For a Yorkshireman who has spent half a lifetime in his native
pit village, moving south is a mixed blessing and it is where Richard
Matthewman's memories begin as he looks back with affection, humour, and no small measure of exasperation at 42 summers - and bitter winters.
From boyhood through adolescence to marriage and a family, his stories are filled with a rich gallery of characters - the relations, friends and village notables of a vital community filled with life
and incident but as brittle and unmistakably northern as the coal seams
on which it was built.
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