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The Hired Man - Melvyn Bragg

Paperback Published: 6th December 2001
ISBN: 9780340770900
Number Of Pages: 240

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Set in Cumbria and covering the period from 1898 to the early twenties, this is the powerful saga of John Tallentire, first farm labourer, then coal miner, and his wife Emily. John's struggle to break free from the humiliating status of a 'hired man' is the theme of a novel which has been hailed as a classic of its kind - as meticulously detailed as a social document, as evocative as the writings of Hardy and Lawrence. First published in 1969, it was widely praised by critics and later adapted for a successful West End musical by Howard Goodall.

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An intensely moving, deeply worked book - Sunday Telegraph

It is an extraordinary blend of delicacy and harsh simplicity which makes Melvyn Bragg a remarkable novelist. The perception with which he traces the currents of feeling between John and Emily, the gathering and receding of emotion, have a cumulative power of enormous conviction, a steady hardening of experience which is deeply unsetting and moving - The Times

A magnificently strong and sinewy novel - Sunday Mirror

ISBN: 9780340770900
ISBN-10: 0340770902
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 6th December 2001
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1