Waterfront Blues


The rise and fall of Liverpool’s dockland

The story of Liverpool – warts and all – written with warmth and passion. Seen from the perspective of the working people of the docks and their dockland communities. A book of rare insight and compassion.

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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. 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. The 1941 Blitz killed his own parents. His grandmother, Lizzie brought him up in the Scotland Road area. 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

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