Anna Jacobs' vivid new Lancashire saga introduces us to the world of the music hall
Carrie Preston is used to hard work – oldest of ten, with an incompetent mother and a drunken father, she struggles to find food for the younger children. But nothing prepares her for the day fate deals her family the cruellest of hands. In a harsh world, small acts of kindness bring great hope, such as Eli Beckett’s offer of a job at the Dragon pub. And with the great cities of England alive to the sound of music halls, the locals look forward to their own place of merriment when Eli’s uncle offers his nephew spare land for building a music room. But not everyone shares this excitement, and some will stop at nothing in the pursuit of selfish gain . . .