January Book Awards Winner – How Black Were Our Valleys

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Press Release: 2nd February 2015           Immediate Release

 Local Authors Win International Award

Local authors Deborah Price (Deri, Bargoed) and Natalie Butts Thompson (Penrhiwceiber) are the winners of the (January) 2015 Printed Book Awards. How Black Were Our Valleys(Book Title) competed against hundreds of titles over the month and attracted more than 154 votes.

The Book Awards have been run by ‘not for profit’ publisher Acclaimed Books Limited, since 2008 and in that time, tens of thousands of voters around the world have shown their appreciation by supporting and nominating books in the competition.

“It has been a delight to take part in this truly democratic competition and experience first hand the loyalty of our readers. To win against such strong competition is the icing on the cake.”  Say Deborah and Natalie.

And the competition is strong, with several international best sellers, in addition to talented emerging authors making up the field. In a single month, the voting can run into thousands and the awards site contains numerous reviews and comments.

Managing Director, Peter Lihou offered a personal message of congratulations to Deborah and Natalie.

“Over the years, we’ve seen a great many popular titles gain the tangible applause of their fans by their votes and comments, but How Black Were Our Valleys enjoys particularly warm support. It really is quite an accomplishment for an author to inspire their customers so much that they get online and vote in such numbers and leave extremely flattering comments. How Black Were Our Valleys is a very worthy winner!”

The Book Awards are the only international awards that are open to all titles distributed in Kindle or Printed formats by *Amazon.com sites around the world. Any one can nominate or vote for a title, provided it is available on Amazon, without charge or registration. Dubbed The ‘People’s Book Awards, this openness attracts large numbers of visitors to the awards site http://www.thebookawards.com.

How Black Were Our Valleys – All profits from the sale of this book go to ‘The South Wales Area – Miners’ Beneficiary Fund,’ which helps ex-miners and their families both socially and medically. To commemorate 30 years since the 1984/85 miners strike, we have collected a variety of memories, stories, poems and events that happened during that time. A law professor who helped the miners with free legal advice, and also set up the Rhymney Valley Miners’ Support Group. An inspirational speech that led to the making of this publication. Stories of hardship, solidarity, overcoming prejudices and adversity add to the diversity of this collection. Women who changed their outlook on life completely. The government tactics used against the striking miners. Those who were just children at the time and the impact it had on them when they were growing up. The generosity of all those that came out in support of the striking miners. What happened after the strike? Why did all those mines have to close? The memories and accounts are personal, these are the stories that didn’t get to the mainstream media, but are extremely important regardless, not just to the South Wales Mining Community, but also to all those communities that were involved .

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For more information contact :                 Author/Publisher

Name : Deborah Price                                   baarbaarathesheep@hotmail.co.uk

Name: Natalie Butts Thompson                                natalie.666@live.co.uk

Or Contact The Book Awards

Acclaimed Books Limited



Cornwall PL15 7ND


Tel.:  +44(0)1566 786755

Email:  pete@thebookawards.com

Website: http://www.thebookawards.com