Author Talk

In the Shadow of the Dynamite by John Millar book imageJohn Millar

“In the Shadow of Dynamite”

Carnegie Library, Ayr

Friday 28th May, at 7pm
Tickets cost £2  including refreshments

Stevenston historian John Millar has set his sights firmly on the most dramatic and prosperous period in the town’s history.

It was a period when the ‘bottom en’ o the toon’, the Ardeer peninsula, became a world centre of explosives manufacture.

The products of Alfred Noblel’s massive factory transformed the fire power of armies and gave civil engineers the tools to shape landscapes as they built roads and bridges.

But this book is about the people who lived and worked literally in ‘The Shadow of the Dynamite’.

The author, John Millar is a local and family historian.  He was born in Aldeer Square in 1923 and is well known as a writer and speaker on the history of this part of North Ayrshire.

Burns an' a' that logoSo the book, although it took four years to complete, is in many ways the fruits of a much longer period of research and a deep, affectionate interest in the towns and communities around Ardeer.


4 Responses to “Author Talk”

  1. R D Smith Says:

    I’m in South Africa: how can I obtain a copy of John Millar’s book?

    Many thanks for any assistance,


  2. David Says:

    Hello I would like to buy a copy of this book if possible.

    • South Ayrshire Libraries Says:

      Hi David, unfortunately, we don’t hold copies of this book in our libraries to sell. We are trying to find out if there is somewhere or someone who will have a copy available for you to buy. We will be in touch shortly if we have any success.

      Best wishes

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