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Davies Family / Margaret Llewelyn Davies - Arthur's Sister
« on: May 26, 2020, 08:24:32 PM »
Can I draw people's attention to a wonderful new biography of Margaret Llewelyn Davies, Arthur's sister, who was a remarkable woman whose story deserves to be better known.  She is slightly inaccurately billed on the website as 'co-founder of the Women's Co-operative Movement'.  She was not in fact a founder, but was for 30 years General Secretary of the Women's Cooperative Guild, and an extremely significant campaigner across a range of areas - fighting to gain a political voice for working-class women in particular.  The new book is a fascinating read - it does touch on her closeness to Arthur and differences with Sylvia, her important role in relation to her nephews, and I think helps explain the complex mixture of family loyalties around the boys during and after the deaths of their parents, but much more than that it is filling a really significant gap in the picture we have of the world they were brought up in, by giving proper weight to the achievements of another highly impressive member of the family, whom they knew well.  Published by Merlin, the book is called Margaret Llewelyn Davies - With Women for a New World, by Ruth Cohen. 
Davies Family / Peter and Alice
« on: March 05, 2013, 07:50:30 AM »
Does anyone know anything about the new play by John Logan with Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw opening soon in London? 
General topic / Re: Play about Peter Davies
« on: November 08, 2012, 09:16:47 AM »
Hi again Stacy

I am coming to London to watch tonight's performance with my mother and sister.  I look forward to it very much, and hope to get a chance to chat with you afterwards.

Davies Family / Re: Royalties for the estate of Margaret Llewelyn Davies
« on: October 31, 2012, 05:19:18 PM »
Margaret Llewelyn Davies definitely left a will, and my mother has a copy of it, which she got from Ruth Cohen, a historian who is currently writing a biography of MLD.  My grandmother, as I understand it, was Margaret's executor.  I suggest that you contact my mother,  Jane Wynne-Willson, at, to get further with your quest.
General topic / Re: Play about Peter Davies
« on: October 28, 2012, 09:04:43 PM »
I just heard about your play, Stacy, from my sister in London, and hope very much to get to see it at some point.  What has been your main source for it? I wonder if you have had contact with any of the family in researching for it?  My grandmother, Theodora Llewelyn Davies was a first cousin of Peter's, and I have always been very interested in all of the stories around him, since reading tearfully through our copy of 'The Morgue' as a child...

Peter Wynne-Willson
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