The Mill Children is a graphic account of the awful conditions suffered by small children working in the cotton mills of the early 19th century, and the campaign headed by Robert Oastler to improve hours and conditions in the industry. Focusing on the lives of two runaway mill children, the author takes them to work as servants in a large household, and their further adventures involve the harsh realities of a life at sea, and the inhumane treatment of those deemed to have mental health problems. Cleverly written so that you hardly realise you are learning early victorian social history, this is an engaging and exciting book, (if a wee bit Mills and Boon-ish at times), and for those of us who live near Scarborough, there is an extra treat as she describes much of her tale in the local area. A really great read, and hard to put down, even if it won't win any great literary prizes!!