Planet 234

Mike Parker
Between Worlds: A Queer Boy from the Valleys
by Jeffrey Weeks
The Journey is Home by John Sam Jones

by Jeffrey Weeks

Parthian, £20.00

A favourite phrase in Welsh is ‘Cymro gorau, Cymro oddi cartref’, ‘the best Welshman is a Welshman away from home’. I love its inherent snark, an arched eyebrow at the prospect of yet another expat’s teary, beery semi-memories. Yet the place of the exile in Welsh life is crucial, and driven often by harsh realities.

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