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The Inn at the Top: Tales of Life at the Highest Pub in Britain
The Inn at the Top: Tales of Life at the Highest Pub in Britain
by Neil Hanson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest , amusing & entertaining insight into remote Yorkshire Dales life - highly recommended, 18 Sept. 2013
The cover quote from Gervase Phinn describes The Inn at the Top as "massively readable" and he's right. The book's an engaging mixture - warm and funny, and full of quirky characters - but with lyrical descriptions of the landscape too, and the author's love of the Dales and its people really shines through.


The Sweethearts: Tales of love, laughter and hardship from the Yorkshire Rowntree's girls
The Sweethearts: Tales of love, laughter and hardship from the Yorkshire Rowntree's girls
Price: £3.77

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real working womens' lives & experiences written in a captivating account, 15 April 2013
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Unlike an earlier reviewer, I loved this book. The stories of five women are set against the era and the Rowntree's chocolate factory where they all worked, but the characters are always centre stage - and what characters they are. Madge is my favourite. She suffered hardships that today's generation would scarcely believe. The slum housing in which she spent her early married life did not even have lighting, let alone heating or plumbing - the only light sources were a gas mantle in one room and candles in the rest of the house - and her husband was a drunken, violent brute, but like the others, Madge showed the resilience and spirit to rise above all her troubles and the story of her happy later years brought a different sort of tears to my eyes.


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