Gaffers' Row

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Gaffers' Row
Cover of the 2008 first edition
Cover artistJ. R. Parsons
CountryWales, United Kingdom
GenrePeriod fiction
PublisherSmart (UK)
Publication date
11 March 2008
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages348 pp (first edition)

Gaffers' Row is the debut novel by R T Hunt. The story centres on a coal-mining community in a fictional South Wales valley. Though the story, setting and characters are fictional the story derives its themes from real life events of Hunt and the Ogmore Valley.
The book was first published by Smart on 11 March 2008


The story follows the fortunes of Rhys Morgan and his family from 1924 through the strikes and depression of the 1920s and 1930s and the hostilities of 1939 -1945. The lives of the villagers of Pentre Bach are dominated by the whims of the colliery manager who doubles as the chapel minister and contributes to the hardship of the community by abusing his position to pursue his sexual aspirations. Rhys Morgan is haunted by the death of his sister Moira who died when he was sixteen and because of his self-reproach he refuses to discuss it. For the love of his wife Nerys he sets aside many of his idealistic principles, and tries to concentrate on doing the best for his family. Events set the Colliery Manager and Rhys Morgan on a collision course, and as World War II draws to a close the feud has repercussions for the whole Morgan family.

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