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Working Lives

Working Lives (Hardback)

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In the early 1950s Britain was still the most urbanized and industrialized nation in the world, a global power in shipbuilding and the leading European producer of coal, steel, cars and textiles. For the many millions of men and women hard at work during that time, an infernal landscape of smoke-blackened factories, towering slag heaps and fiery furnaces dominated their lives. From the deep docks and towering cranes of the Tyneside shipyards to the mills and chimneys of Lancashire and beyond, "Working Lives" takes us right to the heart of those industrial centres through the words of those who were there. Drawn together from hundreds of hours of first-hand interviews, "Working Lives" is a unique collection of oral testimonies from workers whose stories might not otherwise have been told: mill girls who risked life and limb in dusty, noisy weaving sheds; steel workers who wrestled sheets of white-hot metal in the blistering heat of the foundries; and miners who hewed coal by hand on filthy, cramped, claustrophobic coalfaces. Local industries shaped these workers' entire lives but also gave them a sense of pride, identity and belonging.

As they look back on the dangers and hardships of their jobs, and the place of industry in their close-knit communities, these fascinating voices paint a vivid and moving portrait of working life in Britain not to be forgotten.

David Hall is a bestselling writer of non-fiction as well as a highly successful TV producer. His thirty years producing and directing network television programmes include a number of years at both Yorkshire Television and the BBC, as well as making landmark documentaries for Channel 4 and the History Channel. The biographer of Fred Dibnah, he was also Fred's TV producer and a close personal friend for many years. He has published a number of books celebrating Fred's life and interests, as well as Manchester's Finest, an account of life in Manchester in the aftermath of the Munich air disaster.

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