Aberfan: Government and Disasters

A detailed account by Iain McLean and Martin Johnes of the Aberfan disaster which killed 116 children under a coal tip in 1966, noting the failure of the legal system to ensure justice and compensation for bereaved families, the N.C.B's failure to accept responsibility for carelessness, the lessons learnt in the field of psychological trauma, and steps taken to rectify mistakes and improve counselling in the future.


Excellent...thorough and sympathetic...well worth the money spent on it --Headway 2000 (Aberfan's Community Newspaper)

Intelligent and moving --Planet

The full truth about Aberfan --The Guardian

The research is outstanding...the investigation is substantial, balanced and authoritative...this is certainly the definitive book on the subject...Meticulous --John R. Davis, Kingston University ('Contemporary British History' 2002)

What is most interesting about this book is that it is written from thepoint of view of survivors --Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Blackwell Publishers

Professor Iain McLean is Professor of Politics, Official Fellow, Nuffield College