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The Drayton Legacy (1986)

by Rona Randall

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En el apasionante y difícil mundo de las pujantes industrias alfareras de la Inglaterra del siglo XVIII, Joseph Drayton, maestro alfarero y cabeza de familia, coge las riendas de la industria familiar para resarcirla del deterioro a que su padre, un hombre romántico y soñador, la ha precipitado.Pero la desmedida ambición de Joseph le lleva a enfrentarse con sus hermanos:Martin, un joven de gran talento para el diseño de modelos de alta calidad, a quien Joseph impone un leonino contrato de aprendizaje y le somete a draconianas reglas de obediencia; y Jessica, una muchacha emprendedora, de carácter independiente e indomable voluntad, que, tras un poaso en falso que amenaza con destruir su vida, lucha con todas sus fuerzas para forjarse una existencia de plenitud junto a su marido, Simon Kendall, un hombre sensato y noble cuyos proyectos de canales para mejorar las vías de comunicación fluvial en la región tal vez le deparen fama y fortuna.
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An historical novel set in 18th century Staffordshire with the rapidly industrialising potteries, where Joseph Drayton, Master Potter, runs the family business, untrammelled in his private ambitions, ambitions which include Meg, a gipsy girl who slaves in his turning sheds, but not his gifted younger brother Martin. Martin is bound by indentures to work for five years in Joseph's pot bank but longs for the day when he comes into the Drayton legacy and can express his artistry in a more personal way and in this he is helped by his friend Simon Kendall, the canal digger, a humble genius who can neither read nor write but whose vision as an architect and engineer transforms the potteries trade.
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