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Andy Dufresne

1984 Miners' Strike Book Release

"Hope Now" by A L Richards, a novel based on the 1984 miners' strike is now available to buy, RRP £7.99.

Set in the South Wales Valleys, the book tells the story of a mysterious stranger's arrival in a small mining village amidst an atmosphere of uncertainty and animosity over rumoured job cuts at the local coal mine. Quickly befriended by the miners and their families he soon finds himself dragged into their battle to preserve not just their livelihoods but their community's way of life…

Published by local imprint Landfox Press, the book is available to buy at www.landfoxpress.com where there's also a list of local retailers stocking the book.

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Rocke

Re: 1984 Miners' Strike Book Release

Andy Dufresne wrote:
"Hope Now" by A L Richards, a novel based on the 1984 miners' strike is now available to buy, RRP £7.99.

Set in the South Wales Valleys, the book tells the story of a mysterious stranger's arrival in a small mining village amidst an atmosphere of uncertainty and animosity over rumoured job cuts at the local coal mine. Quickly befriended by the miners and their families he soon finds himself dragged into their battle to preserve not just their livelihoods but their community's way of life…

Published by local imprint Landfox Press, the book is available to buy at www.landfoxpress.com where there's also a list of local retailers stocking the book.

There's also a facebook page at www.facebook.com/gobaithnawr[/img]


A novel.
That'll be fiction then. Wouldn't be based on 'Local Hero' would it?

What went on down here was REAL.

I always preferred biographies (autobiographies even better) to Catherine Cookson.
martyn142

Quite a brave move to write it in verse. Hope it goes well.  Smile
Andy Dufresne

Rocke - Never heard of Local Hero sorry. Yes the book is fiction though. I appreciate what went down here was REAL, mainly because my father, uncle, and both my grandfathers were miners. There are of course some autobiographical nuances to it, there couldn't not be any - but it's definitely not Catherine Cookson!

Martyn - Thanks for the encouragement; think of the book as being like a really, really big Bob Dylan song! In terms of it being in verse, I've tried to make to make it as readable as possible; it's not like Shelley or Keats, it's a story that's being told. In terms of the structure, it's written in what's called an ABCB rhyme scheme where the last word of the second line in each verse rhymes with the last word of the fourth line. There are sample pages on the website: www.landfoxpress.com
martyn142

Yes I saw the excerpt Andy - looked very good. Good to know also it's grounded in experience. I'll sort out a copy later. Thanks for letting us know.
martyn142

ps there is a widely used Facebook group "Abertillery Past and Present" where you might want to announce it too.
Rocke

Andy Dufresne wrote:
Rocke - Never heard of Local Hero sorry. Yes the book is fiction though. I appreciate what went down here was REAL, mainly because my father, uncle, and both my grandfathers were miners. There are of course some autobiographical nuances to it, there couldn't not be any - but it's definitely not Catherine Cookson!

Martyn - Thanks for the encouragement; think of the book as being like a really, really big Bob Dylan song! In terms of it being in verse, I've tried to make to make it as readable as possible; it's not like Shelley or Keats, it's a story that's being told. In terms of the structure, it's written in what's called an ABCB rhyme scheme where the last word of the second line in each verse rhymes with the last word of the fourth line. There are sample pages on the website: www.landfoxpress.com


So 'A.L.Richards' is your pen name then?

PS a very good film btw.

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