Ours, Yours and Mines: A Family Saga Set in the Miners' Rows of Ayrshire Scotland in the Mid-1800s to Early 1900s

Ours, Yours and Mines: A Family Saga Set in the Miners' Rows of Ayrshire Scotland in the Mid-1800s to Early 1900s

by Carmel McMurdo Audsley

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Ours, Yours and Mines: A Family Saga Set in the Miners' Rows of Ayrshire Scotland in the Mid-1800s to Early 1900s by Carmel McMurdo Audsley

An historical novel based on real people and places in the period 1861 to 1913, set amidst the poverty and overcrowding in the miners' rows of Ayrshire Scotland.
The author has put words into the mouths of her ancestors to create a picture of life for large mining families and how they battled sickness and disease, and barely eked out a living.
The story begins with Thomas and Margaret McMurdo and their growing family and describes their simple lives crowded into a two-room dwelling in a miners' row. There are many highs and lows for the family. You will be introduced to their children, and particularly their eldest son George who (against her mother's wishes) marries 18-year-old Mary Hamilton, a carefree, educated young woman. You will read of the family's friendship with well-known union activist Keir Hardie. It's a story about the struggles of the miners and their families - the men who slaved away underground facing daily dangers, and the women who worked hard bearing and raising large families and praying that their men would return unharmed from the pits. The overwhelming sadness will tug at your heartstrings - and to make this story more poignant, it really happened.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478102557
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Carmel McMurdo Audsley is an Australian Journalist, Editor and Author who lives in Brisbane with her husband Iain. They both had Scottish fathers, share a mutual love of Scotland and have walked in the footsteps of their ancestors in the country that they love to visit. As a Newspaper Journalist and Magazine Editor, Carmel has written and had published thousands of news stories and feature articles and has now turned her research and writing skills to digging up the past and breathing life into the characters she finds.
Ours, Yours and Mines is her first historical fiction novel in a trilogy about the mining families of Ayrshire Scotland. Carmel now devotes all her writing and editing time to producing Scots News Magazine for ex-pat Scots in Australia, and researching and writing historical fiction.

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