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The Hourglass Factory: A Novel - Lucy Ribchester

Oh, but this was so very, very good.

 

Britain in 1912 was an interesting place. Class barriers were slowly eroding, the trade unions were becoming powerful, and workers were striking for better pay and conditions. Horses were being replaced by automobiles, and women were making it known that they no longer considered their place was in the home and they would like a say in how the country was run.

 

I actually studied this period of history at school and I found myself returning to my old books to check up on facts. And Ms Ribchester's research was spot-on. 

 

The story itself is great, and I felt so angry on Frankie's behalf as she tries to make her way as a serious journalist rather than being confined to the 'women's pages'.