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The Mill

Bill Westhead

Published January 3rd 2005
ISBN : 9781413746143
Paperback
208 pages
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By 1846, the Industrial Revolution is in full swing. For the first time, technology is devastating an established way of life, as machinery annihilates a cottage industry. The sufferings of those involved are highlighted in this rags-to-riches story.MoreBy 1846, the Industrial Revolution is in full swing. For the first time, technology is devastating an established way of life, as machinery annihilates a cottage industry. The sufferings of those involved are highlighted in this rags-to-riches story. At age twenty-eight, Jack Holroyd, son of a wealthy, mill-owning family in northern England has, by financial mismanagement and youthful arrogance, bankrupted the family business and ruined his marriage. Now thirty, he barely survives as a handloom weaver struggling for work against local factories with their faster and more profitable power looms. Despite living in constant fear of the workhouse, he is determined to regain his status as a mill owner. Then destruction of his dandy shop starts a chain of events that seem guaranteed to wreck his ambitions. As he strives to climb the social ladder, he discovers much about himself and his earlier outlook on life.