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Monday, 7 May 2012

Novel No.1 set in the Toon, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UK

Over the next three consecutive blogspots we will be recommending three individual, wonderful and very different novels set in the North East of England, in and around Newcastle upon Tyne.
Our first choice is:

Wedlock by Wendy Moore 

Moore transposes the historical Mary Eleonor Bowes (distant relationship of the Queen Mother) into a living, breathing woman, suffering Domestic Abuse at the hands of her new husband. It follows in detail her trials and tribulations through her marriage, her struggles to find her niche as a woman in the 18th century, and her courage to escape oppression at the hands of Irish Lothario and second husband Andrew Robinson Stoney (from whom we get the expression stoney-broke). Wonderfully evocative of Georgian England and the North East.

It is still possible to visit her original ancestral home, where much of the book is set, at Gibside Chapel and Gardens

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