CLR James’ “Minty Alley”

Place explored through a personal selection of the lives, novels, art, architecture, poetry and history inspired by England's industrial era.​

Meredith Street, Nelson. Home of CLR James

CLR James began ‘Minty Alley,’ (1936) in Trinidad and finished it in Nelson, Lancashire. It is about the intimate lives of of working people living in close proximity in the barrack-yards of Trinidad. Living lives not that different from many working people’s lives in Nelson at that time.
James was also author of two other seminal books written in part in Nelson: ‘Beyond a Boundary’ (1963) ‘the finest book ever written about cricket.’: John Arlott: ‘The Black Jacobins’ (1938) a seminal popular academic work on the Haitian slave revolt.

CLR James: Huffington Post 2016

1998 BBC dramatisation of “Minty Alley”

Beryl Bainbridge Bradford Castleford CLR James Comedian Ian Smith Cultural Geography Ellen Wilkinson England is Rich Featherstone George Orwell Gerard Benson Get Carter Goole Halifax Harry Hopkins Huddersfield Iain Nairn Isle of Axholme Jack Common JB Priestley Kellingley Kevin Boniface Killingworth Manuscript in a Red Box Minty Alley Morning in the City Nelson Newbiggin-By-The-Sea Newcastle Normanton Pontefract Pre-Raphaelite Psychogeography Robert Westall Rotherham Sean O'Brien Selby Social History Southwold Stuart Maconie Ted Lewis The Division Bell Mystery The Rocket Tom Puddings Vermuyden

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