Tony Hall might be the last person one would have chosen to have written this book but I have never read a better, more succinct or perspicacious history of any subject. In am the son, grandson and great grandson of miners and I cannot express what it is like better than this son of a bank manager.
The truly fascinating thing about the book is the timing, written between the Thatcher climbdown of 1981 and her destruction of mining in 1984. It virtually proves that everything Scargill claimed was true and that Thatcher cared not for the UK or the people of the UK.
This is an amazingly prophetic condemnation of how things work in the UK by one of the establishment who just happens to have a mind of his own, and a damned good one at that.