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Captain Swing and the Blacksmith

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Beatrice Parvin’s debut novel Captain Swing and the Blacksmith, is set in the West Country in the 1840s, a time when the area was in the grip of poverty. It’s haunted by memories of the Swing Riots 10 years before, when labourers caused extensive damage in a desperate attempt to increase starvation wages. Sue Trindall, the protagonist, is a character shaped by the trauma o ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 28th 2017 by Troubador Publishing Ltd
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Debbie Young
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What strikes you first about this debut novel is the elegant cover with its intriguing title. Second is the generous addition of a soundtrack CD telling the story in folksong, without taking the price above what's reasonable for this size book and its production quality. Because I was reading this book in bed, I only listened to the CD after I'd finished it, but it provides a terrific sense of atmosphere from the period plus an extra layer of context to the narrative with its haunting traditiona ...more
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Captain Swing and the Blacksmith
Beatrice Parvin, Troubador, 2018, £9.99, pb, 364 pp, 9781788035293

Imber, England, 1843

​ Since 1830, threatening letters signed Captain Swing have incited agricultural workers to rebel against landowners for implementing work-saving inventions, particularly the threshers that have put so many out of work and sent thousands to the spike: dark, crowded workhouses that serve as repositories for the poor.

In Captain Swing and the Blacksmith, Parvin takes the reader in
Helen Hollick
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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'Engrossing, beautifully written, absorbing and in places, heartbreaking... a fabulous first novel,'
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Beatrice Parvin is a teacher, dancer and writer. She toured Europe and the Middle East with Balkan band, ‘Mukka’ and North African musicians, ‘Al Andalus’. ‘Captain Swing and the Blacksmith’ is her first novel completed after an MFA in Creative Writing at Kingston University.

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