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Jack Jones (1884-1970) was a Welsh novelist and playwright who began writing in the 1930s.

Jack Jones was born in 1884 at Tai-Harri-Blawdd in Merthyr Tydfil, the son of a coal-miner. He joined his father to work in the mine aged 12. At the age of 17 he joined the army and was posted to South Africa with his regiment the Militia Battalion of the Welch. However he was very unhappy there and ended up deserting. Once recaptured, he was transferred to India. When he eventually returned to Wales he went back to working in the coal-mines. He married Laura Grimes Evans in 1908.In 1914 Jack Jones was summoned back to his regiment and sent to the front-lines in France and later on Belgium. After suffering shrapnel wounds he was invalided home and appointed as recruiting officer for Merthyr Tydfil.

After World War One Jack Jones became a member of the Communist Party and he attended a convention in Manchester with the purpose of establishing a British Communist Party on behalf of his local lodge. At this meeting he was chosen to be Corresponding Secretary for the South Wales Region. Jack Jones later founded a branch of the Communist Party at Merthyr Tydfil. In 1923 he was appointed as the full-time secretary-representative of the miners at Blaengarw, a position he held until his resignation in 1927.

During his 20s Jack Jones began to educate himself and develop his love of the theatre and writing, often taking part in local dramatic productions. In 1926 he successfully entered a short play he had written entitled Dad's Double into a competition in Manchester.After clashes with the Communist Party Jack Jones left the party and joined the Labour Party in 1923. In 1927 he produced his first article for the press entitled The Need for a Lib-Lab Coalition . He was later asked by Lloyd George to join the Liberal's speaking staff and by 1929 he was a member of the Liberal Party being adopted as the Liberal candidate for the Neath parliamentary division. However this constituency was lost to Labour. During the 1930s he made another political change and was a speaker for Mosley's New Party.

He began writing seriously during a period of unemployment. His first novel, 'Saran', was never published, but a reduced version of it appeared as Black Parade (1935). By 1939, he had written the novels Rhondda Roundabout (1934), and Bidden to the Feast (1938), a play, Land of my Fathers (1937), and his first autobiography, Unfinished Journey (1937). The London stage version of Rhondda Roundabout was acclaimed. He wrote the dialogue for the film 'Proud Valley', in which he also had a minor acting role. During the Second World War he was a speaker for the Ministry of Information and the National Savings Movement. He wrote The Man David (1944), a life of David Lloyd George. In the 1945 election he supported Sir James Grigg of the Conservative Party. After the war he wrote two volumes of autobiography, Me and Mine (1946) and Give Me Back My Heart (1950), three novels, Off to Philadelphia in the Morning (1947), Some Trust in Chariots (1948), and River out of Eden , and a play Transatlantic Episode (1947).

His later works, Lily of the Valley and Lucky Year (1952), Time and the Business (1953), Choral Symphony (1955) and Come, Night; End, Day (1956) were less well received. In 1954, he married his second wife, Gladys Morgan. He was elected first President of the English section of Yr Academi Gymreig. Until his death in May 1970 he continued writing; these works remained unpublished, including a biographical novel, 'A Burnt Offering', based on the life of Dr William Price (1800-1893), Llantrisant, pioneer of cremation.

He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the community and to literature. In February 1970 he won an award from the Welsh Arts Council for `his distinguished contribution to the literature of Wales'. Jack Jones died on the 7th of May 1970.

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Total Books: 54
Chizi's Tale
2016 - Chizi's Tale (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781943154005
ISBN-10: 1943154007
Genre: Children's Books
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Measuring and Managing Information Risk A FAIR Approach
CHIZI'S TALE The True Story Of An Orphaned Black Rhino
2014 - Chizi's Tale the True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino [H] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780692220429
ISBN-10: 0692220429
Genre: Children's Books
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Black Parade
2010 - Black Parade [Library of Wales] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781906998141
ISBN-10: 1906998140
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Nude Secrets
2008 - Nude Secrets (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781440438226
ISBN-10: 1440438226
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Design and Appraisal of Hydraulic Fractures
2008 - Design and Appraisal of Hydraulic Fractures (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781555631437
ISBN-10: 1555631436
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Hamhocks Turnip Greens  Blackeyed Peas A Novel
Three Across the Northern Plains The Fletcher Revenge
2002 - Three Across the Northern Plains the Fletcher Revenge (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780595256044
ISBN-10: 059525604X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
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Three Across Montana The Fighting Fletchers
2002 - Three Across Montana the Fighting Fletchers (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780595239986
ISBN-10: 0595239986
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
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Iron Spur
2002 - Iron Spur (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780595224739
ISBN-10: 0595224733
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Three Across Wyoming
2002 - Three Across Wyoming (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780595223725
ISBN-10: 0595223729
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Wagons in the Wind
2000 - Wagons in the Wind (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780595007813
ISBN-10: 0595007813
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Let Me Take You Down Inside the Mind of Mark David Chapmanthe Man Who Killed John Lennon
Let Me Take You Down
1995 - Let Me Take You Down (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780517137468
ISBN-10: 0517137461
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Come Sit a Spell
1995 - Come Sit a Spell (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781888136074
ISBN-10: 1888136073
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Let Me Take You Down Inside the Mind of Mark David Chapman the Man Who Killed John Lennon
1994 - Let Me Take You Down Inside the Mind of Mark David Chapman the Man Who Killed John Lennon (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780446600439
ISBN-10: 0446600431
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Let me take you down inside the mind of Mark Chapman the man who killed John Lennon
Let Me Take You Down  Inside the Mind of Mark David Chapman the Man Who Killed John Lennon
1992 - Let Me Take You Down Inside the Mind of Mark David Chapman the Man Who Killed John Lennon (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780679411444
ISBN-10: 0679411445
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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The Isle of Wight A Portrait in Colour
1991 - The Isle of Wight a Portrait in Colour (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780946159895
ISBN-10: 0946159890
Genre: Travel
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A to Z of Trade Unionism and Industrial Relations
1986 - A to Z of Trade Unionism and Industrial Relations [Sphere reference] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780722151754
ISBN-10: 0722151756
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Union Man Autobiography
1986 - Union Man Autobiography (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780002171724
ISBN-10: 0002171724
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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1955 - Journey Into Death [Gold Medal 517] (Paperback)
Give Me Back My Heart [New Portway Reprints] (Hardcover)
Me and Mine [NEW PORTWAY REPRINTS] (Hardcover)
Unfinished Journey [New Portway Reprints] (Hardcover)
Choral Symphony [Portway Reprints] (Hardcover)
Come Night End Day [Portway Reprints] (Hardcover)
Lily of the Valley [Portway Reprints] (Hardcover)
Man David [Portway Reprints] (Hardcover)
Rhondda Roundabout [Portway Reprints] (Hardcover)
Some Trust in Chariots [Portway Reprints] (Hardcover)
Time and the Business [Portway Reprints] (Hardcover)
A World to Win [Foundation Oration] (Hardcover)