Life in the Raws : Memories of a Shale Oil Village

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While canvassing for the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 Neil Findlay made a discovery. Visiting the home that used to be his grandparents , he was shown a plywood panel where John Jock Findlay, his grandfather, had written his life s tale.

This is Jock s story. Jock grew up and grew old in the West Lothian village of Pumpherston a village dominated by one industry, shale oil mining. In his own words he describes the good times, and the hard times, of living and working in Pumpherston. This is a story about a Scottish industry, a village and, most of all, a community.

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