The novel is largely based on factual events and follows two main characters: Terry Winters (based on Roger Windsor), chief executive of the National Union of Mineworkers; and Stephen Sweet (based on David Hart), an advisor to the Thatcher government.
Structure and style
Each chapter begins with "day by day" accounts from two striking miners, Martin and Peter, written in short conversational sentences. The rest of each chapter is written in a more standard style.
The book was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for literature in 2005.
- The Observer, https://www.theguardian.com/books/2004/feb/29/fiction.features3
- Red Pepper, http://www.redpepper.org.uk/No-redemption/