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These Poor Hands

The autobiography of a miner working in south Wales

B.L. Coombes (Author), Bill Jones (Editor), Chris Williams (Editor)

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These Poor Hands: The Autobiography of a Miner Working in South Wales, was first published in June 1939. It was an instant bestseller, and its fame catapulted its author into the front rank of ‘proletarian writers’. B. L. Coombes, an English-born migrant, had lived in the Vale of Neath since before the First World War, but only turned to writing in the 1930s as a way of communicating the plight of the miners and their communities to the wider world. These Poor Hands presents, in a documentary style, the working life of the miner as well as the author’s experiences in the lock-outs of 1921 and 1926. It demonstrates Coombes’s desire to offer an accurate account of the lives of miners and their families, and carries a sincere moral charge in its description of the waste of human potential that is industrial capitalism in decline.
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Bibliographic Information
Publish State
Published
Language
English
Responsibility
B.L. Coombes ; with an introduction by Bill Jones and Chris Williams.
Publisher / Imprint
University of Wales Press
Publication Country / Place
United Kingdom / Cardiff
Title Identifier (ISBN/ISSN)
9780708315638 / 0708315631
Format
Paperback
Published Date
April 2010
Primary Price
14.99 GBP
Pages
256
Page size
22
Biblio Notes
Originally published: 1939.
Reference Code
BDZ0005462437