- Author: Paxman, Jeremy
- Format: Hardback
- ISBN: 9780008128340
- Pages: 320
- Dimensions: 240x159mm
Coal is the commodity that made Britain.
Dirty and polluting though it is, this black rock has acted as a midwife to genius. It drove industry, religion, politics, empire and trade. It powered the industrial revolution, turned Britain into the first urban nation and is the industry that made almost all others possible.
Jeremy Paxman tells the story of coal mining in England, Scotland and Wales from Roman times, through the birth of steam power to war, nationalisation, pea-souper smogs, industrial strife and the picket lines of the Miner’s Strike.