The Small Mine
£8.99 Out of print
First published in 1962, this novel tells the tale of a young collier's death in a mining accident in Cilhendre, a fictional industrial village in the south Wales Valleys. The story vividly and sympathetically portrays how the Valley community, and in particular the women, come to terms with the sudden loss - an occurrence with which they are all too familiar.
Yet for all its tragic subject matter, The Small Mine also conveys the warmth and gusto of the villagers' lives by means of its witty language, which was favourable compared to that of Gwyn Thomas and other male Valley writers on the first appearance of Menna Gallie's Welsh novels.
This is the third of Menna Gallie's novels, and was apparently her personal favourite. Strike for a Kingdom was set in the same fictional village of Cilhendre.
"she never wrote better books than Strike for a Kingdom and The Small Mine."
Jane Aaron, Professor of English, University of Glamorgan
Foreward/Intro by: Jane Aaron
Category: Fiction Novels Historical Honno Classics
First published by Honno in : 2003