I have lived around Manchester all my life. I started work at the Ship Canal in the days when the docks were full of ships from all over the world. We didn’t appreciate at the time that we were a part of the nation's industrial heritage. The paintings of Lowry, and particularly Anton Vallette, have been a big influence on my writing. There is a permanent exhibition of them at the Manchester Art Gallery. The paintings are so atmospheric. Those times should never come back, but I have a slight nostalgia for the swirling fogs and soft-edged, soot covered buildings. The stories and places of Northern England are our heritage. I try to do justice to them and to lives lived in our towns and streets.
Published: June 30, 2011.
Fiction » Historical » General
Lancashire cotton, Queen Victoria and Buffalo Bill. In 1896 cotton bestrode the world. Suzannah from Savannah and Ben from The Peak District are drawn into Manchester. Can they escape the malevolent entwines of Mr. John and the smart young men of business? Can Suzannah escape her small cotton town roots. Will she succeed?