Books: Blood & Mines

STRIKE FOR A KINGDOM (185 pp.)—Menna Gallie—Harper ($3.50).

Menna Gallic's brief and beautifully written first novel of the Welsh coal fields is the sort of book that bestselling authors should be required to copy two or three times in longhand. The language has a strong, sly wit, and the story—of a troubled, strikebound village—is told with force and skill. Welsh-born Novelist Gallie is able to give her sympathy to the strikers without the posturing of protest literature, and to evoke the gamy folk flavor of her villagers without being cute or condescending.

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