The Dragon Entertains
is a reference book with a difference - a highly readable, informative account of the
lives of 100 Welsh Stars, the first of its genre. Within its pages the reader will find
one hundred concise mini-biographies, word pictures detailing all the relevant, basic
facts of the entertainer's career.
For a small country on the western fringe of Europe, a nation of only three million
people, Wales' contribution to the world of entertainment is immense. Actors and
actresses, playwrights and directors, singers and musicians, composers and comedians -
Wales has produced them all. And what other nation of comparable size can boast four Oscar
The first Welsh film star, the Welsh influence on the James Bond movies, Monty Python,
Doctor Who, The Goon Show, the Beatles films and the original 'Angry Young Man' can all be
found in the pages of this new book by Alan Roderick of Newport.
Stars of Broadway and the West End stage, the Silver Screen, television, radio, the
worlds of opera and contemporary rock music - The Dragon Entertains has them all.
Welsh-speaking and non-Welsh-speaking, North Wales and South Wales - Welsh showbiz life in
all its many facets can be found here.
The Dragon Entertains also features stars
with Welsh connections and at least one Welsh-born parent including Bob Hope, Glenn Ford,
Petula Clark and Alan Rickman.
Containing forty black and white photographs, The
Dragon Entertains is one hundred biographies for the price of one, and a celebration
of Welsh talent in all its vibrant variety. Stars of the calibre of Richard Burton,
Anthony Hopkins, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jonathan Pryce, Tommy
Cooper and many, many more throng its pages. Prepare to be entertained!
Popular Singers - Charlotte Church, Ivor Emmanuel, Mary Hopkin, Harry Secombe, Allan
Jones, Peter Karrie, Dorothy Squires, Donald Peers.
New Actors - Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Ifans, Christian Bale, Timothy Dalton, Matthew Rhys,
Actors - Rupert Davies (Maigret), Windsor Davies, Hugh Griffith, Donald and Glyn
Houston, Ronald Lewis, Phillip Madoc, Desmond Llywelyn, Ray Milland, Sir Stanley Baker,
Hywel Bennet, Emlyn Williams
Presenters - Carol Vorderman, Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, Sir Huw Weldon, Delia Smith.
Rock Bands - Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, The Alarm, Badfinger, Super Furry
Composers - Ivor Novello, John Cale, Karl Jenkins, Joseph Parry.
Entertainers - Max Boyce, Sir Lewis Casson, Rolf Harris, Tessie O'Shea, David Jason.
Actresses - Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Maudie Edwards, Sian Phillips, Glynis Johns, Sarah
Comedians - Ryan Davies and Ronnie Williams, Paul Whitehouse, Griff Rhys-Jones, Terry
Classical Singers - Clifford Evans, Bryn Terfel, Dennis O'Neill, Gwyneth Jones.
Film-Makers - Peter Greenaway, Richard Marquand, Kenneth Griffith.
Writers - Dylan Thomas, John Ormond, Saunders Lewis, Arthur Machen, John Osborne.