Nottingham 1811. With low wages and long working hours for Nottingham’s framework knitters, desperate men turn to direct action and machine breaking. And when a raid goes wrong and a man dies, someone has to pay the ultimate price. James Daniels, a friend of the condemned man, takes his son William to the public execution and from that day onwards young William develops a burning desire for justice and freedom. But when William befriends the headstrong daughter of a wealthy factory owner, little does he realise the dangers that lie ahead and the extent to which their contrasting backgrounds will affect himself, his family and their own futures.
It is against this grim background that Narrow Marsh is set. Whilst the characters are largely fictitious, the novel is set against real events of the time, such as the rise of the Luddites, the Pentrich Revolution and the reality of life in the worst of Nottingham’s slums. Narrow Marsh is intended to convey, as accurately as possible, the spirit of 200 years ago, when change was often viewed more with foreboding than optimism by many who saw their future imperilled by decisions over which they had little or no say. And yet it is indomitably about the spirit of human resilience and hope. And that is always with us, wherever we may choose to look.
‘One of the best novels I have read. The story just flew through my fingers and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.’ (East Midlands Arts)
‘A highly evocative story of early 19th century high and low life. At its heart, one of England’s most notorious slums. Unputdownable.’ (John Brunton, journalist and author)
‘The sense of overriding hope against unrest and misfortune will stay with you long after you finish this rewarding novel’ (Nottinghamshire Today)
Paperback. 256 pages.