Hindley's review is right in describing this as " A gripping historical account of the East Lancashire Riots by Loombreakers in 1826". But it is much more that. I know of no work that describes the suffering of skilled workers displaced by machinery, and the treatment of the accused in 19th century England with as much detail and humanity as this. How they were treated in Lancaster castle's prison, how they were tried with no right to speak, the conditions on hulks, on the transporting ships and what happened to them in Australia. An outstanding work, detailed, yet an unputdownable read. Telling of the price paid by ordinary people in the creation of the British Empire and the "Workshop of the World" It should be in every home and school library.