The scars left by the 1984/85 “Great Strike for Jobs” are still raw in Nottinghamshire, decades later. There, the majority of the National Union of Mineworkers did not support their union, working throughout the strike, later forming the breakaway Union of Democratic Miners. Look Back in Anger puts these events into context, giving a history of the coalfields through the twentieth century and the first comprehensive overview of the strike year in Nottinghamshire.
Harry Paterson has interviewed striking and working miners, Coal Board officials, women active in opposing the pit closures, Council officials and others. The book includes information that has never before appeared in print, alongside memorabilia and personal letters from the period.
Reprinted in the wake of the Sherwood drama series, on which Harry Paterson was consulted. A fully revised edition will come out in 2024 for the fortieth anniversary of the strike.
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