Spirit of Springhill: Miners, Wives, Widows, Rescuers & Their Children Tell True Stories of Springhill’s Coal Mining Disasters

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My grandfather survived one of the biggest disasters in coal mining history. I’ve been working on a project about Springhill, Nova Scotia for a long time based on what I learned about what happened to him and many other good men of Springhill. I wrote a screenplay called Song of Springhill, a dramatized version of the Springhill Mine Disasters. I am also currently penning the novel version.

In the process of researching the story, I got the chance to talk to many wonderful people related to the disasters: miners who were miraculously rescued, their wives and kids, widows and children of those who were lost in the mines, and rescue workers. I’m releasing this book of interviews separately now while I’m still working on the novel.

Spirit of Springhill is written in honor of this special town, and contains interviews with 16 men and women. It’s 132 pages. Special thanks to all who were willing to share their stories for this book and for the ways their stories have helped me work on the novel and screenplay. I’m honored to have met these wonderful people, some of whom have passed away since I interviewed them. My hope is this book is a way to share their legacies for generations to come.

Spirit of Springhill is now available as a Paperback or an Ebook for Kindles, tablets, phones and computers. If you don’t have a Kindle, all you need is the free Amazon Kindle Reader software for your phone, tablet or computer to read it instantly.  The ordering instructions for Paperback and Ebook are different, depending on if you’re in Canada or the United States.

 Canada Residents:

You can purchase the Paperback version from the following link to Cheryl’s Bookstore on Createspace: (Createspace is a division of Amazon.com that will send the book to Canada. You will need to create an account with them separate from your Amazon.ca account.)

Click Here to Buy Spirit of Springhill in Paperback from Cheryl’s Createspace Store

If you buy one copy of the book ($10), it’s approximately 6.99 shipping. Duties and Taxes might not be collected at time of purchase but may be due upon receipt. If you buy copies of the book in bulk, shipping is less per book. (Example: 10 copies = approx. 2.09 shipping per book.) For any stores or museums in Springhill that would like to stock the book for purchase by others, contact the author for a bulk discount code before ordering: cheryl@purplepenworks.com

The Ebook version is available on Amazon.ca in Canada:

Click Here to Buy Spirit of Springhill in Ebook Format from Amazon.ca

For U.S. orders, use the following links:

Spirit of Springhill (PAPERBACK VERSION)

Spirit of Springhill (KINDLE VERSION)

All other countries, check your country’s Amazon site for the Ebook. It may be a couple of months before the Paperback may potentially show up.

I hope you are as inspired as I have been by the spirit of this special town that refused to give up on any of its own people, and the miraculous rescues that followed. I will continue to press forward with the novel version and announce once that is ready.


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5 comments on “Spirit of Springhill: Miners, Wives, Widows, Rescuers & Their Children Tell True Stories of Springhill’s Coal Mining Disasters

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  2. Congratulations, Cheryl, from a former Springhiller. I left there in the mid 80’s but still enjoy keeping up with the happenings of the old home. I don’t usually read romance novels but would certainly be interested in Spirit of Springhill…. I enjoy reading the “inside” stuff. Will be ordering a copy soon!

    • Thanks Mike! Sorry it took a while for me to see your note? Not sure why I didn’t get an alert. My dad is from there. I really enjoy learning about the history of the place.

  3. Hi Cheryl..I would be very interested in purchasing a copy of your book…I grew up in Springhill,lived on the Smith farm in Rodney and remember the 58 explosion very well…I was getting the cows ready for milking when the explosion hit ,the roof of the barn i thought was caving in,when i got outside I looked toward the mines and saw the timber hundreds of feet in the air..a very sad time…Thank-you..

    • Thanks for the kind words, Weldon, and sharing your story. My dad also heard it (I think from the pool hall.) He was 14 at the time. The books can be purchased on Amazon.ca if you are in Canada.

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