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The Black Thread [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Muir
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Set in the north of England in 1895, and reflecting the style of a Catherine Cookson novel, THE BLACK THREAD is: “A well written story with mysterious twists and shocking turns that gives a feeling of factuality rather than fiction.” Jean Beven, “Canal Cuttings”.

Amy Dodd has never met her father but longs for the day when he will come home. But when that day finally arrives her real nightmares begin. After the death of her mother, she alone suffers her father’s abuse. Unable to survive under such conditions, Amy runs away and after trudging for days along the tow path of the Leeds/Liverpool Canal, she is taken in by a passing barge. For a while, she finds safety with the bargee and his wife, and is befriended by a young engineer who worked at the mill. But Amos Dodd is a cunning man and his intentions are evil. He pursues his daughter relentlessly and will stop at nothing until he finds her.
But when Amy is suddenly confronted by the shocking facts of the mystery surrounding her past, she is compelled to return along the tow path to Leeds, even if it means stepping back into the lion’s den.

THE BLACK THREAD is a dramatic story, set in the dark days of the Yorkshire canals in 1895.
“A fast-paced historical novel. The story-telling is taut and smartly plotted. The canal research is good and it really shows.” Andrew Denny, “Granny Buttons”.

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'Well researched and intriguing, this book takes you back in time.'
-- Katie Fforde, author

From the Author

By the end of the nineteenth century, the era of canals and horse-drawn barges was already waning. In this novel, I have tried to paint a picture of life on the canals at that time.

Though the story is set mainly on a canal short-boat, the Yorkshire mill town of Saltaire, with its Florentine-style architecture, also provides a striking backdrop.
The unique funicular tramway at Shipley Glen, which attracted thousands of visitors to the town over 100 years ago (and still operates today), also features significantly in the story.

The Black Thread is a dramatic tale which will be of particular interest to lovers of canal boats and the British Waterways. The historical details of Saltaire, Salts Mill and the Shipley Glen Tramway at the end of the nineteenth century, should appeal to lovers of history.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 332 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005R2IBWA
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Grindelwald; 5 edition (19 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in England, but living in Australia, the author has been writing for ten years.
"The Unfortunate Isles" is the fourth book by M.C. Muir in the successful "Under Admiralty Orders" series. Inspiration for these stories comes from a love of the sea and tall ships.
Muir's other works include four historical novels set in Yorkshire and various shorter publications including some for younger readers published under the by-line Margaret Muir.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Thread by Margaret Muir 17 Aug. 2012
By Erin
Format:Kindle Edition
The Black Thread by Margaret Muir is one of those gorgeously rare stories that keeps bubbling along with unfolding detail designed to capture and tease all who take pride at being able to visualise what will come next.

Set in Yorkshire just prior to the 20th century this book will engage the reader with beautiful descriptive local detail woven into a well timed fictional saga of deprivation, loss, escape, fear and discovery. Plus The Black Thread holds an extra treat via a very standard build-up to the usual happy-ever-after being interrupted and replaced with the most unexpected and grandly wonderful catch and capture imaginable. Simply marvellous; five stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a book to put down till later 6 Feb. 2013
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Very well wrote. Enjoyed the era and hardships of that time were so real. Apart from that I just love an happy ending
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4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting story 22 July 2013
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A story with a good plot the descriptionby the author made for a good read, highly recommended will choice another
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Thread 14 Jun. 2013
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Nice to read a book that I can accurately visualise for real as I live in Leeds and know all the areas mentioned that weave through the story. Very well written, thrilling with it's twists and turns and a happy ending - top marks to the author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story 6 April 2013
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This book has it all,there is family trauma,history re engineering,canals,mills and margaret has a good knowledge re this era.and she tells a good story,it is very well written,and I enjoyed it as much as her last book I read which was Through Glass Eyes.
I will definitely be downloading more of her books. Would like a second book to follow the story.
Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars boring 16 Jun. 2014
By lynb
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Just about manage to read the whole book ,got really bored with the story line i wish i hadnt bought it
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent story 4 April 2014
By jane
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Loved this story and a free download. Was intrigued by the author as she lives in tasmania.a place I've always wanted to go. Enjoyable read Catherine Cookson style . will definitely read more by this author. Highly recommended.
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