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The Gododdin: Lament for the Fallen, by Gillian Clarke

The timeless and compelling 'word-music' of one of Britain's oldest cultural treasures is captured in this new bilingual edition.  The Gododdin charts the rise and fall of 363 warriors in the battle of Catraeth, around the year AD 600. The men of the Brittonic kingdom of Gododdin rose to unite the Welsh and the Picts against the Angles, only to meet a devastating fate.

Composed by the poet Aneirin, the poem was originally orally transmitted as a sung elegy, passed down for seven centuries before being written down in early Welsh by two medieval scribes. It is composed of one hundred laments to the named characters who fell, and follows a sophisticated alliterative poetics. Former National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke animates this historical epic with a modern musicality, making it live in the language of today and underscoring that, in a world still beset by the misery of war, Aneirin's lamentation is not done.

 

The Gododdin: Lament for the Fallen

Gillian Clarke

14,99 € 13,94 €

May's Pick: National Poet of Wales, 2008 - 2016 Gillian Clarke animates this historical epic with a modern musicality, making it live in the language of today and underscoring that, in a world still beset with the miseries of war, Aneirin's lamentation is not done. (Faber, 2021). 'Here retold with startling freshness, is the earliest materpiece of British literature.' Matthew Francis.

The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

Michael Lewis

25,00 € 23,25 €

April's pick: Hugely readable. In characteristic style, Michael Lewis gets to the heart of the USA pandemic journey by bringing us the in depth experiences of remarkable people at the front line and their determination to influence a better outcome. Geoff whipped through it, thoroughly engrossed, now thoroughly informed. Of course, we're all asking what will the journey's end eventually look and feel like.

We Are Bellingcat: An Intelligence Agency for the People

Eliot Higgins

20,00 €

March's pick: Bellingcat, the home-grown investigative unit, is redefining the way we think about news, politics and the digital future. Here, their founder tells the story of how a whole new category of information-gathering was created galvanising citizen journalists across the globe to expose war crimes and pick apart disinformation, using just their computers. founder tells the story of how a whole new category of information-gathering was created galvanising citizen journalists across the globe to expose war crimes and pick apart disinformation, using just their computers.

The Truth About Modern Slavery

Emily Kenway

14,99 € 13,94 €

February's pick: In 2019, over 10,000 possible victims of slavery were found in the UK. From men working in Sports Direct warehouses for no pay, to teenaged Vietnamese girls trafficked into small town nail bars, we're told that modern slavery is all around us, operating in plain sight. But is this really slavery, and is it even a new phenomenon? Why has the British Conservative Party called it 'one of the great human rights issues of our time', when they usually ignore the exploitation of those at the bottom of the economic pile?