy rustic Carmarthenshire was secretly a hotbed of debauchery, violence and drunkenness according to Russell Davies in a new edition of his very successful book, Secret Sins. Behind the facade of idyllic rural life, there was a twilight world of mental illness, suicide, crime, vicious assaults, infanticide, cruelty and other assorted acts of depravity. This almost anecdotal historical study is often funny, sometimes disturbing, always revealing.

Hope and Heartbreak A Social History of Wales, 1776-1871

Hope and Heartbreak A Social History of Wales, 1776-1871

Author: Russell Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2005

Hope and Heartbreak is the first in a two-volume social history of modern Wales which will revise 'general' histories of Wales through an engagement with the particularity of everyday life.

Hope and Heartbreak A Social History of Wales, 1776-1871

Hope and Heartbreak A Social History of Wales, 1776-1871

Author: Russell Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2005

Hope and Heartbreak is the first in a two-volume social history of modern Wales which will revise 'general' histories of Wales through an engagement with the particularity of everyday life.

Foreign Body Secret Life of Robert Maxwell

Foreign Body Secret Life of Robert Maxwell

Author: Russell Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/1996

This is an account of the origins of Robert Maxwell's business success in the intelligence community, his links thereafter with the world's foremost intelligence agencies, and the backroom diplomacy which took him to the heart of world affairs.

The Kenneth Williams Diaries

The Kenneth Williams Diaries

Author: Russell Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/1994

`I'll put you in my diary!' comedian Kenneth Williams was known to threaten on occasion, although tantalisingly he kept the journal to himself during his lifetime. Here at last, in one spellbinding volume, are four million words of it. For more than forty years, from his sixteenth birthday until the eve of his unexpected death in 1988, the beloved actor and outrageous `Carry On' star Kenneth Williams kept a candid diary. Devastatingly honest about himself, he is equally unsparing in his verdicts on his fellow man. In his descriptions of Tony Hancock, Maggie Smith, Joe Orton and countless others, his waspish sense of humour, love of anecdote and ear for dialogue are given full rein. Malicious, hilarious and harrowing, `The Kenneth Williams Diaries' are a unique portrait of one of Britain's most popular - and most misunderstood - performers.

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