"As a newcomer to the mining world, I was aware of vibrant community where I found friendship and humour. I discovered a reason for interest in politics. Because of their loyalties to the leaders who had moved away from old oppressions the colliers had been encouraged to read and learn. I found, as I listened, I had to do the same. The miners of the Gwendraeth Valley are to be admired. Of course, as I lived and worked with them I discovered a darker side. This book is a collection of published stories based on a scrap of truth but might portray some of the atmosphere in the Anthracite Mines. My thanks to The Anglo Welsh Review and also to Cambrensis for their original publications and to Llanelli Borough Council for enabling me to include one or two extracts from They Gave Me A Lamp. Thanks must also be given for permission to use the cover photograph which was published by the Western Mail"
Suffering and patience, a little farm that took every pair of hands to keep it going. Then her marriage which meant pneumoconiosis instead of arthritis and the tight gossipy community from which there was no escape.