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Leslie Thomas

Great Welsh Writers, Series 1 Episode 1 of 4

Leslie Thomas's life story was as extraordinary as the plot of one of his novels. Born into a seafaring family in South Wales, orphaned at twelve years old and raised in a series of Barnardo's homes, he went on to become Britain's most successful novelist. It's been said that Leslie was to the latter half of the 20th century what Dickens was to the Victorians: a comic chronicler and social commentator with a keen eye for eccentricity and the gentle madness of life. His books have enjoyed universal appeal and his writing has stood the test of time. But Leslie never took himself too seriously, which in turn endeared him to readers and critics alike. Featuring classic clips from the archives, this warm and affectionate portrait of one of Wales's best-loved authors reveals the people, places and events which inspired his work.

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30 minutes

Last on

Wed 7 May 2014 22:00
BBC Two Wales