This Bygone is a major work
by an accomplished novelist. It is a Rhondda novel by one who really does know
his subject. Ron Berry's viewpoint reeks with authenticity. Nothing is false,
nothing rings phoney, nothing is book-derived.
It is the story of Dewi Joshua as he progresses from
collier's boy to collier and eventually to small mine-owner, just as
nationalisation and the winter snows arrive together in 1947.
'What raises Berry's novel above the run of many is its stylistic excellence,
the surface brilliance and crackle of its texture.'
Robert Nisbet, Cambrensis