Coal Mining in the East Neuk of Fife
- Hardback (BB)
- 22 Jun 2017
- Dunedin Academic Press
- 200 pages - 234x156mm
‘John McManus is a geologist and former lecturer at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews. This is clearly a subject that he knows extremely well and one that he is still actively researching. He presents what could have been a rather dry and dusty subject in a most engaging manner. Although firmly rooted in the underlying geology. John takes in the social history and the transport that is so much a part of any mining area.
But this is also a story of the people of the East Neuk, for it's the miners and their families that make the story really live. This is truly a memorial to those people and their endeavors. The story goes back several centuries and ended what seems like an age ago. but yet in reality within the lifespan of many who are still living today. But like the mining history of any area of the UK seems to be in the dim and distant past. for it's an age that will never again return.
This is one of very few books that review the history of a local coalfield that have been written by a geologist. The result is that account is rooted in the earth, quite literally. It gives things a slightly different perspective that's rooted in the realities of the coalfield and they are determined to a large extent by the geology. This is an extremely good read.’
Down to Earth