Carys Evans is 17 years old, ambitious, clever and feisty. But she is also the daughter of a mining family in South Wales, about to enter the most violent industrial dispute of modern times.
Her mother starts a soup kitchen, her father becomes a strike leader and her village, Aberelli, gets invaded by journalists, police officers and strike provocateurs. Violence, intimidation and depravity prevail.
Carys's world gets changed in ways she would never have imagined.
Taking us from 1984 to 2009, this is a story of survival, sex, aspiration and a fight to save community. Marrying the personal and political, it is funny, sad and shocking - a coming-of-age story of little people caught up in a much bigger power game - and how this blasts their community apart.
You can read more at: www the gritties dot com, or contact Philippa Davies the author at pippa at dircon dot com or 07798 676756.
The Gritties is available on Kindle.
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