Don’t miss Rebecca Bryn’s latest historical novel! The human story behind the industrial revolution.
It’s been a long time coming, but I’m delighted to say The Chainmakers’ Daughter is finally here. Set in 1900s England in the midst of the industrial revolution, we find Rosie Wallace and her family working in the sweat shops of the Black Country. Life is relentlessly hard for ten-year-old Rosie as she struggles to do the family chores and help her mother make chain in her backyard forge. The average wage for a man working the chain factories is about twenty shillings a week. The average wage for a woman, working the same hours – about fifty-four a week – is four shillings. (forty-eight pennies)
A loaf of bread costs three or four pennies, rent of their tiny home is almost five shillings, the cost of fuel for the forge is thruppence a basket, and all they can afford is bread and bacon fat to live on – as…
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