All Things Betray Thee

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All Things Betray Thee, by Gwyn Thomas, is a novel of early industrialism in South Wales. It was first published in 1949, and was republished in 1986, with an introduction by Raymond Williams.[1]

All Things Betray Thee
Author Gwyn Thomas
Language English
Genre Historical novel
Publisher Lawrence & Wishart
Publication date
Media type Print (book)
ISBN ISBN 0-85315-664-6
OCLC 16529102

Set in 1835, this work is significantly different from most of Gwyn Thomas's work. It is both an interesting personal story and an account of the origin of the industrialised and mostly English-speaking society of the South Wales Valleys.

Plot summary[edit]

Set in the new town of Moonlea, a fictionalised version of Merthyr Tydfil, it is told from the viewpoint of a travelling harpist, Alan Hugh Leigh, who is looking for his friend, the singer John Simon Adams. But his friend has become a populist leader among the ironworkers, who are involved in a bitter industrial conflict.

Rachel Trezise describes it as "an emblematic account of the 1831 Merthyr Rising".[2]


  1. ^ Parthian Books: All Things Betray Thee. Accessed 30 Sept 2014
  2. ^ Planet, no 206