Williver’s Luck by Alice Mary Hadfield lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Chatto & Windus, 1964, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Maps ; Number 1 in the series.
From the cover: It is 1788. The Williver family, once prosperous but now farming a small-holding in Gloucestershire, send their thirteen-year-old son Tom to Cirencester market. Tom sells the goods he has been trusted with but is cheated of the money by a confidence trick. Ashamed to go home penniless, he takes a job with a crooked village innkeeper. There follow a series of adventures involving travelling glassblowers, Boulton and Watts Soho Manufactory, a thieves gang, and a Black Country canal and coal mine that eventually lead Tom to the capture of the man who had robbed him, and the threshold of a career. The life of the time forms a vivid background throughout the book, showing how people lived what they ate, what they talked and wrote about the wind of revolution blowing from France and the revolution at home that was changing mens lives through new inventions and machines.
This is the first of The Williver Chronicles: stories for the 12-14 age group, which will trace the history of the Williver family generation by generation within the setting of British and Commonwealth history from the eighteenth century onwards.
In the Williver Chronicles series.
Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier fading to the spine and wear to the spine ends. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned with a stain to the margin of the last two leaves.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
191 pages. 8″ x 5″.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Childrens category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…