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Public Battles, Private Wars by Laura Wilkinson #RBRT

on April 7, 2015

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Public Battles, Private Wars by Laura Wilkinson

Yorkshire 1983. Miner’s wife Mandy is stuck in a rut. At twenty-three, and trapped by domesticity, her future looks set and she wants more from life. Husband Rob is a good-looking drinker, content to spend his days in the small town where they’ve always lived – where Mandy can’t do anything other than bake cakes and raise her children. When Mandy’s childhood friend – beautiful, clever Ruth – and Ruth’s Falklands war hero husband, Dan, return to town, their homecoming is shrouded in mystery. Like in their schooldays, Mandy looks to Ruth for inspiration – but Ruth isn’t all she appears. As conflict with the Coal Board turns into war, the men come out on strike. The community and its whole way of life is threatened. Mandy abandons her dreams of liberation from the kitchen sink and joins a support group. As the strike rumbles on, relationships are pushed to the brink, and Mandy finds out just who she is – and who her true friends are.
I learned so much from this book it help me understand the hard times and the struggles the miners and their families had during the early 1980’s

i enjoy hearing about the mining community it found it a very fascinating and emotional story it had just the right about on humour in there too
The story will keep guessing about where the story line going and all the characters i like the mystery side of the story too some parts were very sad it a story of survive and one women personal journey it got love , friendship , jealousy and this wonderful community spirt that do not get much now days
Mandy and Rob married at a very young age they soon had kids Rob followed his family to work down the pits this was what most young man did

Mandy had a dream she wants to learn to type could she take on her dream ?
Soon the men would be out of work as mrs Thatcher wanted to shut down the pits so the men when on strike
How will the family cope Mandy and Rob had 4 kids .

Soon Mandy joins her old school friend ruth in a action group Mandy loves to cook so she was all making food for the group soon a journalist hear of them a interviews her for the local paper soon she the voice for the miners this proves her a lifeline soon there lives changed beyond recognition this story shows you the impact it had on the family and the community
Mandy now so heavily involved in the protest again the government but soon her private life seems to be suffering to can they cope with all this ?
Mandy story just shines over the background story of the miner strikes
All the characters are strong and so realistic It a lovely funny emotional book it so beautifully written i found the story so interesting to read
I will say i did find the start a bit slow but please do like this but you off it a great book to read i recommend you all read

One response to “Public Battles, Private Wars by Laura Wilkinson #RBRT

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    Thanks for the review Amanda, an interesting piece of British history.

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