THE THREE LIVES OF DYLAN THOMAS

HILLY JANES
320pp ILLUS 2014 LIST PRICE: £18.99 B827

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Dylan Thomas lived a life that was rarely without incident and died a death the apparent epitome of Bohemian dissoluteness. Janes explores that life through the eyes of her father, the artist Alfred Janes, who was Thomas's great friend and painted the poet at three key moments, in 1934, 1953 and, posthumously, 1965. Using the portraits as focal points, she plots the poet's journey from his birthplace in Swansea to his death in New York. Drawing on a personal archive that includes drawings, diaries, letters and new interviews with Thomas's friends and descendants, Janes creates a portrait that goes beneath the reputation of the feckless, disloyal, boozy Welsh bard to reveal a very different, complex character.