"NO TIME TO DREAM is in many ways reminiscent of HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY.
The background of both books largely centred on the mining valley of the Rhondda
in Wales during the depression of the early twentieth century. The author Rita Molyneux
herself lived in this mining valley and witnessed at fi rst hand the harshness of daily life
during that period and vividly recounts them in her book. Indeed her own father suffered
a broken back in a colliery accident. The Rhondda, as Gwyn Thomas once described it,
poured out enough coal to have coked the world at one stroke. The valley was majestically
ransacked and the coal owners became very rich men. Cruelly, little of this money stuck to
the fi ngers of the people who mined the coal. Yet these people laughed, sang, worshipped
and propagated at record levels and were far more precious than the coal they hauled out
of the ground.
In NO TIME TO DREAM the author richly evokes those times in technicolour and brings
to life those characters who fi ll the pages. The story also tells of emigration of some of
these characters to Australia, where they faced with bravery the vicissitudes of the new
environment. In real life Rita and her husband Arthur paralleled the story of this novel,
emigrating to Australia in 1964, initially to Canberra and then to Sydney. It was this experience
that allowed Rita to complete the second half of her book.
NO TIME TO DREAM is a rich evocation of the human spirit and a unique description of
love, kindliness and courage surrounded and deepened by the dangers of the times.
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Published October 17, 2011
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