The Hills of Rothbury
Derek Wiley gives his readers 360 new verses on one very old theme. More
In 1830 an upstart meets a lonely Lady during the building of her Greek Revival mansion in Northumberland. The convoluted consequences are related separately many years later by the characters who together caused them. In their attempts to come to terms, through keeping diaries, they reveal the mismatch between the staid and the daring, between passion and property, complacency and change. The young intruder, Tom Storey, the fisher lad from down on the coast, with designs only a little above his station, was in no way a fortune-hunter. He was kind and fair to everyone he met. Ah, but then, aren’t we all, kind and fair, when we set forth, in jaunty hat and stick and a new pair of boots, along the leafy lanes that take us up into The Hills of Rothbury?