Pennar Davies played a notable part in the literary, cultural and religious life of Wales in the second half of the twentieth century. An exceptionally talented scholar and author, whose interests spanned the disciplines of the novelist, poet, critic, historian and theologian, he also possessed a powerful and enigmatic character which influenced many who came into contact with him. This is an important book not just because of its sharp portrait of a key cultural figure, but because of its portrayal of a way of life. Its focus on Nonconformity, patriotic politics and social commitment - which although still very much alive to older generations is rapidly becoming incomprehensible to the younger generation.
Dafydd Densil Morgan is a senior lecturer in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at University of Wales, Bangor. His books include The Span of the Cross: Christian Religion and Society in Wales 1914-2000, Cedyrn Canrif, Barth and Christmas Evans a'r Ymneilltuaeth Gymraeg.