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The Hired Man

Cumbrian Trilogy Book 1

By Melvyn Bragg
Read by Malcolm Sinclair

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Bragg's acclaimed story of one family's experience of the social and cultural upheaval of England as it moves into the twentieth century.

Set in Cumbria and covering the period from 1898 to the early twenties, this is the powerful saga of John Tallentire, first farm labourer, then coal miner, and his wife Emily. John's struggle to break free from the humiliating status of a 'hired man' is the theme of a novel which has been hailed as a classic of its kind - as meticulously detailed as a social document, as evocative as the writings of Hardy and Lawrence.

(P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • ISBN: 9781473623453
  • Publication date: 03 Dec 2015
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  • Imprint: Sceptre
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