Lloyd's parents died when he was nine and he was then raised by relatives.
As an adult he worked for several South Wales newspapers, but the success of three novels he wrote during this time (Scarlet Nest, A Master of Dreams and Love and the Agitator) enabled him to give up his job and devote himself to writing, studying law and politics.
He was called to the Bar in 1926, served as a Labour MP from 1929 to 1931 and was Ogwr district coroner from 1933 to 1939.
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