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With Dust Still in His Throat

The Writing of B. L. Coombes, the Voice of a Working Miner

This book gathers the best writing of B. L. Coombes, a Welsh miner who took up his pen and became the voice of his fellow workers in the 1930s and ’40s. Praised by prominent figures such as J. B. Priestley and Cyril Connolly, Coombes gave voice to men who had previously been silent, and this volume, with its mix of fiction, nonfiction, and autobiography, offers contemporary readers a way in to the experience of Welsh miners—the hard labor, danger, and community that were central to their experience of life and work.

216 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015

History: British and Irish History


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Table of Contents

Introduction
 
Home on the Hill: An Autobiography (extracts)
Introduction
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Eight
 
Short Stories
Introduction
His Message
The Inheritance
Fate
The Watch
 
Castell Vale
Introduction
Chapter One
Chatper Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
 
The War Diary of a Welsh Miner
Introduction
The War Diary of a Welsh Miner
 
Further Reading
 

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