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Black Country Orphan

(2021)
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Black Country Orphan is a moving story of the courage and strength of women, by the Sunday Times bestselling author Annie Murray.

The early 1900s: Cradley Heath, a town in the Black Country near Birmingham and centre of the world’s chain-making trade.

Lucy Butler, a young girl crippled by a cruel accident, lives with her two brothers and widowed mother, a chain-maker barely making ends meet. When tragedy strikes, the Butler family is separated and Lucy is taken in by Bertha Hipkiss, another impoverished chain maker, struggling to look after her own family.

Lucy, while feeling the loss of her own family, relies on the company of Bertha’s two sons, charming Clem and straight-laced John. Though clever at school, Lucy knows she must leave and earn her keep, working many hours in the backyard forge. The five women toiling side by side, inevitably have their own friendships and squabbles. But they’re united in their hatred of loathsome middleman Seth Dawson, who treats the women with contempt, and keeps their pay punishingly low.

But by the 1910s, there is a movement stirring, as across the country workers begin unionising for their rights. For Lucy, Bertha and the women of Cradley Heath, the promise of a better life seems almost too much to hope for - and the fight may end up costing them everything . . .

Genre: Sagas

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Hardback Editions

February 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: Black Country Orphan
Author(s): Annie Murray
ISBN: 1-5290-1179-5 / 978-1-5290-1179-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Paperback Editions

April 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Black Country Orphan
Author(s): Annie Murray
ISBN: 1-5290-1180-9 / 978-1-5290-1180-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

April 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Black Country Orphan
Author(s): Annie Murray
Publisher: Pan
Availability: Amazon   


April 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Black Country Orphan
Author(s): Annie Murray
Publisher: Pan
Availability: Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

April 2021 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Black Country Orphan
Author(s): Annie Murray
Publisher: Pan
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 2021 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Black Country Orphan
Author(s): Annie Murray
Publisher: Macmillan
Availability: Amazon AU