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The Silk Factory (Paperback)
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A beautiful and eerie story of love and memory from the author of The Moon Field.

Anyone who's ever lost someone is haunted

Rosie Milford inherits a house in an old silk factory after her mother's death and moves there with her young children. The discovery of a shocking truth about her own childhood, when she is already reeling from the breakup of her marriage, fills her with distrust and fearfulness. Then she starts seeing a strange child, wandering in the garden, who seems as lost as she is.

In 1812, silk master Septimus Fowler has grand plans to keep his factory in step with the industrial revolution: he will plant mulberry trees, rear silkworms and import new mechanized looms. Orphan Beulah Fiddement works as a bobbin winder and has secrets that the master would go to any lengths to get. Caught up in a dark adult world of illicit love, rebellion and revenge, Beulah must put away her childhood and draw on all her spirit to protect those she loves.

Beulah's story of guilt and bravery will echo down two centuries and change Rosie's life as she struggles to overcome the hand of her own past and find redemption.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007523016
Number of pages: 388
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


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`There is so much to love about The Silk Factory - an utterly compelling story, a fascinating setting, characters you care about deeply. Judith Allnatt is a wonderfully warm and empathic writer, with a real feeling for the thread of the uncanny that runs through our lives' Margaret Leroy author of The Soldier's Wife

'Fascinating and tender' Catharine Arnold, author of Globe: Life in Shakespeare's London

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`Deeply engaging and unsentimental...really memorable' CHARLES PALLISER, author of The Quincunx

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“Excellent Dual-Time Haunting Novel”

We are transported back in time to the early 1800’s to an English silk factory. Both the profit driven owner and the poor who work there struggle to make a living. In the present we have Rosie a divorced mother of two... More

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