Blogs in November 2022

A Mother’s Christmas Wish 20th November 2022

‘I hope this Christmas is better than last year’s.’ Following a scandalous affair, wayward Emma Devaney is sent in disgrace from her home in Ireland to Ryhope, where she will live with her widowed aunt, Bessie Brogan, and help...

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Saltwater 13th November 2022

Shortlisted for the Portico Prize. When Lucy wins a place at university, she thinks London will unlock her future. It is a city alive with pop up bars, cool girls and neon lights illuminating the Thames at night. At...

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The Miner’s Lass 12th May 2021

‘You’re a Dinsdale lass, Ruby. Nothing and no one keeps us lot down.’ A life of poverty in a cramped pit cottage is all that seventeen-year-old Ruby Dinsdale has known. Even with her father and younger brother working at...

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The Paper Mill Girl 18th May 2020

‘She’s just a paper mill girl.’ Seventeen-year-old Ruth Hardy works long hours at Grange Paper Works, with her younger sister Bea, and spends her free time caring for their ailing parents. Their meagre income barely covers their needs, so...

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The Tuppenny Child 18th May 2020

‘She’s not worth more than tuppence, that child!’ Those are the words that haunt Sadie Linthorpe. She is the talk of Ryhope when she arrives there, aged seventeen, alone, seeking work and a home in the pit village. But...

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