The Fenlands, 1954. It is a tough winter and the floods are the worst anyone can remember. Most people have lost everything but for Jimmy Devlin, forced from his home by an uncompromising bailiff, the prospect of work digging drains could be the opportunity he’s been waiting for. But before long, he’s caught up in the wrong business with the people from the fairground passing through town, and on the run from the law, he has nowhere else to turn.
|Publisher||Black Swan; 2019|
GATHERING THE WATER
Sent to oversee the flooding of the Forge Valley, Charles Weightman is resented by the locals who are desperate to save their homes. He finds some solace in the enigmatic Mary, a neighbour who is also an outsider.
Branwell Brontë - unexhibited artist, unacknowledged writer, sacked railwayman, disgraced tutor and spurned lover -finds himself unhappily back in Haworth Parsonage, to face the crushing disappointment of his father and his three sisters, whose own pseudonymous successes - allegedly kept secret from him – are only just becoming apparent.