First published in 1880, The Rebecca Rioter is a novel based the notorious Rebecca Riots in south and west Wales in the early nineteenth century. The story tells the tale of Evan Williams, a young working-class man, struggling to come to terms with the injustice and social inequalities of the world he lives in. His rebellious actions have dramatic consequences, not only for himself, but also inadvertently for the woman he loves...
Amy Dillwyn (1845-1935) was born in Swansea and was a novelist, feminist, and pioneer industrialist, taking over the family's failing Spelter Works when her father died and making it into a commercial success. She was considered to be eccentric, with unorthodox and iconoclastic views. The Rebecca Rioter is the first and the most Welsh of her novels, many of which satirise rigid gender roles.
This republication includes a critical introduction by Katie Gramich, a scholar of Welsh writing in English who teaches at the Open University in the South West.
This is the fourth in the Honno Classics series, an imprint which brings books in English by women writers from Wales, long since out of print, to a new generation of readers.
"Amy Dillwyn is an interesting writer - an early Welsh feminist who championed 'rational' clothing and took over her father's ailing business -- and bettered its fortunes -- after his death. That, and her father's own involvement in the Rebecca Riots, on the opposite side of it to the rioters, make this very interesting just from that, and it did prove to be both fun and easy to read."
"... very readable. Reveals much about those times and the class structure."
"I thoroughly enjoyed this one - well written, easy to ready and an engaging story, touching on a period and place in history I didn't know much about. It reminded me a little of R.D. Blackmore's Lorna Doone in tone, and is certainly one I'd recommend."
"Short but sweet. This book deals with a real historical event, but Amy Dillwyn has found a way to stick close to the real story while also giving her characters room to breathe. "