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Captain Swing and the Blacksmith Beatrice Parvin

Captain Swing and the Blacksmith By Beatrice Parvin

Captain Swing and the Blacksmith by Beatrice Parvin


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Summary

The story begins in 1839 and the West Country is in the grip of poverty, haunted by memories of the Swing riots nine years before when labourers smashed and burned property in a desperate attempt to increase starvation wages.

Captain Swing and the Blacksmith Summary

Captain Swing and the Blacksmith by Beatrice Parvin

Beatrice Parvin's debut novel Captain Swing and the Blacksmith, is set in the West Country in the 1840s, a time when the area was in the grip of poverty. It's haunted by memories of the Swing Riots 10 years before, when labourers caused extensive damage in a desperate attempt to increase starvation wages. Sue Trindall, the protagonist, is a character shaped by the trauma of the riots and the devastating effects that the riots had on her community. Sue, a 17-year-old laundry presser, lives in Amesbury with her alcoholic father, a man known for his talent for persuasion. When Sue's father is asked by protestors to write threatening notes signed `Captain Swing', his family's fortunes are changed forever. In order to earn money after her mother's death, Sue starts selling buttons. One day, after finding a pair of pearl buttons embedded in mud outside the Town Hall, her fortunes start to look up. The attention of an apprentice blacksmith, Jack Straker, promises a brighter future. But when Jack abandons Sue in favour of her wealthy friend Eleanor, and she loses her precious buttons as a result of her father's actions, Sue leave Amesbury, pregnant and devastated. And thereby begins her fight for survival... Beatrice's book takes inspiration from British folk music and tells the story of working class people through the songs that they wrote and sang. The book can be accompanied by a collection of traditional and original tracks, performed by talented musicians, including the esteemed folk singer Emmie Ward and singer/songwriter Rebecca Hollweg. One of the accompanying tracks was the final piece of music written by Dave Swarbrick, fiddler and songwriter for Fairport Convention. Captain Swing and the Blacksmith will appeal to fans of historical fiction and those with a local interest in the West Country.

Additional information

GOR011530649
9781788035293
1788035291
Captain Swing and the Blacksmith by Beatrice Parvin
Used - Like New
Paperback
Troubador Publishing
20170828
400
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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