When you hear them, those voices are Yorkshire, deliberate, authoritative within their worlds. This book is an attempt to exemplify why they matter, why we should hear them. They are all working-class voices-the mill girl at the dance, the plumber with his vision of 'brotherhood', the labourer climbing out of the bathroom window. Following their leads, I've tried in half a dozen ways to define the qualities, good or bad, of working-class life: the styles of living that it offers us.