Running Against the Tide

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It is 1800, and Ginny Marcombe is the son her father, Josiah, never had. She works with him in his shipping firm in the East End of London, but when the son of a friend arrives with plans for a new type of ship that will fit the new West India Dock that is being built, Josiah sees wedding bells. Not interested in domestic pursuits, Ginny resists, wanting to remain a businesswoman. And then she meets Edward, a lighterman, and far beneath her in status.

As Ginny’s story winds its way to a conclusion, helped not a little by an engaging younger sister who is not above blackmail to get her own way, incident is piled on incident – the press gang, a fire, deaths, a birth – giving a picture of what life was like in the early 19th century for the richer magnates and the poorer ferry boat men. Joanna Barnden is a creative writing tutor and short story author. This is her first full-length novel, and is a well-written, pleasant read, although for me it did lack a certain period atmosphere despite the well-researched historical detail.

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Century

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(UK) 9780719807404

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Hardback

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224

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