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The Black Velvet Gown by Catherine Cookson
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The Black Velvet Gown (1984)

by Catherine Cookson

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Reading a Catherine Cooksoon book you know just what you are getting and this book is no exception.

It tells the story of Rhia who recently widowed has to leave her miner's cottage with her four children and try and build a new life. Times are tough and jobs hard to find so she has no choice in doing very long hard hours for little money.

The big story is the attitude to the family's ability to read and write which is seen by many as getting above their station. How they get round this is both sad and inspiring. ( )
  Northern_Light | Dec 20, 2016 |
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  gilsbooks | May 20, 2011 |
Another good book by this author. Also made into a TV series.

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This is the story of a mother and her daughter, often at odds with each other, facing the need to challenge and fight the prejudices of the 1830's in the north of England. Now a widow, Riah Millican must look for employment, preferably something that would provide her with a home.
The chance to become a housekeeper didn't work out, but it led to Moor House and a scholarly recluse obsessed with that very book learning that could open so many doors and yet create so many problems - especially with her daughter, Biddy, who was not only bright, but wilful too.... ( )
  mazda502001 | Jun 28, 2009 |
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The pit shaft would have been in their backyard if the pit rows had had a combined backyard, but they stood one behind the other, separated only by the ash-middens and the new innovation, the wooden-box privies.
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Biddy Millican learns to read and works her way up from laundry girl as she confronts and overcomes the prejudices of nineteenth-century England.

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