Ron Berry

Full-Time Amateur (1966)

The narrator of this novel is young Hugh Davies who becomes a miner in the Rhondda, he makes up his mind to savour life to the full. Hugh has hardly any respect for established tradition. He takes what he wants because he wants it, but has a heart, of sorts. His first love is Tegwyn, a hospital nurse; then he turns to Anne in delicious revenge after her brother beats him up; and meets his match finally in Jasmine, singer and actress, and wife of the secretary of the local football team. He battles his way through the daily treadmill to a climax that is as surprising as it is satisfying.

The Welsh mining villages are changing so drastically in character that in ten years' time what remains of the past in terms of human character will sputter out as garbled memory. The author, who has a genius for capturing the chaotic lives of his characters, has drawn the Davies family with a creator's delight.

Published: W.H.Allen & Co. (1966)

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