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The Grim Smile of the Five Towns

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THE GRIM SMILE OF THE FIVE TOWNS is a collection of short stories, based on the Potteries district of Staffordshire.
Paperback, 164 pages
Published November 5th 2008 by Serenity Publishers, LLC (first published 1907)
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Rob Blackmore
I have been meaning to read some of Bennett's work, and rather than dive into one of his novels (Clayhanger etc), I thought I'd try some of his short stories; and this book is a collection of tales from 'The Five Towns' that forms the setting for much of his writing.

Although written over a century ago, Bennett's style is very readable. Some readers may find his use of North Staffordshire dialect jars a little (Yes, thou dost lad!), but I think it adds a touch of colour to his characters.

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Sally Tarbox
really enjoyed these tales set in Potteries in late 19C- there's four stories about Vera Cheswardine, wealthy young bride who constantly overspends her allowance and resorts to subterfuge...then we meet Sir Jehoshaphat who hates the portrait he's been presented with, and tries to get rid of it...and poor, virtuous young Horace who accidentally injures little brother Sidney, and is in the latter's thrall for the rest of his life as a result...Very readable
Really enjoyed these stories.
It just shows the grim realities told with humour across the classes of society!
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Enoch Arnold Bennett (always known as Arnold Bennett) was one of the most remarkable literary figures of his time, a product of the English Potteries that he made famous as the Five Towns. Yet he could hardly wait to escape his home town, and he did so by the sheer force of his ambition to succeed as an author. In his time he turned his hand to every kind of writing, but he will be remembered for ...more
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