This is a collection of witty, sharply observed short stories written at a time of great social change, when the fundamental rights of women were being questioned. Bertha Thomas deftly sketches her characters with a keen eye for satirical detail. Her stories are by turns Gothic, romantic, funny and fantastic but always engagingly written.
First published in 1912 as Picture Tales from the Welsh Hills.
Bertha Thomas (1845-1918) was a popular writer in her lifetime, publishing on both sides of the Atlantic. Most of the stories in this collection first appeared at the beginning of the twentieth century but this volume also includes some earlier fiction and an important pro-suffrage article from 1874. They are republished as part of the Honno Classics series, which brings writing in English by women authors from Wales, long since out of print, to a new generation of readers.
Stranger Within The Gates has an introduction by Dr Kirsti Bohata of CREW (the Centre for Research into the Literature and Language of Wales) at Swansea University.
"What is especially interesting about this collection, however, is Thomas's ability to articulate not just women's experiences, but
that of any character, irrespective of clas or gender, who is some way out of place." New Welsh Review