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How Black Was My Valley by Brad Evans
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Apr 09, 2024 | ISBN 9781913462840

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“Brad Evans’ captivating history of south Wales is written with authentic authority. It is evocative and excellent in every possible way. Evans provides a cliche-free, myth-lancing account of a ‘Coal Colony’ discarded by the powers that were after tearing use and relentless abuse.”
— Neil Kinnock

“How Black Was My Valley is more than a memoir. Each carefully constructed sentence, every beautifully recorded or imagined moment, is placed alongside tragedy’s reality, ensuring that the ‘view from below’, as lived by the people who remain in the grip of economic marginalisation, is heard.”
— Phil Scraton, author of Hillsborough: The Truth

“Anybody interested in the history of working class resistance, and people’s daily struggles when confronting deep poverty blighting post-industrial communities should read this devastating study”
Paul Mason, author of PostCapitalism

“Evan’s beautifully crafted words and thoughts are now seared into me forever. Sit with each chapter for a while as its true devastation dawns on you. Thank God these stories are now being told. The boy of the valleys has come home and roared”.
Lucy Easthope, author of When the Dust Settles: Stories of Love, Loss and Hope from an Expert in Disaster

“This heartrending book summons powerful spirits from a great well of suffering. From within the darkest shadows of late Great Britain, both Evans’s prose and Meza’s haunting artwork allow us to glimpse a new vision of folk history from the deep: but it warns that humanity has taken the wrong path, and the light ahead may be too dim to guide us.”
Vincent Brown, Professor of History, Harvard University

“Brad has gone down the mines and extracted a wealth of history that had been covered in soot and given serious literary attention to a vital yet overlooked aspect of working class and south Welsh life… a passionate, political, and personal retelling of the history of a place most people aim to avoid.”
— Rhys Thomas, author of The Future of Wales

“A phenomenal, poignant memoir that pulsates with the militant passion and mordant wit of a Welsh Valleys landscape ravaged by white-on-white colonialism and globalisation. Oscillating between acute socio-economic-political observation and lush, almost mystical lyricism, it is a must read for anyone interested in British social history.”
Gareth Owen,
Humanitarian Director, Save the Children

“This is a crucial, driven, and necessary piece of work, fuelled by righteous rage and dismay at how certain social strata (living, loving, hoping human beings) are deemed dispensable once their utility has been wrung dry. If you finish this book without a sense of furious lament, then look to the carbonisation of your soul.”
— Niall Griffiths, author of Of Talons and Teeth

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