These Poor Hands : The Autobiography of a Miner Working in South Wales
"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' 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. Long out of print, "These Poor Hands" has been recognised for over sixty years as the classic miner's autobiography.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 138 x 216 x 13.46mm | 249g
- 09 Nov 2002
- University of Wales Press
- Wales, United Kingdom
- Revised ed.
'The re-publication of this classic volume is to be warmly welcomed ... For this new edition, two of the most prominent of the younger generation of Welsh historians, Professor Chris Williams of the University of Glamorgan and Dr Bill Jones of Cardiff, join forces to provide the text with a most valuable, highly readable introduction and explanatory glossary notes which are genuinely helpful.' www .gwales.com
About B. L. Coombes
Bill Jones is a lecturer in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University. Chris Williams is Professor of History and Head of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University.