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Fire Mountain : How One Man Survived the World's Worst Volcanic Disaster

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On 8th May 1902, the citizens of Saint-Pierre, Martinique, huddled together in their spectacular cathedral of Notre Dame. Mont Pelee, the island volcano that had remained dormant for so long, had suddenly come alive. Within minutes the city had been destroyed along with its 30,000 inhabitants. The only apparent survivor was Ludger Sylbaris, a twenty-seven-year-old labourer who had spent the previous night in Saint-Pierre jail. Sylbaris was taken on by P.T. Barnum's famous circus and became a minor celebrity as he toured America recounting the horrors of the explosion. "Fire Mountain" is the thrilling story of that fateful day, the complex political events that played a part in the tragedy and a fascinating history of the island itself.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 18mm | 199.58g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 074756843X
  • 9780747568438
  • 2,173,933

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'As a miniature study in colonialism and as an lesson in what happens to enlightened values under duress - almost an adult Lord of the Flies - his book is hard to beat' Financial Times 'Peter Morgan is an able storyteller, giving good detail on the social and political life of the island' The Timesshow more

About Peter Morgan

Peter Morgan is a reporter for ITN's Channel Four News. He has written several plays for radio and theatre. His first radio play won the Society of Authors new writing award for 2000.show more

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