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By Richard Benson

The close-knit villages of the Dearne Valley have been domestic to 4 generations of the Hollingworth relatives. Spanning Richard Benson's great-grandmother Winnie's ninety-two years within the valley, and drawing on years of old study, interviews and anecdotes, The Valley we could us into generations of carousing and banter because the family's makes an attempt to construct a greater and fairer global for themselves meet occasionally with triumph, occasionally with sour defeat. opposed to a backdrop of underground explosions, moves and pit closures, those are unflinching, deeply own tales of battles among the sexes in a man's global sustained through powerful girls; of starting to be up, and the ability of affection and mind's eye to rework lives.

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