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Tommy Turnbull: A Miner's Life Paperback – 16 Feb 2007


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (16 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752442139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752442136
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Robinson is the author of the best-selling Life & Times of Francie Nichol of South Shields. Born in South Shields he now lives in Spain.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J Summers on 27 Feb. 2007
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This is a wonderful tale told with much passion and humour. Joseph Robinson gives us a unique insight into the life and times of a Durham miner. It is very eloquently written and evokes in the reader a sense of what it must have been like to work under such conditions. As a reader you feel like you are down in the pit with Tommy - so vivid the imagery and expressive the narrative. Whether you know much or little about coal mining I would thoroughly recommend this book. An oft used and abused phrase "unputdownable" or " a must" - both however are fitting to describe this wonderful piece of humanity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William T. Low on 10 Dec. 2009
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This is a must read for anyone who wants to know of the history of pits and pitmen. I too had an uncle who was a miner, albeit in a Scottish pit, and I lived on Tyneside and knew many men who had been down the pit. This story is wonderfully told and should be compulsory reading for all students of history and politics. Lest we forget.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William T. Low on 22 Mar. 2007
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This is a story of a way of life that no longer exists. It tells of the life of an 'ordinary' man. The Durham pitmen were however extraordinary people who faced daily hardship and struggled theoughout their lives. This book will move you, to anger, to sorrow, to joy and to an understanding of our history. Men like Tommy were what made Britain Great.I did not have the pleasure of meeting Tommy Turnbull, but in my time in the North East of England it was an honour to meet men like him. I recommend this book to all with an interest in the history of their country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Nov. 2014
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got book today, excellent condition, and already got into it straight away, a real open and descriptive . realism as to what life was about, and aswell as the book having my name, and I was brought up in a mining village in the county durham area. . its a nostalgic item to have and read. pleased as to my purchase and the quick and efficient delivery from the supplier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 21 Nov. 2013
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Our house is built on top of the colliery, where Tommy Turnbull worked. He was a contemporary of my father and his father was a contemporary of my grandfather. All worked in the same mine. It is historically accurate, as well as being entertaining, and is written as an autobiography by Tommy Turnbull's grandson, Joe Robinson, in his grandfather's style.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mackie on 28 Feb. 2007
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This is an account of the extraordinary life of a very 'ordinary' man. Whilst the man, Tommy Turnbull, makes no claims for himself, the life he has led - that of a Durham 'Pitman', a coalminer, in other words - most surely demands that we take notice and that we remember the numerous Tommy Turnbulls who have slogged and suffered for centuries for the rest of us, and who have died and mostly disappeared without leaving any heroic figures to establish their place in history. This man, Tommy Turnbull, the archetypal 'ordinary' pitman, is such a figure.
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