05 Jun – Castle Bookshop Outside, Hay on Wye

Last of my Hay books and a lucky rescue from those outdoor shelves! This is the interesting autobiography of the leader of the National Union of Miners in the 1960s and 70s. He brought himself up from mining work, through the Union and into the Labour Executive committee. There’s so much about how Labour is for the workers, has input from the Unions – tragic to see how times have changed. The book does have a lot of detail about negotiations, which might not be for everyone, but I found that interesting. The book finishes with Arthur Scargill taking over in the very early 80s, which again is interesting, given what was just around the corner…