Struggle or Starve: Stories of everyday heroism between the wars
Editor: Sian Rhiannon Williams, Carole White
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A vivid recreation of the lives of working class women during this difficult time of depression, dislocation and dramatic industrial and political struggle. This is an outstanding collection of personal accounts of mothers, grandmothers and aunts, sisters and cousins that make up the first title in the new Honno Voices series.
First published in 1998 this new edition has an updated introduction and additional footnotes taking into account recent research and analysis of the lot of women between the wars. Not just aimed at those interested in the history of the women's movement and women's suffrage, there are stories here that bring to life decades past in brilliantly evocative language and paint detailed word pictures of the highs and lows in the Valleys when coal mining was at its height and heavy industry took its toll on whole families and even communities at a time.
"fascinating, transporting and bound to capture the imagination of anyone with even a passing interest in social history."
Molly James, New Welsh Review
"There are some very sad stories here... However, there are also many happy and amusing memories recounted... I laughed and cried quite often at different points in my reading."
Luci Davin, www.thebookbag.co.uk
"A marvellous compilation of reminiscences by Welsh women" Time Out
"This is a book to treasure" The Big Issue Cymru
Category: Anthologies Autobiography
First published by Honno in : October 2009
Contributors: Florence Allen, Elizabeth Andrews, Lucy Arundell, Gabrielle Capus, Dorothy Craig, Edith S Davies, Menna Gallie, Winifred Griffiths, Gertrude Harris, Maggie Pryce Jones, Margaret Lloyd, Mair Eluned McLellan, Enid Mavis Mitchell, Elaine Morgan, Marion Phillips, Katie Pritchard, Eunice Hughes Thomas, Iris Roderick Thomas, Barbara Walters, Heulwen Williams, Beatrice Wood, Nessie Williams, Gabrielle Capus,