Look Back in Anger: The Miners' Strike in Nottinghamshire 30 Years on Paperback – 1 Mar 2014
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...the miner's strike is still the subject of relentless myth-making and cartoonish propaganda. Harry Paterson's moving and readable account from the sharp end in Nottinghamshire strips away layers of distortion and misrepresentation to tell the real story of the confrontation that shaped Britain today. --Seumas Milne
Paterson's description of the state's determination to crush the NUM and the mining industry makes for a breathtaking read. He hammers home the depth of the betrayal of the Nottinghamshire strike-breakers, while paying full tribute to the striking Nottinghamshire miners and their families who stood by their beliefs, their union and their class. Highly recommended. --Morning Star
About the Author
Harry Paterson lives in Nottinghamshire, and is a freelance writer and music journalist. He was seventeen when the Great Strike started. His father-in-law stayed on strike the whole year and his mother-in-law was active in the women's support network. Other members of his family returned to work during the year. He has spent two years talking to those affected by the strike in Nottinghamshire to tell their stories.
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An excellent read.
What he does however is get the facts home about the physical and phycological harm together with gross injustices inflicted on normal run of the mill men who chose to try and protect their jobs in Nottinghamshire in 1984.
This is not a one sided book about the strike though as Harry has also talked and recorded the views of some of those who chose to throw away their skilled career and work only to find a short time down the line that the industry was doomed due to successive prime minister's hatred of trade unions