About the e-book

On Saturday, October 12, 1912, a suspicious fire broke out deep underground in a copper mine on Tasmania’s rugged west coast.
The fire released huge amounts of black smoke and carbon monoxide into the workings.

Odourless and invisible, science was only just beginning to understand carbon monoxide’s insidious effects on the human body.

The gas caused hallucinations, muscle paralysis, unconsciousness, seizures and death. Men affected by it behaved as though drunk, “were argumentative” and “disinclined to obey orders”.

Fifty men managed to retreat to the relative safety of a cavern 1000ft below the surface, where they were trapped for five days.

Brimstone: The North Lyell Mine Disaster is the story of the fire, rescue operation, media frenzy and official inquiry as it’s never been told before.

After 100 years, ‘Brimstone’ represents the most detailed non-fiction account of a tragedy which captivated an entire nation; a tragedy with so many twists and turns that even a full Royal Commission could not reach a conclusion as to its cause.

Was it an electrical fault? Was it carelessness with an open flame?

Or was it revenge?

One thing is certain: the tales of bravery, ingenuity and self-sacrifice that emerged from the disaster should have ensured its retelling in every Australian history class from that time to this.

However, sandwiched between the loss of the Titanic in April, 1912, and news breaking of Captain Scott’s death in the Antarctic in February, 1913, the details of the North Lyell disaster — and its heroes — have largely been forgotten.

When WWI broke out in 1914, many of those who survived North Lyell, along with the sons of the district, were killed on the front lines at Gallipoli and in western Europe.

Their stories have never been properly told.

Until now…

Brimstone: The North Lyell Disaster is available via Smashwords and at online ebook retailers like Amazon and Apple’s iBooks store.

This ebook can be downloaded for many popular ereaders, including iBooks on the iPad, Amazon’s Kindle, as well as the free Kindle or Aldiko apps on both Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.

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  1. Lois says:

    Looks very interesting!

  2. Will it be available in ‘printed book’ format???

    • Hi Carol,
      No, not at this stage. I have no publisher, but I may attempt to seek one in the future. I have been working on this for a few years now and my goal was always to have it ready for the centenary of the disaster on October 12. I wanted to meet that goal with or without a publisher. Plus, I figured if I can generate some interest through an e-version, it might be easier to attract a publisher in the long run.

  3. Chris Reeve says:

    Luke – what a great story – I really look forward to reading it on release!

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