The men who worked British Columbia's mines have passed into history. Coal Dust In My Blood is a moving account of one coal miner's life, in plain, evocative language. But this book is much more than a personal memoir. Bill Johnstone's mining career spanned several decades and he worked in a wide variety of positions. His broad insights reveal important aspects of the history of coal mining in BC.
Bill Johnstone spent 52 years in the mining industry. After his retirement, he wrote many articles on mining as well as this book. He reached his 100th birthday in 2008.