Black Friday

The Eyemouth Fishing Disaster of 1881

By Peter Aitchison

Format: Multiple Formats

A gripping account of the worst single fishing disaster where 189 men were lost in a single afternoon. Told as a gripping narrative of survival when Eyemouth was the centre of a massive smuggling ring. Told through the fishermen and their families who waited for them, Black Friday provides adventure, suspense, crime, and great humanity.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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Black Friday is the astonishing true story of a coastal community that lost 189 men in a single afternoon. Britain's worst fishing disaster decimated the coastal community of Eyemouth, yet is an almost forgotten part of the past. One hundred and twenty-five years on, this is the story of that storm, told through the accounts of fishermen at sea caught up in the maelstrom, of their families waiting anxiously for news, and of its historical context. At its heart is a gripping narrative of survival and high adventure when Eyemouth was the centre of a massive smuggling ring. Author Peter Aitchison does more than simply spin a good yarn: as a direct descendant, his account of how these fishermen plied their trade, led their lives and met their fate in the 1880s is an insightful and compelling read. Previously published as: Children of the Sea.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 5 Apr 2018
SKU 9781912476237-grouped
Number of Pages 320

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'Aitchison produces a vivid picture of a disaster waiting to happen'

'a gripping read'


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