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Lewis Jones, writer, and political activist of the left, (1897 - January 27, 1939) was born in Clydach Vale in industrialized South Wales.

Although his novels are more studied by academics now than by general readers, Jones occupies an honourable place in the history of left-wing politics in Britain, and in the ranks of socialist writers. Like many young activists of his generation he attended the Central Labour College in London from 1923-25, where he joined the Communist Party of Great Britain. During the 1926 General Strike he was imprisoned for three months in Swansea Prison for his trade union activities in the Nottinghamshire coalfield.

Once back at the pits, he became Chairman and then checkweighman of the Cambrian Lodge of the South Wales Miners Federation. Although often seen as a lesser post to that of Lodge Chairman, in a time of industrial unrest the checkweighman was a vital part of the miners' protection against employers using piece work rules to drive down wages, and it was a role in which Jones was likely to routinely come into conflict with management.

In 1929, he resigned, refusing to work with 'scab' (non-unionised) labour. He remained officially unemployed for the rest of his life, although, he was likely to be permanently busy on political business. He was extremely popular amongst the rank-and-file Party members, but his association with Hornerism (communists working within established trades unions), his turbulent private life and his distrust of the cult of personality (he was sent home from the Soviet Union for ignoring a standing ovation to Stalin) meant that he was repeatedly suspended and disciplined by the Party. As the Welsh organiser for the National Unemployed Workers Movement, widely regarded as a Communist front, he led the 1932, 1934 and 1936 hunger marches to London. Also in 1936, he was elected as one of the two Communist members on to the Glamorgan County Council. In South Wales at this time his attachment to the Communist Party would not have harmed his reputation as a political activist and leader.

Lewis Jones died on 27 January 1939 at the end of a day in which he addressed over 30 meetings in support of the republican side of the Spanish Civil War.

His books remain a fascinating description of life in a Welsh mining community of their time; there is an awareness of the crisis of masculinity that mass unemployment brought home to those communities, and the description of workers in struggle with their employers is unflinching in its acknowledgement of defeat as well as victory.

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Total Books: 48
King of Rugger
2008 - King of Rugger [Rugby League Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780956007513
ISBN-10: 0956007511

Cwmardy and We Live
2006 - Cwmardy and We Live [Library of Wales] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781902638836
ISBN-10: 1902638832
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Reference

Great Britain
1993 - Great Britain [Focus on Series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780237601829
ISBN-10: 0237601826
Genre: Children's Books

Complete Robot Stories
1992 - Complete Robot Stories [Nelson Readers] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780175565702
ISBN-10: 0175565708
Genres: Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cwmardy the Story of a Welsh Mining Vall
1991 - Cwmardy the Story of a Welsh Mining Vall (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780853154686
ISBN-10: 0853154686

Japanese Red and Other Stories
1982 - Japanese Red and Other Stories [Books in Easy English] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582527034
ISBN-10: 0582527031

Graded English Puzzles Bk 5
1981 - Graded English Puzzles Bk 5 [English Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780003703047
ISBN-10: 0003703045
Genres: Reference, Nonfiction

1981 - Graded English Puzzles Bk 6 [English Library] (Paperback)
1980 - Water [Structural Readers] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582536845
ISBN-10: 0582536847

Last Experiment
1980 - Last Experiment [Structural Rdrs.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582538245
ISBN-10: 0582538246

1980 - The Tiger with the Bright Blue Eyes and Other Stories [A Stage 2 Newbury House reader] (Other)
It's a Trick
1979 - It's a Trick [Collins English Library Level 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780003701166
ISBN-10: 0003701166
Genres: Reference, Nonfiction

We Live
1978 - We Live (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780853154693
ISBN-10: 0853154694
Genre: Literature & Fiction

SOS in Space
1976 - Sos in Space [Structural Rdrs.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582538108
ISBN-10: 0582538106

The Seventh Key
1974 - The Seventh Key [Structural Readers] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582538306
ISBN-10: 0582538300

Mystery on the Moor
1973 - Mystery on the Moor [Structural Rdrs.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582538276
ISBN-10: 0582538270

Graded English Puzzles Bk 3
Graded English Puzzles Bk 3 [English Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780003703023
ISBN-10: 0003703029
Genres: Reference, Nonfiction

A Healing Journey an Extraordin
A Healing Journey an Extraordin (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140268393
ISBN-10: 0140268391

Japanese Red [Structural Readers] (Paperback)
Submarine Disaster [Books in Easy English, Stage 3] (Paperback)
Stories of Today
Stories of Today [Books for Easy English, Stage 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582531505
ISBN-10: 0582531500

Stories for Everyone [Books for Easy English, Stage 1] (Paperback)
Looking at Life
Looking at Life [Books in Easy English, Stage 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582531550
ISBN-10: 0582531551

Behind the Headlines
Behind the Headlines [Books in Easy English Stage 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582531864
ISBN-10: 0582531861

Is Anybody There [Books in Easy English, Stage 2] (Paperback)
Computers An Introduction to Microprocessors
Computers an Introduction to Microprocessors [Structural Readers] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582533349
ISBN-10: 0582533341

Stunt (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582536807
ISBN-10: 0582536804

Race to the South Pole [Structural Readers] (Paperback)
Gandhi [Longman American Structural Readers, Stage 2] (Paperback)
Portraits of Americans [Newbury House reader : Stage 3] (Paperback)
Darkness By the River and Other Stories [A Stage 2 Newbury House reader] (Paperback)