The Pitmen's Requiem [NOOK Book]

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Peter Crookston's book offers a beautifully written journalist's account of a Durham mining village and the Great Northern Coalfield woven around the life of Robert Saint, the composer of Gresford, a brass band composition commemorating an earlier mining disaster in which 256 workers died. Crookston brings his formidable observational qualities and writing skills as a journalist to produce a gripping narrative with utterly compelling characters and a heart-rending culmination in the demise of the mining industry...
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The Pitmen's Requiem

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Overview


Peter Crookston's book offers a beautifully written journalist's account of a Durham mining village and the Great Northern Coalfield woven around the life of Robert Saint, the composer of Gresford, a brass band composition commemorating an earlier mining disaster in which 256 workers died. Crookston brings his formidable observational qualities and writing skills as a journalist to produce a gripping narrative with utterly compelling characters and a heart-rending culmination in the demise of the mining industry under assault by Thatcher. The story is told in a gentle, unpretentious way, frequently giving voice to the characters themselves, many of whom the author knew personally or got to know in preparing the book. Apart from capturing a critical moment in a disappearing world, the book offers a vantage point from which to reflect on our own culture, and what we have lost in post-industrial Britain: the loss of community which did so much to sustain and nurture those miners in their desperate plights. This is as much a history of culture and place as much as it is biography, a book that is at once an elegy and a tribute
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Editorial Reviews

Mail on Sunday
Crookston has constructed a potent tribute . . . he makes you feel deeply nostalgic for a way of life that was so dangerous and so brutal.
Morning Star
A very readable and enjoyable book.
Journal
A wonderful book
The Shields Gazette
Highly Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857160690
  • Publisher: McNidder & Grace
  • Publication date: 1/5/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 232
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Crookston is a journalist and the author of Villain: The Biography of a Criminal.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Foreword

Prologue Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 1

1 The Man with the Showman's Wagon Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 8

2 The Ship of the Road Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 13

3 The People Priestley Admired Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 19

4 The Musical Miner Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 25

5 Why 'Gresford' Mattered so Much Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 30

6 When the Mines Inspector Wept Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 36

7 The One-man Dance Band Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 42

8 The Gala Days of DBC Pierre Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 46

9 The Poor People's Vet Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 49

10 'It's So That We Don't Forget Them' Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 53

11 The Inspector Vanishes Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 60

12 'The Gala Is About Our Heritage' Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 65

13 A Walk Down Seaside Lane Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 69

14 A Man Who Knew His Worth Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 78

15 'You Somehow Know It Demands Respect' Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 81

16 From Mining Camps to Pit Villages Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 87

17 'Factory Folks Are Different' Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 90

18 Encamped on a Raft of Coal Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 94

19 Lament for a Vanished Culture Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 98

20 'It Makes My Hair Stand on End' Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 104

21 No Shoebox in the Wardrobe Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 108

22 'The Price the Miners Paid' Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 116

23 Peter Leethe Man and His Town Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 120

24 The Battle of Easington Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 128

25 Misunderstanding the Miners Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 135

26 The Femme Fatale of the Coal Trade Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 138

27 'I Was Born to Be a Miner' Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 142

28 Bringing Children into the Sunlight Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 146

29 'I Loved Working in the Mines' Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 152

30 'The Best Years of My Life' Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 157

31 A Cold Day by the Don Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 165

Appendix: The Verses of 'Gresford' Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 169

Notes Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 171

Bibliography Margaret Drabble Drabble, Margaret 176

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    DONT GET!!

    this book is stupid and i gurantee it will be a waste of yiur time if you read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    ?

    WHAT THE @$#%

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    To reviewers.

    I take multiple language lessons so I, unlike you others, can figure out what language this is. This book is written in Latin. By the way, I refuse to believe that Latin is a dead language!!! Just because you don't hear it often, doesn't mean that it is dead! I could spout hundreds of Latin sentances, like these:
    Sunt cupidus imperium et reliquus gentes.
    Mater et pater et soror, sed non frater habeo.
    Gauli et Romini impetum.
    Sum cum patris leo et matris soror.
    Puer est mortem equi non amat.
    Agricolae vident, sed verbum non scribunt.
    Soror fabulam, et frater hostem superat.
    Spes hominis veritas et vita.
    Nomina hostium nunc scio.
    Cur consilium captivorum?
    Multitudines inslarum in reperio.
    Patres fratresque in urbibus saepe manent.
    Iter in maria et in terra reginae facio.
    Venio, sed cum audacia non dico.
    Legati soror gentem et aquam servat.
    Nonne gentes veritatem verborum domini dicunt?
    Num hodie in insula iter facio?
    Gentesne veritatem verborum domini dicunt.
    Feminane regi pecuniam portat?
    Nonne hodie in insula iter facio?
    Hodiene in insula iter facio?
    Cur femina regi pecuniam portat?
    Num femina regi pecuniam portat?
    Nonne femina regi pecuniam portat?
    Num gentes veritatem verborum donini dicunt?
    Puer patrem videt.
    Gladium capis.
    Litteramin carro scribimus.
    Reges consilium capiunt.
    In agris hostium sedent.
    Iter saepe facitis.
    Ubi fratrem ducit.
    Gented in villa manent.
    Sorori fabulam narramus.
    Reges urbem tradunt.
    Lapides in carro habes.
    Nauta es in mari.
    Quomodo epistulam scribis.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Not in english!

    I could not read this book because it is not in english, spanish, or french......

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Small

    Hard to read text is way to small i could not see the letters

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Hmm

    If it isnt in english its not woth your time unless you know latin lol

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Aweful

    What the @#$%&! Why isnt there a stupid title!?!?!? Dont get this book even though it is free.


    I rate it -100*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Junk

    Might be able to read if the sentences made sense do not waste your timr

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Biill

    Biill

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Hi

    In latin. Dont get. Its worthless.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    NOTHING HERE YET

    There already is a posidon cabin. I'm not talking about cabinz

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Ln Languege

    What??!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Anonymous

    It's like three pages and it's just his conversation with a bunch of reporters...... A TON OF GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES!!!! Overall, boring and poorly written. Where's the plot???

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    :-(

    what the heck

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    Waterfall

    Here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Thunder camp

    Is here where high rock is and also the clearing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    You know.. these are common

    Put just a question mark in your search bar the look and freaking see what i mean

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Okl,

    Jmm..ny. h.nj..j..
    Ihhj.

    I,nm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    No

    Not so great espicially with the whole no title thing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    To anonymus on october 15

    You can adjust the size of the letters by clicking on the page, and there should be a little button that says Aa on it.

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