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The first novel by the author who has been called Scotland's answer to Catherine Cookson: a story of love and ambition set in Lanarkshire in the 19th century. It continues in The Hiring Fair and concludes in The Dark Pasture.
The first novel by the author who has been called Scotland's answer to Catherine Cookson.
The Lanarkshire colliery village of Blacklaw is a harsh and unforgiving place, but it is home to the ambitious, hard-working Stalker family. Until the morning in March 1875, when a mining disaster takes a hundred lives and changes their life forever.
The underground explosions kills their menfolk, but not their ambitions, their pride or their love for one another. Drew Stalker is the young man on whom their hopes rest. But it is on his sisters Kate and Mirren that the burden of saving their family will fall.
A besteller since it was first published, this story continues in The Hiring Fair and concludes in The Dark Pasture.
I am very impressed...Jessica Stirling has a brilliant future before her - Catherine Cookson
Jessica Stirling's high reputation is well deserved - Manchester Evening News
She writes in bright colours with bold, confident strokes. - Glasgow Herald
Miss Stirling bids fair to become the Zola of Lanarkshire - Scotsman
Gripping - Glasgow Herald