The Transformation of Scotland, 1707
Previously published as Children of the Sea, Black Friday tells of Scotland’s equivalent to the ‘Perfect Storm’ and its tragic aftermath.
‘Aitchison produces a vivid picture of a disaster waiting to happen’ Daily Mail
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‘Aitchison produces a vivid picture of a disaster waiting to happen’ – Daily Mail
‘a gripping read’ – The Scotsman
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. 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.