The Manchester Man
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About the Author
Mrs George Linnaeus Banks, nee Isabella Varley, was born in her parent’s shop on Oldham Street, in the centre of Manchester, on the 25th March 1821. Her father, James Varley, was a pharmacist and along with his wife, Amelia, took an active part in politics in the period before Manchester had any parliamentary representation. He subsequently served as a town councillor, alderman and magistrate. Isabella was brought up on tales of the town’s struggles around the fireside of an evening, and her relatives had first-hand knowledge of the infamous Peterloo Massacre which had taken place within half a mile of her home, less than two years before her birth. Such tales fuelled her interest in Manchester’s history and her work as a writer. She published her first set of poems in 1844 under the title of “Ivy Leaves,” although an early poem, “A Dying Girl to Her Mother,” had been published when she was sixteen years of age by the Manchester Guardian. She authored a number of books, including “Bond Slaves – A Story of Struggle,” dealing with the Luddite movement, although “The Manchester Man,” is her best known novel. Malc Cowle, Manchester 2012 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Meet Manchester in the 1800's. Fabulous read, the areas mentioned are still there! When the weather improves I will be walking that side of Manchester. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Read away
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good story with lots of historical facts included.Published 14 months ago by Janet Summers
Great book. If you are a Mancunian you should read this book, has a good history about the cityPublished 19 months ago by Andrea Turner
Quick postage, a book for those interested in the history of Manchester.Published 19 months ago by Wendy Gibson