YOU WILL NOT BE EXAMINED ON ANY OF THIS
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.