The Valley: A Hundred Years in the Life of a Family, published by Bloomsbury in April 2014, is my history of the Hollingworths, of whom I am one. Against the backdrop of a turbulent century, through good times and bad, it shares the family’s tales of joy and laughter, hurt and loss, love affairs, lock-outs and pit disasters, as their attempts to build a better and fairer world meet sometimes with triumph, sometimes with bitter defeat.
This website is a companion to the text, sharing source material, notes and additional information as well as news. Notes for each chapter can be found in the Extracts section; the Blog has updates to, and reflections on, the story; the notes are gathered together in Footnotes, and images and sound files gathered by chapter in Galleries. The site is an ongoing project, with new material added at least twice a week.
I am the author of the number one bestseller The Farm, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 2005 and a 2006 Richard and Judy Book Club choice. I was born in the Dearne Valley in South Yorkshire, and live in London with my wife and two daughters.