Planet 234

Jamie Harris reviews
I, Eric Ngalle
by Eric Ngalle and John Jenkins: The Reluctant Revolutionary? by Wyn Thomas

by Eric Ngalle

Parthian, £9.99

These two books – one memoir, the other biography – shed light on global and national concerns. In I, Eric Ngalle, the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean provides a contemporary lens through which to view Ngalle’s journey to Wales at the turn of the last century. Wyn Thomas’s John Jenkins: The Reluctant Revolutionary? is the study of a mid-twentieth-century Welsh nationalist campaigner radicalised, variously, by the creation of the Tryweryn reservoir and a Cypriot revolutionary group (EOKA). Both narratives draw upon Wales’s (and Britain’s) relationship with colonisation and Empire, and the way in which its subjects experience colonialism in markedly different ways.

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