The Rebecca Rioter


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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.

Additional information

Weight .214 kg
Dimensions 18.5 × 12.2 × 1.16 cm