This book, which has been published to mark the 25th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike, tells one of the little-known stories of the year long struggle.
Just 30 miners out of the 2,500 working at the Leicestershire coalfield joined the strike. They became known as the “Dirty Thirty” as they travelled the world raising solidarity for the strike.
Local historian David Bell interviewed many of the members of the Dirty Thirty and the women’s support group about their experiences.
This allows them to speak for themselves about their inspiring struggle. It is the major strength of this book.
The Dirty Thirty: Heroes of the Miners’ Strike
by David Bell
£7.99 Five Leaves Press » www.fiveleaves.co.uk