Buy new:
RRP: £10.99

This is the retail price by the manufacturer or importer of the product. Amazon confirms the relevance of this RRP, on a quarterly basis, compared to prices charged by at least one competitor or Amazon.
Learn more
Save: £1.66 (15%)
& FREE Returns
Return this item for free
  • Free returns are available for the shipping address you chose. For a full refund with no deduction for return shipping, you can return the item for any reason in new and unused condition.
  • Learn more about free returns.
FREE delivery Saturday, August 20 on your first eligible order to UK or Ireland. Details
Or fastest delivery Tomorrow, August 18. Order within 14 hrs 21 mins. Details
In stock.
As an alternative, the Kindle eBook is available now and can be read on any device with the free Kindle app. Want to listen? Try Audible.
££9.33 () Includes selected options. Includes initial monthly payment and selected options. Details
Initial payment breakdown
Delivery cost, delivery date and order total (including tax) shown at checkout.
Your transaction is secure
We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Learn more
Dispatches from
Sold by
Dispatches from
Sold by
Return policy: Returnable within 30 days of receipt
Item can be returned in its original condition for a full refund or replacement within 30 days of receipt
Share <Embed>
Have one to sell?
Kindle app logo image

Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more.

Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.

QR code to download the Kindle App

Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Follow the author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain Paperback – 12 May 2022

4.6 out of 5 stars 427 ratings

Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
£7.99 £8.67
. Terms | Shop items
Great on Kindle
Great Experience. Great Value.
iphone with kindle app
Putting our best book forward
Each Great on Kindle book offers a great reading experience, at a better value than print to keep your wallet happy.

Explore your book, then jump right back to where you left off with Page Flip.

View high quality images that let you zoom in to take a closer look.

Enjoy features only possible in digital – start reading right away, carry your library with you, adjust the font, create shareable notes and highlights, and more.

Discover additional details about the events, people, and places in your book, with Wikipedia integration.

Get the free Kindle app: Link to the kindle app page Link to the kindle app page
Enjoy a great reading experience when you buy the Kindle edition of this book. Learn more about Great on Kindle, available in select categories.
Note: This item is eligible for FREE Click and Collect without a minimum order subject to availability. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you subject to availability.
  • Choose from over 20,000 locations across the UK
  • FREE unlimited deliveries at no additional cost for all customers
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more

Enhance your purchase

School Books
From pre-school to A-levels, find School Books for all ages Shop now

Frequently bought together

  • Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain
  • +
  • Operation Pedestal: A Times Book of the Year 2021
Total price:
To see our price, add these items to your basket.
Choose items to buy together.

Special offers and product promotions

  • Buy at least 4 items of your choice and save 5%. Offered by Shop items

Product description


‘[A] rich social history … Given coal’s image, a popular history might seem a foolhardy undertaking. Yet Paxman’s book could hardly be more colourful, and I enjoyed every page enormously … A mining community, as Paxman points out, was not just a place of dirt and danger. It was a “place where you slept and ate, visited the doctor, fell in love, had your children and entertained yourself” … One day soon, Paxman says, we may forget it was ever there. But his book does a fine job of bringing it alive, and deserves the widest possible readership’
Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

‘A rich seam of history … Coal made Britain top nation, but we don’t talk about it much … Much more than the story of an industry: it is a history of Britain from an unusual angle, vividly told, that throws new light on familiar features of our national landscape … Paxman’s fine narrative powers are at their best in his account of [miner’s strikes] … From its beginnings to its end, the industry that made our country what it is, for good and ill, was a brutal business. Paxman is determined that we should not forget it’
Emma Duncan, The Times

‘[A] terrific history … Paxman is not afraid to call out poor behaviour … A rich seam for acerbic Paxman’
Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

‘A really interesting, timely book’
Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2

‘The history of coal in Britain might not sound immediately gripping, but it was. Paxo brings it all to life – the men, women and children toiling in the dark, in conditions no one could endure today. The courage of those communities shines from every page’
Conn Iggulden, Daily Express

‘Filled with fun facts … Jeremy Paxman is particularly good at explaining why coal mattered so much. He has a sharp pen, and a good eye for detail’
Daily Telegraph

‘Paxman tells a good story and he doesn’t mind who knows it. Ebullient and condescending at the same time, he is particularly good on set pieces’
New Statesman

About the Author

Jeremy Paxman was born in 1950 and studied English Literature at Cambridge. Unable to get another job, he became a BBC reporter and then a studio presenter. Over a quarter-century on Newsnight, he revolutionised the cosy relationship between interviewer and politician and, more than any other interviewer, took the side of the viewer against the guest. He is also quizmaster on University Challenge, has written and presented television series such as Empire, The Victorians, Great Britain’s Great War, and is the author of numerous articles for many publications . He has also written many books including the best-selling The English, On Royalty and Friends in High Places. In his spare time, he enjoys fly-fishing.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Collins (12 May 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0008128367
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0008128364
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Customer reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 427 ratings

About the author

Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations.
Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

Discover more of the author’s books, see similar authors, read author blogs and more

Customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5
427 global ratings

Top reviews from United Kingdom

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 October 2021
15 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 January 2022
13 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 October 2021
15 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2021
9 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 October 2021
6 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 October 2021
10 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 October 2021
6 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 August 2022
2 people found this helpful
Report abuse