The Boy with Flame Coloured Hair by Steve Ward

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Workhouse runaway Thomas Braithwaite is offered a job in the stables of a local landowner. Here he develops a close friendship with Priscilla, the daughter of the house, much to the jealousy of lecherous bully Noah Clayton, the head stable boy. When Priscilla is viciously assaulted and Clayton murdered Thomas goes on the run. But why?

Workhouse runaway Thomas Braithwaite is offered a job in the stables of a local landowner. Here he develops a close friendship with Priscilla, the daughter of the house, much to the jealousy of lecherous bully Noah Clayton, the head stable boy. When Priscilla is viciously assaulted and Clayton murdered Thomas goes on the run. But why?

 

He finds a place of safety with Pablo Fanque’s Circus until one day his flame coloured hair is recognised and he is arrested. Brought before the court he is charged with the assault and murder. But will he be found guilty? And will he ever be reconciled with his friend Priscilla?

 

Set against the vibrant and colourful backdrop of the Victorian circus, The Boy with the Flame Coloured Hair is a story of lost innocence and love, of tragedy and success, and of how a boy finds his way in life.