YOU WILL NOT BE EXAMINED ON ANY OF
ABOUT THIS SERIES … But after
that, I realized that I really knew very little about
these parents of
mine They had been born about the start of the Twentieth
Century, and they died in 1970
and 1980. For their last 50 years, I
was old enough to speak with a bit of sense. I could have talked to them a lot about their lives. I could have found out about the times they
lived in. But I did not. I know almost nothing about them really. Their courtship? Working in the pits? The Lock-out in the Depression? Losing their second child? Being dusted as a miner? The shootings at Rothbury? My uncles killed in the War? Love on the dole? There were hundreds,
thousands of questions that I would now like to ask them. But,
alas, I can’t. It’s too late.
Thus, prompted by my guilt, I resolved to write these books. They describe happenings that affected people, real people. The whole series is, to coin a
modern phrase, designed to push the reader’s
buttons, to make you remember and wonder at things forgotten.
The books might just let nostalgia see the light
of day, so that oldies and youngies will talk about the past
and re-discover a heritage otherwise forgotten.
Hopefully, they will spark discussions
between generations, and foster the asking and answering of
questions that should not remain unanswered.