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Enjoyable read but not a long read. Having spent my formative years in the shadow of Pendle Hill the story is not unfamiliar.
However to me this book is just a reworking and dramatisation (insertion of lots of sex) of the excellent "Mist Over Pendle" by Robert Neill first published in 1951. Many of the same characters and storyline appear in the Daylight Gate whilst some from Mist Over Pendle, including my namesake Richard Baldwin are omitted.
"Mist Over Pendle" is a far better read and if you can get hold of it "Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth is pretty good too - although being published in the 1820 some of the dialect is difficult for non locals.
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Initial post: 23 Aug 2012 15:49:43 BDT
George Stevenson says:
The Daylight Gate The old uns are often the best! Is that why a successful modern author nevertheless feels the need to mine their books and make use of their material?
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2012 15:53:25 BDT
Malcolm N. Baldwin says:
yes but just seems lazy to me - take the good bits add a bit of sex and violence and hey presto a "best seller"
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2012 23:29:53 BDT
Mrs. Julie M. Aspin says:
is it perhaps because the 400th anniversarybandwagon is in town - or is that being cynical !
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