For more than three centuries the port was at the very heart of Liverpool’s story. Foreign trade was the lifeblood of the economy, and the docks were full of ships from around the world. The people who found employment in Liverpool’s docks generally lived close to their work, and the dockland communities inshore were just as vibrant, noisy and jam-packed as the docks themselves.
Brian Towers was ideally placed to write a book about the lives and struggles of ordinary working people in Liverpool’s dockland. A university professor specialising in industrial relations, his ancestors had themselves been dockers and seamen in Liverpool. His own parents were killed in the 1941 Blitz, and he was brought up in the Scotland Road area by his grandmother, Lizzie. These familial and personal connections bring an intimacy and an immediacy to the story, rarely found in books from an experienced scholar.
This book tells the story of the rise and fall of the working communities of Liverpool’s docklands with rare insight, clarity and sensitivity.
Brian Towers, a professor of industrial relations, was born in Liverpool’s docklands. He died in 2009.
- Author: Brian Towers
- Binding: paperback with flaps
- ISBN: 978-1-85936-179-5
- Pages: 376
- Illustrations: maps and photographs
- Date of Publication: 30 September 2011
- Dimensions: 234 × 156 mm