The grinding poverty and severe moral codes of 19th Century Trawden form the backdrop for a newly-published novel.
Author Anne Wilson, a retired teacher, who put pen to paper after researching her family’s genealogy, says she found inspiration in the stories of her ancestors which gave her the motivation to write.
She uses the pen name Anne Booth. “The Booth name is important to me,” she said. “It is my link with my ancestors whose stories have a special place in my heart’.
Mrs Wilson, a mother of two, turned her research into a saga, the first story of which is “A Tragedy too Far”.
The main events in the book are factual. It tells the fortune of Hannah Blackburn, born out of wedlock and abandoned by her mother in favour of a new man friend.
Brought up by strict Methodist grandparents, she is determined not to make the same mistakes as her mother, but family history suggests all will not be well; an aunt brutally raped and an uncle a criminal.
“A Tragedy too Far” is available at The Bookshop, in Colne, from the publishers olympiapublishers.com and on Amazon. The paperback is £6.99.