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Seven Steps in the Dark: A Miner's Life Paperback – 1 Feb 1991

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Product details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Luath Press Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Feb. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946487219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946487219
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No one but a miner knows the truth about a miner's life. Bob Smith sets out to tell the truth, and if there is a better book on mining I have never seen it. --Scots Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Bob Smith was born in Larkhall, Lanarkshire in 1920 into a working class family with eight people living in a tiny two-up-two-down house. He followed his father into the pits of Ferniegair Colliery after he left school at 14 years old. Throughout his working life he experienced mining in seven different collieries. At the age of 59 he was forced to retire from a severe back injury and received a redundancy payment of just GBP2,100. He was a staunch trade unionist and served as a Miner's Lodge official for many years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is the story of a way of life that vanished into history twenty years ago. It was a hard and unforgiving job where death came too often and health and safety were usually ignored.Read this and you will understand what lay behind the attitudes of the miners who came out in 1984, and what they believed they were fighting for. Highly skilled and very tough professionals they knew their job and had no time for anyone who tried to tell them what to do and was not of their world. I lived in Lanarkshire and there are still a lot of men like the author around - too often coughing their hearts out with lungs clogged by coal dust - miner's lung as it was called.
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