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A Spider's Thread Across the Tay [Kindle Edition]

Mary Edward
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

During a fierce storm, a train carrying seventy-five people is hurled into the Firth of Tay when the bridge it is crossing collapses. Everyone on board is killed. It is the night of 28th December 1879.
Long before the incident, Andrew Mason, a jute mill owner and a reluctant shareholder in the venture had been sceptical and worried. Constructing the proposed, single track railway bridge over the yawning gap of the Tay Estuary seemed an almost impossible task.
The story is told showing a catalogue of mismanagement, poor workmanship and use of inferior materials, leading to dramatic incidents and fatal accidents plaguing the workforce. As dreaded by Andrew, after only 18 months, the disaster occurs. He has been a voice in the wilderness and now his worst fears have been realised. His life is full of conflicts and traumas. He has a love affair, a wife addicted to laudanum and Spiritualism and he faces the hostility of his many notable contemporaries in the rapidly growing town of Dundee.
A Spider’s Thread Across the Tay is a work of fiction, but the story of the Tay bridge disaster is real. The tragedy and the lives of the people it touches are vividly brought to life through the eyes of Andrew Mason.

A Spider's Thread Across the Tay was written by Mary Edward, multi-award winning author of Who Belongs to Glasgow

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About the Author

Words – reading, writing (and talking) are Mary Edward’s greatest loves. To this end she spent many years at Glasgow University, gaining two degrees and a diploma before she finally left, to enter a profession which was also all about words – teaching, developing teaching packages and talking to others involved in education. Now she writes mostly fiction, and before becoming president of the Scottish Association of Writers she won several of their trophies – The Pitlochry, The TC Farries and the Helensburgh Shield, in addition to many short fiction prizes there and elsewhere. She is the author of Who Belongs to Glasgow? a well-received history of immigration to her native city and she publishes short stories and articles, does a great deal of adjudication of other people’s work and speaks about the craft to writing groups. She is an editor for New Voices Press, the publishing arm of the Federation of Writers, Scotland. The Spider’s Thread is one of several long pieces Mary has written, and one which ticked all the boxes of her enthusiasms – the fascinating research into the events surrounding this unforgettable tragedy and the creation of the fictional context in which to tell the story.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Author Way Limited (22 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #328,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 26 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. I was impressed by the seamless interweaving of fact and fiction, which meant that as well as enjoying the story I learned about some of Dundee's social history, especially the jute industry, about the building of the Tay Bridge and its tragic collapse. I hope this author writes a sequel - I'd love to know what might happen next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A combination of history and romance 10 Aug. 2013
By Izzy
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is fascinating because not only does it give you a real insight into the building of the bridge but it takes a character and creates a life for him. His disintegration and downfall mirror the events surrounding the collapse of the bridge. The characters are realistic and the history is woven into the plot seamlessly. Excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for Unsung Heroes 10 Aug. 2013
By Jeanie
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I will never cross a bridge, built around this era, again without inwardly giving thanks to those who lost or risked their lives to have them built. This includes those whose vision they were, those who raised the finances and those who physically built them. This wonderful novel is based on facts and that makes the story all the more remarkable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that's well written and enjoyable 7 Aug. 2013
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What a delight to read a well-written, well-crafted book at such a reasonable price. From the Prologue, which gives us a factual account of the last minutes of the disaster, to the surprise fictional ending, I quickly became involved in two stories.
As a new-comer to Glasgow I had read the author's `Who belongs to Glasgow?' which shows, through extensive research, how the vibrant, multi-cultural community of Glasgow came into being.
In `A Spider's Thread' this attention to historical accuracy is again reflected, this time woven in with a gripping fictionalised but highly credible story.
Although the historical ending is no surprise - the Bridge still collapses - the fictional part of the story left me wanting to know what happened to Andrew, a man with a conscience, so I look forward to the sequel.
This is an author who knows how to write.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 25 Sept. 2013
By Freda
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Anyone who enjoys a novel which is well written, has an intriguing storyline and as a bonus one learns of an actual historical event, will want to read this book. Mary Edward has that special talent in her writing of combining wonderful character development and a an eye for detail in the setting of her work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable historic drama 12 April 2014
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While it's not my normal fare (crime, sci-fi, fantasy and historic war.action in the mold of Hornblower and Jack Aubrey) I enjoyed the characterisation and the lingering suspense as the bridges inevitable collapse loomed closer. I'm not a history buff, but I did feel immersed in the times and surroundings and it got my emotions going on the side of he main characters - the style seemed to fit and was reminiscent of the few classics from that era that I have read, which I think helped to get me into the spirit of the time.
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