Saturday, 24 December 2016
The Enemy Within
For his debut novel former mining engineer Robert MacNeil Wilson gives his readers an exploration of the 1980s miners' strike.
It relates the story of Jim, who is a young colliery manager, an Paul, who is a miner, as together they battle to save their mine.
Half a mile beneath ground they face the miners' age old enemies, flood, roof collapse and fire.
However, the miners' strike drags them into conflicting sides of the conflict that tears asunder ties of friendship and of blood as friend is pitted against friend and family member against family member, rendering their pit village inot a battleground.
The novel also touches on the plight of the women of the pit village as they struggle to come to terms with the new reality that has been thrust upon them, as they struggle to make sense of what is happening and of the new reality that has become their life.
Based upon the experiences of Robert MacNeil Wilson when, as a young mine engineer of 24, he was, on more than one occasion, the only manager in charge when the mine was besieged by massed flying pickets.
The book is a riveting read and explains what happened and what went wrong. And who went wrong.
It costs £8.99, and can be bought here>>> https://goo.gl/zmYo4p.