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Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain, by Jeremy Paxman - Kate Hubbard

Books | By Kate Hubbard


Jeremy Paxman makes a good case for coal as central to Britain's power, says Kate Hubbard

The story of coal, Jeremy Paxman says, is the story of Britain. It’s one he tells well, deftly combining the political and the social in a brisk and bracing narrative, with plenty of scope for Paxmanian indignation and scorn. People have been digging for coal since the Middle Ages. But Paxman focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries, taking in the industrial revolution, two world wars, the first Labour government, the birth of trade unionism, nationalisation, strikes, smog and pit accidents, with much odd and interesting detail along the way. ...


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