Book: Tizzie by p.d.r. lindsaycategories: Book, Victorian Yorkshire, Dales Farm Life, Strong Female Character, Fight for Freedom, Victorian Farm Life, Women's Rights, Slavery or Freedom, Victorian Women's Life, Victorian Village, Quaker Influences, Historical Fiction
p.d.r. lindsayabout this book: I was a little bit of a Tizzie myself when it came to my family, but in my teenage years I had a friend whose life was so different from mine I soon found out what my family were doing to me. I was the whipping boy to be blamed and picked on by my siblings, with my mother's contrivance. I escaped. Now how to see that this character, who popped into my head and demanded I told her story, found freedom from her family.
It is amazing how the creative brain works. I had heard my maternal grandmother's tales of the Yorkshire Dales. I had had a recent visit to Yorkshire and heard those accents and the dialects again. Those ideas and stories all came together as this 29 year old dairy maid, Elizabeth, unkindly called Tizzie by her eldest brother. She did not understand what her brother and his wife had done to her, and were planning on doing. They were family and family looked after each other. That's what Tizzie did. What would make her lose her rose tinted spectacles and see her family behaviour truly? Her niece, turning ten, and suddenly being forced to leave school and work with Tizzie when her heart was set on being a school teacher. Tizzie loved Agnes as if she were her own daughter.
I fought the ending and tried to write it as I wanted it, but Tizzie had her way. Which makes, my readers and writing colleagues tell me, a better book.
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