RETURN TO JARROW
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Published by MacLeod Trotter Books
- Available in paperback ISBN 978-1-908359-05-6
- Available as an ebook ISBN 978-1-908359-04-9
- Large print edition available - published by Magna.
- Audio edition available - published by Soundings.
ReturnTo Jarrow, Janet's ninth saga, concludes the bestselling trilogy that
began with The Jarrow Lass
and continued with A Child of Jarrow.
Catherine McMullen, or Kitty as she is known, is seventeen,
restless and rebellious. Resentful of her mother Kate's new
husband, she yearns for stories of the father she never knew. Catherine
is sure he must have been special as her mother risked everything
for him. But when her gossipy aunt divulges that he was a wealthy
gentleman, it only serves to heighten Catherine's discontent with
Jarrow - the grimy, impoverished town she calls home.
Eager to catch a glimpse of the lifestyle that might have been
hers, Catherine takes a position as a lady's companion in a grand
house. But her illusions are shattered when she realises she has
been employed as no more than a skivvy. She decides to try for a
job as an officer in charge of the laundry at the notorious workhouse.
There her young eyes are confronted with the horrors and indignities
of poverty, and she becomes even more determined to rise above her
Braving the ridicule of fellow staff, Catherine embarks on a quest
for knowledge. Soon the ill-educated and streetwise Kitty McMullen
is a ghost from the past, and the well-spoken, well-read Catherine
leaves the north-east to follow her dreams. But hardship and heartbreak
are not far behind, and there are battles to be fought and won before
the child of Jarrow finally comes home.
'An excellent period work'
Bournmouth Daily Echo
'Her finest yet - a wonderfully moving, deeply emotional
The Daily Record
'Penmanship of the highest quality ... This is a story of
warmth and despair, based on facts and places and with excellent
characterisation. It is a delicate yet strongly-woven book of biography
and imagination. Rich in narrative, which twists and turns on every
page. It touches many raw nerves of human experience. It should
satisfy both the Cookson addict and those lovers of a good story.'
The Newcastle Journal
'If anyone can claim to be the new Catherine Cookson then it
must surely be Janet MacLeod Trotter. Her new powerful saga
of a restless, rebellious working-class girl of 17 who experiences
the horrors of the workhouse and the harshness of life in service
and whose one desire is to escape the impoverished town of Jarrow,
is inspired by Cookson's early life. And her writing, like Cookson's,
can inspire laughter and bring a tear or more likely make you rage
at an age when destitution and degradation were considered to be
the lot of the common people. This is a story to burn itself into
'This is a powerful and compelling saga'
Bolton Evening News
'It is powerfully and skilfully written, and keeps you interested
until the end'
The Sunderland Echo
I have just finished the last book and didn't want that to be
the end! I felt I had lived the whole experience ,it was so
B.C. via website
'Dear Janet OH I am so glad I have found you, my husband has
been very ill and YOU have helped me over the last six weeks to
take my mind of things, ONLY the dear late Catherine could have
done that BEFORE I met you, I have all her books, now you are my
new wonder I am telling all my friends about, MOST say OH haven't
you read her before.
THANK YOU you are a wonder with the pen, I am into genealogy so
every thing your write gives me a vision of how life must have
been for people in that far off days .
THANK YOU very warm regards'
Margaret - NOTTS UK
'I have been searching for an author I can enjoy reading since
my beloved Catherine Cookson's life came to an end. I am so
pleased to have found you, I have everything she wrote and am now
starting a new collection ...... your books ..... Long may your
writing skills last Janet, there is nothing better than a really
good read, I am approaching 70 and have always loved reading, thank
you for providing lots of material for me to go at. All that is
good for you and yours.'
Joyce Culver - Lemon Tree Passage, NSW, Australia
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