Out on 23 March 2023

Dragged Up Proppa

Christopher Fallow

23 March 2023
9781529050851
320 pages

Synopsis

Dragged Up Proppa is the story of growing up working class in a forgotten England.

'Fallow's memoir is not just a classic piece of working-class writing, but a truly gripping narrative' - Brian Groom, author of Northerners: A History

Pip Fallow was born in the coal-miner’s cottage where his family of eight lived, in a village near Durham. Pip was destined to join his father and brother working at a mine, but the closure of his village’s pit in the 1980s saw him at the back of the dole queue like the rest. This is Pip’s story of being ‘dragged up proppa’, living by his wits, working and travelling the world before finally settling a few miles from where he grew up.

A lot has been written about the red wall in recent years but Pip Fallow has lived it. This is his account of some of the most important issues affecting Britain today; from levelling-up and the north-south divide, to social mobility and class, and the devastating social upheaval caused by decades of deindustrialization and government neglect. Showing how broken promises of the past impact his village and the politics of today.

This is the memoir of a man who left school illiterate, but has now written a book. The story of a lost generation who were prepared for a life that had disappeared by the time they were ready for it, of communities with once strong social ties that have now disintegrated, and a way of living that simply no longer exists in Britain today.

Pip Fallow's memoir is not just a classic piece of working-class writing, but a truly gripping narrative