About the Book
The close-knit villages of the Dearne Valley were home to four generations of theHollingworth family.Spanning Richard Benson's great grandmother Winnie's ninety twoyears in the valley, and drawing on years of historical research, interviews andanecdotes, The Valley lets us into generations of carousing and banter as the family'sattempts to build a better and fairer world for themselves meet sometimes with triumph,sometimes with bitter defeat. Against a backdrop of underground explosions, strikesand pit closures, these are unflinching, deeply personal stories of battles between thesexes in a man's world sustained by strong women; of growing up, and the power oflove and imagination to transform lives.
About the Author
Richard Benson is the author of the number one bestseller The Farm, which wasshortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 2005 and a 2006 Richard and JudyBook Club choice. He was born in the Dearne Valley in South Yorkshire, and lives inLondon with his wife and two daughters.