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Manchester Man

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Manchester Man by Isabella Varley Banks is a captivating historical fiction novel that delves into the life of the working class in 19th century Manchester. The story follows the protagonist, Jabez Clegg, as he navigates the challenges of poverty and adversity in a rapidly industrializing city.

Banks paints a vivid picture of Manchester during this time period, depicting the harsh realities faced by the lower classes and the stark contrast between the wealthy industrialists and the struggling workers. The author does an excellent job of highlighting the social and economic injustices of the time, as well as the resilience and determination of the working class to improve their lives.

The characters in the novel are well-developed and relatable, making it easy for readers to become emotionally invested in their struggles and triumphs. Jabez Clegg is a particularly compelling protagonist, as he strives to overcome his circumstances and make a better life for himself and his family.

Overall, Manchester Man is a thought-provoking and engaging read that sheds light on a pivotal period in history. Banks' writing is eloquent and evocative, transporting readers back in time to experience the sights, sounds, and emotions of 19th century Manchester. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction or social justice themes.

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Jabez Clegg, the Manchester man, floats into this historical novel in 1799, carried downstream by the River Irk in flood. Jabez's rise to commercial success mirrors the rise of the city at the heart of the industrial revolution. Mrs George Linnaeus Banks (nee Isabella Varley) weaves a web of historical fact and fiction in a fast-paced story built around the rivalry between the Jabez and his nemesis Laurence Aspinall, and the fate of Augusta Ashton, who is loved by both but loves only one. An entertaining fictional journey through the early 19th century history of the city of Manchester, the book also has serious points to make about women's choices and domestic violence.

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