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Coal is Our Life: Analysis of a Yorkshire Mining C&hellip by Norman Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars A sociological Gem, 18 July 2013
It has been some years since I read this book, though it still holds pride of place among the many books on mining that I've read and which stock my bookshelves.

The late Norman Dennis and his colleagues provided a superb, evocative study of mining and the community life of miners in a Yorkshire mining community, in the mid-1950s.

At the time, coal was won mainly from longwall faces where the coal was undercut by machine, drilled and fired, and then hand-filled onto a belt conveyor; what used to be referred to as a conventional longwall face - the kind on which I did my face training fifty years ago.

The book really is a gem and to those miners who haven't… Read more
Strike by Name by Norman Strike
Strike by Name by Norman Strike
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Strike By Name is a welcome and unpretentious account of the experiences of an ex-NUM activist from Westoe Colliery, in South Shields, Tyne & Wear, during the 1984/85 miners' stoppage. As such it is a highly individualised account of picket encounters with police officers and delivery drivers, of fractious exchanges with lodge officials, court appearances and marriage difficulties.

It is a great pity that there are not more of the personal experiences of miners of the year-long strike placed on record so that there is a fuller picture of how mining communities and miners and their families in the North East of England dealt with the perceived threat to the coal industry and… Read more
Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens (Coun&hellip by Richard Seymour
23 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Half expecting that Unhitched might be a crude piece of character assassination, it was with some misgivings that I began reading it. Having read it, Seymour's conclusion that Hitchens "became a living and ignominious satire on himself." is no more than was to be expected from a keeper of the secular flame of Trotskyism, with its sectarianism and vengeful hatreds.

As someone said elsewhere, leaving a groupuscule of the far Left is akin to leaving the Mafia. Such defectors may expect to be slaughtered figuratively if not literally. And while the cult of Socialist Workers Party (SWP) true believers remains numerically tiny, there are tens of thousands of people in the UK who… Read more

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