Book: Under Gaslight by Michelle Warehamcategories: Book, Family, Reality, Poverty, Romance, Literature, WW1
Michelle Warehamabout this book: Learn about post-WW1 Industrial North England. Like Walter Greenwood's 'Love on the Dole', Under Gaslight is also set during troubled times.
It is 1918. The Great War is coming to an end, and Mary is holding hope her husband, Eli, a soldier, is still alive, although he has not written for three months. Worse still, Eli's army pay has vanished, and Mary's family is barely living on the breadline. At home, in a poverty stricken workers' town in the industrial North of England, there is Mary's mother Beatrix, who will never speak his name, and her daughter Grace, who barely knows it. As all three women share their story, Eli, husband, son-in-law, father, returns from the war severely injured. Under Gaslight tells of the fierce love between Mary and Eli, and the suffering and injustice of a family barely surviving on the edges of existence. It is a story of dignity, love and strength, set in the shadow of a war that will change the course of history.
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