ISBN: 978-1-904794-48-6
Price: £11.99
Format: Paperback
Size: 216mm x 138mm
Extent: 200pp
Illustrations: 16 b/w
History: Culture

The Pitmen’s Requiem
Peter Crookston

The Pitmen's Requiem movingly relates the stories and the hardships of the miners who worked in the Great Northern Coalfield. It tells, through interviews and investigative reporting, how Robert Saint’s famous brass band composition ‘Gresford’ – the Miners’ Hymn – became a requiem for mining communities and their way of life.

The Author

Peter Crookston is a journalist who has worked as an editorial executive on the Observer and the Sunday Times. He was editor of Nova magazine in the 1960s and editor of the Observer magazine in the 1970s. His first book, Villain, The Biography of a Criminal was published in 1967 and he edited the books Village London, Village England, Island Britain, and The Ages of Britain from series he produced at the Observer. He comes from Tyneside but has lived in London since 1963.

"Crookston has constructed a potent tribute… he makes you feel deeply nostalgic for a way of life that was so dangerous and so brutal."
Mail on Sunday

"Peter Crookston has written a book that is at once an elegy and a tribute."
Margaret Drabble, author, biographer and critic

"The story, ostensibly of one man’s remarkable life, is a tunnel back into a complete world – a rich and complex way of life that is now sealed off and lost, like most of the old mine-workings that lay at the heart of it."
Michael Frayn, playwright and author