Coal was many thing to many people, some became rich because of it, many died because of it but it was the mainstay
of my Taylor family's whole existence. Reading Wigan Pier, listening to my grandparent's stories of their life in the mines
and writing their story, I know exactly what Orwell meant when he wrote:
“If there is one type of man to whom I do feel myself inferior, it is the coal miner."
My paternal ancestors story, a Life in the Dark, can be read on my website at: