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Children of the Mill: True Stories From Quarry Bank

David Hanson

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Prose: non-fiction, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

Channel 4's The Mill captivated viewers with the tales of the lives of the young girls and boys in a northern mill.

Focusing on the lives of the apprentices at Quarry Bank Mill, David Hanson's book uses a wealth of first-person source material including letters, diaries, mill records, to tell the stories of the children who lived and worked at Quarry Bank throughout the nineteenth century.

This book perfectly accompanies the television series, satisfying viewers' curiosity about the history of the children of Quarry Bank. It reveals the real lives of the television series' main characters: Esther, Daniel, Lucy and Susannah, showing how shockingly close to the truth the dramatisation is.

But the book also goes far beyond this to create a full and vivid picture of factory life in the industrial revolution. David Hanson has written an accessible narrative history of Victorian working children and the conditions in which they worked.

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David Hanson

David Hanson is a former television drama producer who has worked on series including Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Grange Hill and Brookside.

He has written a number of books including Access All Areas: Coronation Street.

A consultant on the Channel 4 series, The Mill, he knows the Quarry Bank Mill extremely well and is an authority on its archive.

David was born in Manchester in 1957. The father of five sons, he now lives in Cheshire.

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