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Cordells Autobiography

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Alexander Cordell: Valiant for Truth by Alexander Buckingham and Richard Frame - both of whom were close friends of Alexander Cordell.

This book, includes extracts and anecdotes from his war diary, this biography traces his life and career and especially his relationship with his first wife, Rosina, and Donnie, the widow of his next door neighbour. Buy this book at GWales.com

About Cordell

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Alexander Cordell, (1914 - 1997) was the author of Rape of the Fair Country, the best-selling novel which made the iron town of Blaenavon famous across the world. Cordell particularly loved this part of Wales where he lived for many years. He brought to life the rich industrial heritage of the Rhondda Valleys, Merthyr Tydfil, and the Vale of Neath, as well as the town of Blaenavon, which is now a World Heritage Site.

Cordell took his inspiration from the people and the places of South Wales. Cordell Country will help you discover the locations and landscapes which touched him, so that you too can hear his characters, the 'voices of those lost people calling on the wind'.

Born George Alexander Graber in 1914 in Ceylon, Alexander followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Royal Engineers. In 1937 he married Rosina Wells. He was wounded during World War II and was sent to Harlech in North Wales to convalesce. On leaving the Army he began work as a quantity surveyor. It was at this time that he started writing. 'Every time Rosina needed a new coat I would sit down and write a short story', he is quoted as saying. In 1949 his daughter Georgina was born in Shrewsbury and in May 1950 his first story, 'The Gentle Wife', appeared in My Weekly.

In 1950 the family moved to The Lodge at Llanellen, near Abergavenny. His brother Frank, who was a sub editor on the Financial Times, undoubtedly offered advice as Alexander started work on his first novel, A Thought of Honour. The book was accepted in 1954 and Alexander was paid £75. Rape of the Fair Country, his best-known work was published in 1959.

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Alexander Cordells books are still best sellers across the world - a visit to new and vintage book shops will ensure that you find many examples and versions of his books.

If your inspired to read one of his books now - then you can order them all from www.GWales.com

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