From Waterloo to Water Street, by SE Morgan

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West Wales 1843  Daughters of Rebecca are marching, breaking down toll gates that encircle Carmarthen. The  Welsh countryside is in turmoil; livelihoods destroyed by unfair tithes and taxes. The workhouse provides a starvation diet for the “deserving poor”.The people’s fight for fair-handed justice has begun. 

West Wales 1843

Daughters of Rebecca are marching, breaking down toll gates that encircle Carmarthen. The  Welsh countryside is in turmoil; livelihoods destroyed by unfair tithes and taxes. The workhouse provides a starvation diet for the “deserving poor”. The people’s fight for fair-handed justice has begun.

In the Newport Chartist uprising three years earlier, protesters were gaoled, transported and shot by a government afraid Wales might follow the path of revolution, like France.

Carpenter’s apprentice, clever but cautious Will, grapples with resentment that he will not inherit the family farm. Will’s jealousy increases when his handsome, radical older brother falls in love with his best friend, Ellen.

Cantankerous veteran, Thomas Lewis, is tormented by nightmares of the wars against the French in Spain and the Low Countries nearly thirty years earlier.

Could telling Will the story of his campaigns and battles with the 44th East Essex Regiment help Thomas find peace?

What will become of Will and his family when the uprising explodes around them?

 

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