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The novel is set between 1869 and 1876 and takes place mainly in a remote area of the Yorkshire Dales, most of the action being at Ribblehead, where the Ribble Valley meets the road between Ingleton and Hawes. Here at this time a barren and sparsely populated area (Batty Green) became the focal point for a huge influx of labour to build a section of the Settle-Carlisle ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Janus Publishing Company
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Mar 06, 2010 Dennis Brickles rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of historical fiction or anyone interested in Yorkshire history or the history of railways.
Recommended to Dennis by: The author gave me a copy.
At 336 pages this is by far the most substantial novel I have come across about the building of the Ribblehead Viaduct in the 1870s. The author combines his fictional plot with many sections about the actual building process and he deserves credit for having clearly done a lot of good research into what went on at Ribblehead that decade, including the unpleasant aspects such as smallpox and accidents leading to many funerals nearby at the church in Chapel-le-Dale. Thus we get a picture of events ...more