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Thank you for print­ing the won­der­ful pho­to­graph of the pit boy and his pony ( Our First World War, Fe­bru­ary). My fa­ther was a horse-keeper at the Betty Pit near Eighton Banks in County Durham. He died at the be­gin­ning of the Sec­ond World War, when I was just two years old. The pho­to­graph gave me a brief glimpse into the hel­lish world both men and beasts in­hab­ited in the coal mines. Heather Clark, Tyne and Wear

We re­ward the let­ter of the month writer with our ‘His­tory Choice’ book of the month. This is­sue, it’s The Is­lamic En­light­en­ment by Christo­pher de Bel­laigue. Read the re­view on page 67

Heather Clark’s fa­ther was a horse keeper at a pit, like the boy (pic­tured above) in our Fe­bru­ary is­sue

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