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Look Back in Anger by Harry Paterson

Look Back in Anger by Harry Paterson

Look Back in Anger: The Miners' Strike in Nottinghamshire 30 Years on by Harry Paterson

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The scars left by the 1984/85 Great Strike for Jobs are still raw in Nottinghamshire, thirty years later. There, the majority of the National Union of Mineworkers did not support their union, working throughout the strike, later forming the Union of Democratic Miners. Look Back in Anger puts these events into context, giving a history of the Nottinghamshire coalfields through the twentieth century and the first comprehensive review of the strike year in the county and its aftermath. There is information that has never before appeared in print, alongside memorabilia and personal letters from the period, and material based on interviews with striking miners and working miners, Coal Board officials, women active in opposing the pit closures, Council officials and others. Paul Mason contributes an Afterword

 

...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


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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