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
First edition
Author Gwyn Thomas
Cover artist 'Nichols'
Language English
Genre Historical novel
Publisher Michael Joseph
Publication date
Media type Print (book)
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 a 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