Emily wrote in with a request for her friend, S. (Not me! I swear! I've never bought a book at Heathrow, even if my reading history is one big HaBO):
I'm hoping this awesome site and its readers might Help a Bitch Out. There's
a book I'm dying to read, as described to me by my friend S. She's been
looking for it for a reread lo these many years, and this is her
“I bought it in Heathrow Airport in 1988. It had a white cover with pink and
silver lettering. An English upper-class daughter of a mine executive
dabbles in socialist causes, and falls in love with a rough-but-charming
miner. The hero has bigger dreams than mining, but went down the mines to
save his family and is now part of a big countrywide coal strike.”
“The heroine's father (the mine executive) was standard-issue Evil: oppressive, misogynist, etc.
The book was set in the teens or '20s of the twentieth century, around the time of the national
coal strike in England. There was some suffragette background stuff. The heroine had a
yellow dress. The hero had scars, or was otherwise somehow physically marked by his time in the mines.”
That sounds right up my alley, and I know S would love to reread it. If you can help, we'd much appreciate it.
Now I'm wondering: which bookshop is the best one at Heathrow? I've only been to Gatwick, and never for book shopping. Anyone recognize this book?