The Waggoner

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
A young lad grows up in a small farming community in Worcestershire.His name is James, and through his ability with horses, he makes his way from local farming to develop his livelihood in the Industrial Midlands. This is the story of his life and that of his extensive family. More

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About Chris Bullock

Chris Bullock was born in 1950 in the heart of the Industrial Midlands in Staffordshire. Educated at Wednesbury Boys High School and then received a B.A. degree in Mathematics at York University, he started a career in Computing/Information Technology in 1971. Married in 1974, to Barbara, and bringing up his family in Derby sparked off his interest in genealogy.
After moving home, on promotion, to Cardiff, Wales and then subsequently to Cambridge with his employer, British Telecom, he retired from his career after 27 years, whilst living near Colchester.
His interest in Family History then prompted the desire to create interesting and entertaining stories around the dry bones of his genealogical research, and Bridget Coen, his great, great grandmother, was dramatically reborn in his debut historical romance.
In his spare time, Chris keeps chickens and ducks, practices the violin, does wood turning and travels around Europe.
More recently I have become an active potter and show at a variety of exhibitions. For more details of my work see

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WyrdStar reviewed on Feb. 9, 2012

I picked this book out of nostalgia for the English Midlands, particularly as it’s been a while since I’ve read anything set in my native Black Country. This was an entertaining read and is clearly written on the back of a lot of research; though this often resulted in some paragraphs reading like encyclopaedia entries. The episodic story has a nice pace and the book offers an interesting glimpse into life in the industrial Midlands during the canal-building mania (and later railways) of the industrial revolution. It is however somewhat lacking in drama, as the family that the story follows ultimate enjoy a fairly cosy existence considering the harsh reality of life for the working class at that time!
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
Jonathan Maxfield reviewed on Dec. 21, 2011

I have just finished reading your book the Waggoner and I really enjoyed it. It helped broaden my understanding of what great changes that my ancestors who lived in Coseley, Tipton, Wednesbury & Darlaston must have faced with the coming of the Canals and Railways. I also liked how you explained how people coped with the changing circumstances even though the work was hard and diease was everywhere. Sometimes i think we forget that there were many occasions where life wasn't all about work and I enjoyed your account of Bilston Wake and how people coped with relationships.
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)
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