We Lived a Life and Then Some

We Lived a Life and Then Some

The Life, Death, and Life of a Mining Town

By Charlie Angus and Brit Griffin, Illustrated by Sally Lawrence and Rob Moir



Based on in-depth oral interviews with local residents, and rich archival sources, We Lived A Life and Then Some relates the common person’s struggle to overcome harsh working conditions and government neglect. The unique culture of the hardrock mining town of Cobalt is exposed through the eyes of retired miners, young welfare mothers, and grade-school children. Angus and Griffin reveal why, in spite of great adversity, Cobalt remains a distinctive and cohesive working-class community.

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A fast-moving, highly readable tale.

– Mick Lowe, Northern Life