‘It’s extraordinary exploitation – kids are still working in mines’ – Reports

Liz Hyder: ‘It’s extraordinary exploitation – kids are still working in mines’

Liz Hyder had written six books, none of them published, when bad weather drove her to visit a mine while in north Wales on holiday. Struck and horrified to learn about 19th-century child miners, she came up with the idea for her seventh book: Bearmouth, a young adult dystopia set in a deep mine where her protagonist Newt has worked and lived since the age of four.

Already the winner of the Waterstones children’s book prize for older readers, the book has just won Hyder the Branford Boase…

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