Mary barton-Elizabeth Gaskell   Leave a comment

This is a classic often overlooked, which I was looking to read as part of my ‘1001 books to read before you die’ list. It appeared on Netgalley in a new publication, so it was a perfect choice for me to read and review.

Mary Barton is a young girl living in industrial victorian Manchester. Her father still grieves the loss of her mother, and is involved in the new union movement in the local factories. Mary is in love with the factory owner’s son, who is purely looking for some fun. Mary is adored by Jem Wilson, a family friend.

When the factory owner’s son is killed Jem is the immediate suspect. Only Mary believes in his innocence and has to race against time to prove his innocence.

This was Gaskell’s first novel, published in 1848. She was very interested in the chartist union movement and it appears in her more famous novel, ‘North and South’ also.

I was very surprised by the novel, I had no expectation of a murder mystery in the storyline. The book is wordy and long, as was typical of the time, but it is not hard to read. I really enjoyed reading this book.

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Posted December 16, 2017 by dianne7 in book review

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