Francis Beckett is a distinguished journalist who regularly writes for the Guardian and other national papers. He is the author of amongst others Enemy Within: The Rise and Fall of the British Communist Party, biographies of Clement Attlee and Gordon Brown and co -authored The Blairs and their Court with David Hencke. David Hencke has worked on the Guardian as their Westminster correspondent since 1986. He has won numerous awards including 'Scoop of the Year' and 'Journalist of the Year' 3 times. He is described by Andrew Marr as the leading parliamentary journalist of our era.
Well researched, full of vital insights and written with a sense of pace that does justice to the tragic drama. Fascinating. - Evening Standard The merit of Beckett and Hencke's book lies in the attempt to prise the history of the strike away from myth ... excellent. - New Statesman A lively, popular and informed account of the strike. - BBC History There is nothing wrong with civilised trade unionism: but as this book shows, there was nothing civilised at all about the methods, or the consequences, of Arthur Scargill. - Literary Review Meticulously researched . . the roles of Thatcher and Scargill and the striking miners themselves are questioned in a deeper way than ever before, and a secret history of espionage and dirty tricks is revealed. - Books Quarterly The full tragic story of the 1984 miners' strike in a page-turning read that will raise the brows of even the most informed reader. - Good Book Guide