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Labour of Love: The Story of Robert Smillie Paperback – 25 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing; 1 edition (25 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906476616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906476618
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert Smillie was a real hero of the Scottish and British labour movement. I first heard about him when I was in my teens in Lanarkshire where he enjoys huge acclaim. He knew what poverty was like, he experienced the worst of mining conditions and evictions, he became a trusted leader and he was inspired by a strong sense of right and wrong. The country owes him a huge debt for the service he gave the labour movement and working people everywhere. This book recalls his achievements and his legacy. Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP --

After reading this book, I now know a tremendous amount of what Robert Smillie stood for: Justice, Equality, Humanitarism, Peace and Socialism. He cared for all people, not only those he represented. His dedication and effort changed society for the better, he sought no reward just a better society. The book has inspired me to greater effort to try and change society today. When Robert Smillie was in office the struggle to effect change was very much more difficult than now. His efforts made life much more bearable for future generations. I would recommend it to anyone interested in social history. Robert Smillie I salute you. David Hopper, General Secretary of the Durham Miners Association --

Robert Smillie is one of the forgotten heroes of the Scottish and British Labour Movement and it is fitting that his many achievements and legacy from which we have all benefited should be acknowledged. Labour Of Love does this in an accessible way so that he can be appreciated by a new generation. Eddy Cornock, Scottish Socialist Voice --

About the Author

Torquil Cowan is a retired headmaster with many publications to his credit - academic, fiction and non-fiction. He has also created two writers' groups and undertakes writing commissions regularly.

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