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“It is the intention of the proprietors to meet below the tower at Brusselton near West Auckland, about 9 miles west of Darlington, at eight o'clock A.M. and after inspecting the inclined planes proceed at nine o'clock precisely to Stockton-upon-Tees, where they will arrive about one o'clock.” “Four hours to do twenty-six miles? Impossible!” Set in Regency England, “No. 1” ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published August 30th 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 6th 2014)
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Barbara Scott-Emmett
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book free from a Giveaway and meant to leave a review a while back. Typically, life got in the way and I forgot.

I really enjoyed reading about the history of the railways and the mines and all the details of the time. There's a lot of research gone into this and it shows without being obvious - that is, it's not presented in a dry instructional way but in a lively manner that gives a feel of the whole period.

The characters come alive and the dialogue is entertaining and believab
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bananya
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have been remiss in not writing this review sooner! I received this book as a goodread giveaway and I LOVED IT. It was part story telling but the history involved re: railways was inspiring. Many terms I did need to look up or had to read a bit more until it became clear.
I loved loved the characters! I felt each one could have had their own novel - look into this Tony Stowers!
I was sad when we moved onto a new vignette because I wanted more of the person I'd just met but had to let go of too
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John
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I also won my copy on Goodreads and I can not say it much better than "Barbara Emmett" was SPOT on with her review. So that someone else can enjoy this I will be paying it forward as I do with most my GoodReads win and give this to a friend to enjoy. ...more
Alison Lane
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An interesting read.
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Tony Stowers was born into a working class family in North East England in 1963. A love of literature, a supportive English teacher, school pantos, theatre and writing sustained him through his early years, despite getting up to all manner of trouble associated with disenfranchised youth in small towns. In 1979, against his better instinct, he signed up for an apprenticeship but was fired in 1981 ...more

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