Wednesday, January 30, 2008
River out of Eden
An excellent book for anyone who is interested in the history of Cardiff is River out of Eden by Jack Jones. Its out of print now but Abebooks is a wonderful site for finding out of print and old books. Over the years I have had at least 3 copies of this book and lent them out only never to get them back. I have managed to find another copy, so I wont go down that road again.
River out of Eden is probably one of the best books ever written about Cardiff during the 19th century. More fact than fiction it tells the story of the Regan family, Dan an Irish navvy working on Cardiff 's first dock, his wife Letty and their headstrong son "Taffy" Regan.
Dan's burning ambitions and his rise to power set amidst the background of Cardiff and it's surrounding areas presents to the reader a wealth of information and an enjoyable journey back into the past. as been described as one of the best books that describes the rise of Cardiff as a City. The characters are fictional, but the facts are real. A great story and an interesting way to learn the history of Cardiff.