This area was central to all of Williams' work and it seems likely that his novels meant more to him than his other writing. This is the first critical study of the novels: Border Country, Second Generation, The Fight for Manod, The Volunteers, Loyalties and People of the Black Mountains. In it Tony Pinkney sees the novels as the battleground of political and cultural forces, particularly modernism, realism and postmodernism. In these books, he contends, Williams found a way to dramatise the pressures which society bears upon us, and the ways in which we might alter that society. His close reading of the novels is an invaluable guide to them, and to their author.
Tony Pinkney is the editor of The Politics of Modernism, a collection of Raymond Williams' unfinished work. A lecturer in English at Lancaster University, Pinkney is the author of books on Eliot and Lawrence, and editor of the radical magazine, News from Nowhere.