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Marching to the Fault Line

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The 1984 Miners' strike was one of the defining moments in modern British history. Leading journalists David Hencke and Francis Beckett had unrivalled access to key government and union players at the heart of the story; they have also uncovered material that the powerful would have liked to remain secret.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 10th 2009 by Constable & Robinson (first published February 26th 2009)
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This book is regarded as one of the first all encompassing narratives of the Miners Strike in the mid-eighties, while it is very much that I think failed to deliver its claimed dispassionate analysis. The book is well researched and well written with a sympathetic nod in the miners direction. One person who wouldn’t speak to the authors during the writing of the book is Authur Scargill and seemingly it is because of this that there is a sense of bitterness in the text whenever his name is mentio ...more
As the old adage goes, the victor gets to write the history - and so it is that history tells us Thatcher smashed the unions and freed Britain, putting us on a path of unparalleled prosperity.
She didn't, but hey - she won, she writes the version.
Which is why books like Marching To The Fault Line are so important.
From previously unreleased documents, interviews and first-hand accounts of what happened, Beckett and Hencke have done their best at explaining just what happened - and what the repercu
An interesting book that examines the intrigue, machinations, and back channel meetings that took place during the miners’ strike and which seeks to underscore and examine why it failed through the use of documents obtained under Freedom of Information and through interviews with the key players on either side.

The book takes an issue that is black and white for many depending on your politics (NUM good, Thatcher evil) or (Thatcher good, NUM evil) and demonstrates that it is really many shades of
I thought I would hate this because of all the politics. I found that I really enjoyed the book and I feel the author critised both sides fairly. What is disheartening is the fact whole communities were ripped apart and even today they are still suffering from the aftershocks of Thatcher's government. She may have been a strong woman but a lot of people suffered under her government. It also didn't help that Labour didn't do anything to help the miners and since the miner's strike they have move ...more
Says it's the 'full inside story of the strike' and there is indeed a lot of useful information in this book. However the anti Scargill bias is obvious throughout and some of the subject matter i.e Scargills political affiliations and the rift between him and Mick McGahey seem to be based on anecdotal rumors rather than on factual evidence
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