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Publisher Comments:

When Harriet, a working-class girl who, with her friend Mary has left her coastal job of collecting and gutting fish, stops on a bridge in her newly adopted home in York, she is approached by an upper-class gentleman. Samuel is a Quaker, a good soul, and a man interested in the new science of photography. He also collects photographs of working-class girls in their working clothes. Samuel invites the girls to come to his friend's studio. While Mary is almost instantly lost to the art of photography, Harriet, a sturdier sort, goes on to get a job in the Quaker-owned Wetherby's Chocolate Factory. She soon catches the eye of a young clerk who is one of the favourites of the owners and through him discovers the deadly rivalry between the chocolate-makers.

Samuel is also taken with the young Harriet, though because of class, he watches her from afar, until his sister — "mad Grace" locked away in an asylum — becomes part of their mutual story.

Set in York in the early 1900s, The Sweetest Thing is a true Victorian novel with a large cast and wonderfully intriguing subplots, set at a moment of great social change.

Review:

"The Sweetest Thing captures all the mouth-watering sweetness of desire (for freedom, for cocoa, for a face in a photograph), as well as the dusty grit it leaves on the lips." Emma Donoghue

Review:

"[R]ichly researched, warmly characterised and admirably humane." Daily Mail

Synopsis:

A brilliant historical novel about working girls and upper-class men; about photography and chocolate factories; about mad women and Quakers.

About the Author

Fiona Shaw lives in York. She is the author of the extrarordinary memoir of post-natal depression, Out of Me.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781860499876
Author:
SHAW, FIONA
Publisher:
Virago
Location:
London
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Photographers
Subject:
Quakers
Subject:
Working class women
Subject:
Chocolate industry.
Subject:
York
Copyright:
Series Volume:
02-400
Publication Date:
20030116
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Pages:
441 p.
Dimensions:
198 x 126 in.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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Product details 441 p. pages Virago - English 9781860499876 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Sweetest Thing captures all the mouth-watering sweetness of desire (for freedom, for cocoa, for a face in a photograph), as well as the dusty grit it leaves on the lips."
"Review" by , "[R]ichly researched, warmly characterised and admirably humane."
"Synopsis" by , A brilliant historical novel about working girls and upper-class men; about photography and chocolate factories; about mad women and Quakers.
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