How did a vast Amazon warehouse change life in a former mining town?

Enlarge / The Amazon Fulfilment Centre on November 24, 2021 in Rugeley, England.Nathan Stirk | Getty Images

Avril John was nine years old when she overheard a conversation in a train station that would stick in her memory. She and her family were on their way from Northumberland in the north of England to a small town in the Midlands called Rugeley, where a modern coal mine had just opened.

The year was 1960, and her father was one of many miners moving to the area for work. They were met at Birmingham station by a man from the National

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