In telling a tale of Lancashire life Frances Hodgson was on familiar ground. Brought up in the world's first industrial city she would have been all too aware of the lot of working women - whether they toiled in the coal pit or a spinning mill.
However, she did not begin to write until the family migrated to America following her father's death and their subsequent fall into poverty as a result of the Lancashire Cotton Famine caused by the American Civil War. Here she married Swan Burnet in 1872.
That Lass O' Lowrie's was her first novel, but by no means her worst. A dark portrait of pit village life and yet a joyous and uplifting read.
Published to raise funds for the Working Class Movement Library, Salford, M5 4WX.
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