Monday, March 16, 2009

The Dirty Thirty: Heroes of the Miner's Strike

During the Miner's Strike of 1984-85 only 30 miners out of 2,000 from the Leicestershire coalfield went on strike against the programme of pit closures. They became known as the "Dirty Thirty" and travelled the world arguing their case, and raising money to enable the strike to continue. Five Leaves press is publishing a new book about these 30 courageous men and the women's support group that backed them in their struggle. Written by David Bell and based on interviews with most of the surviving miner's and the support, The Dirty Thirty is illustrated with photographs and ephemera from the strike.