This compelling novel is based on authentic accounts of the Luddite risings in Yorkshire in 1812.
William Arkwright, the master of Liversedge Mill, is a man of determination and initiative, one of those manufacturers who are to earn for England the proud title of Workshop of the World. He is also, as his stepsister's new governess Mary Lister quickly realises, a lonely man. But these two are destined to clash. Mary's indignation is aroused by Arkwright's autocratic will. On his side, Arkwright suspects Mary of being connected with the dreaded Luddites. Her cousin, John Booth, sympathies with the workers, who fear the new machines that threaten their livelihood. In trying to help them, Booth brings himself into danger, and Mary into a bitter conflict of loyalties.
Through violence and bloodshed, the master of Liversedge comes at last to a love that can dispel his loneliness: and to the realisation that men are not simply units of labour, but human beings with needs and rights.
Signed first edition. Price clipped. Published 1966
Very good condition for age
Some bumping to corners of DJ