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The Glace Bay Miners' Museum (Audiobook)
The Glace Bay Miners' Museum (Audiobook)

The Glace Bay Miners' Museum (Audiobook)

Duration:  1h 15m Abridged
Pub Date: January 1, 2001
BTC Audiobooks  /  Fiction  /  Novels
Audio CD:   9780864922618    $12.95
Audio Cassette:   9780864922595    $12.95

Margaret McNeil has lost a father and a brother to the coal mines of Cape Breton. Her grandfather's as good as gone with the black lung, and her mother carries so much bitterness she might as well be buried alongside the lot of them.

In this powerful love story set against the darkness and disasters of mining life, Margaret MacNeil tells the joyful, heart-scalding story of her hard-handed family and her rebellious love for Neil Currie, a miner by trade and a bagpiper for the joy of it.

The Glace Bay Miners' Museum has been adapted both for stage and for film. The film adaptation, released in 1996 as Margaret's Museum, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Clive Russel, and Kate Nelligan, won critical acclaim and a fistful of awards, including a "two thumbs up" from Siskel and Ebert.
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Sheldon Currie (b. 1934), a native of Reserve, Cape Breton, and a resident of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, taught for many years at St. Francis Xavier University. "The Glace Bay Miner's Museum" first appeared in the collection, The Glace Bay Miner's Museum (Deluge, 1979). It was the basis of the feature film, Margaret's Museum, which Currie subsequently rewrote as a novella, and it is included in the collection, The Story So Far (Breton Books, 1997).

Mary Colin Chisholm narrates the story with humour and pathos. A frequent stage and television performer, Chisholm starred in the stage adaptation of The Glace Bay Miners' Museum.


"Mary Colin Chisholm is wonderful as Margaret . . . perfect for the character." — AudioFile

"The main narrative is, well, dead-on, complete with a deliciously Gothic ending even the masters might envy . . . both outrageously funny and deeply sad." — Globe and Mail