The Pretoria Pit Disaster in 1910 was the third largest mining disaster in British history, when 344 men and boys lost their lives. The story, as written by Andrea, with help from the diary of her great, great grandmother, tells of tragedy and loss to people already struggling with life. Further research took Andrea into the archives of 'Bolton News' and the reports of the incident form part of her book.
Geraldine Rose of Peakpublish said, "It is with great pleasure that we introduce '344 - The Story of the Pretoria Mining Disaster inspired by a mother's tale' after securing the rights from the author, Andrea Finney. It is a fascinating story of life in difficult times and a historical documentary of a tragic mining accident. 2010 will be the centenary of the disaster and this is a fitting tribute for the anniversary."
Author Andrea says, "I have been fascinated with history since I was a child. In the 1970's I was given access to a diary belonging to my great, great grandmother, Elizabeth Gore, and I never forgot reading about her hard life. In 2003 when I started to research my Family History I thought again of my great, great grandmother's life and the tragic loss of her son in the Pretoria Pit Disaster at Westhoughton in 1910 and it was then that I decided to put it all together in a book".
The editor, Jeni Edwards, said "This is one of those books where truth is stronger than fiction. We are given an intimate glimpse into the lives, loves and tragedies of a close knit northern community. Andrea has captured the taste of the time, and we have the privielege of tasting it too, Jack bait and all.".
The book will be published in the UK in the autumn of 2009.
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