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Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives: The Industrial Revolution in Lancashire

Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives: The Industrial Revolution in Lancashire [Kindle Edition]

Sue Wilkes
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Working families in Victorian Lancashire had few choices. Work; starve; or face the workhouse and the break up of their family. Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives recreates everyday life for textile workers, canal boat families, coalminers, metal workers, navvies and glassblowers using contemporary eyewitness accounts and interviews. It depicts the dire state of towns and the dreadful hazards workers faced on a daily basis. Who was the 'knocker-upper'? Why did families eat 'tommyrot'? Why couldn't 'Lump Lad' sleep soundly in his bed? Men, women and children endured incredibly long working hours in appalling conditions - but their toil helped make Britain 'Great'.

About the Author

Sue Wilkes was born in Lancashire. Her grandmother and great-grandmother worked in the textile industries; her grandfather and great-grandfather were colliers. Sue read Physics as Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3411 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (31 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G8OBO0M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #730,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sue Wilkes was born in Lancashire; she has lived in Cheshire since 1981. Sue read Physics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She is a member of the Society of Authors. Her new book,' A Visitor's Guide to Jane Austen's England', will be published by Pen & Sword in October. Her next project is 'Regency Spies' for Pen & Sword's History imprint. Read Sue's blogs at and

Sue's first book 'Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives' (History Press, 2008), recreates everyday life for working families in Victorian Lancashire during the Industrial Revolution. Her second book,'Regency Cheshire' (Robert Hale, 2009), tells the story of county life during the age of Beau Brummell, Walter Scott and Jane Austen. Her third book 'The Children History Forgot' (Robert Hale, 2011) explores children and young people's working lives during the late Georgian and Victorian eras.
Her most recent books,'Tracing Your Ancestors' Childhood' (Pen & Sword, 2013), 'Tracing Your Lancashire Ancestors'(Pen & Sword, 2012)and 'Tracing Your Canal Ancestors' (Pen & Sword, 2011) are guides for family historians.

Sue Wilkes writes for adults and children, and contributes regularly to magazines in the UK and USA. Her specialities are social and industrial history, literary history, and family history. Sue is also a creative writing tutor specialising in non-fiction. She is married, with two children. Sue is a Jane Austen fan. She loves country walks and exploring Britain's history.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing alive our industrial past! 12 Mar 2008
I really enjoyed this wonderfully researched book, which provides a fascinating insight into the lives and conditions of working people from our not too distant past. I love the way Sue Wilkes describes and sets the scenes - I could almost smell the squalor! The stories of individuals are told with empathy and make touching tributes to the heroes and heroines who often gave their lives in the name of progress. A must read for anyone interested in history. I wished I'd had this book in my history teaching days for there is much that ties in with the curriculum and would make the subject come alive for pupils.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful view of the Northern way of life 25 Feb 2008
Fascinating glimpse of social behaviours in the industrial age. I found it engrossing - couldn't put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars JD 4 July 2010
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Excellent book, well presented in a format that allows it to be read as time permits without losing track.
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