This is the story of the life of Robert Blincoe, a man who worked in a cotton mill as a child and wrote a book about it. At first it made me think, why is there a book about it, if he's already written his biography? But this book is good as it adds the historical context and what was happening in the wider world. Robert Blincoe starts as an orphan in a London workhouse, and is sold to a cotton mill owner in the north of England. While he's there he endures terrible conditions, and suffers from various health problems. When he finally leaves the mill, he does odd jobs in similar factories and mills, and then gains enough money to be able to own his own small mill. Along the way the book describes the general situation in society, how they viewed child labourers and the actions of Parliament to stop child labour. It is an interesting book as it details the conditions in the mills, the efforts to stop it, and the alternatives available to both the workers and the factory owners. There was something about the style that I wasn't too keen on but it was a very interesting book. Recommended for anyone who is interested in 19th century history of industrial Britain.