Former Star editor publishes novel
For readers of Mr Brigginshaw’s previous books – compilations of his humorous column Our Crazy World published in The Northern Star for over 20 years while he was the editor, his latest book is a dramatic change of pace.
“Over My Dead Body is a deadly serious book,” he said.
“It’s about the Great Depression, which I feel is pretty apt, because you can see a great similarity in what is happening in the world today and what happened in the 1930s when I was a kid growing up in the coal fields at Ipswich.”
The novel broadly follows the life of Mr Brigginshaw’s father, a coal miner who died of dusted lungs.
The book takes its title from the father who warns his sons: “You will only work in the mines over my dead body.”