A murder before the Blitz

With the newspapers dominated by chaos and increasing threats from air raids, a Grangetown man became in August 1940 the last Cardiff murderer to be hanged at the city’s prison. Three other men from outside the city would be executed there afterwards. Then there would be one final hanging – a terrible miscarriage of justice, […]

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It Touched Every Street published

It Touched Every Street has been published – chronicling the lives of hundreds of World War One casualties in one area of Cardiff. The 200-page book, which includes stories and memories contributed by families, follows five years of research into the World War One casualties on Grangetown’s war memorial by Steve Duffy. It includes the […]

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Herbie Hancock’s memoirs – inventions and dimensions strike a chord

Herbie Hancock – Possibilities (with Lisa Dickey, Viking) Musicians’ memoirs have been more miss than hit for me in recent years. There have been the hugely enjoyable (Tracy Thorn), the warm and well written (Tim Burgess) but also the strange and mangled (Neil Young) and then there’s Morrissey’s. Jazz books are rarer. Straight Life by […]

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