‘I would place it among the classics of this century and the last’ Sally Bayley, author of Girl With Dove
If you tell a story oft enough
So it become true
As the nineteenth century draws towards a close, Mary Ann Sate, an elderly maidservant, sets out to write her truth.
She writes of the Valleys that she loves, of the poisonous rivalry between her employer's two sons and of a terrible choice which tore her world apart.
Her haunting and poignant story brings to life a period of strife and rapid social change, and evokes the struggles of those who lived in poverty and have been forgotten by history.
In this fictional found memoir, novelist Alice Jolly uses the astonishing voice of Mary Ann to recreate history as seen from a woman's perspective and to give joyful, poetic voice to the silenced women of the past.
"An exquisite piece of craft that conjures the warp and weft of the local textile workers whose history her protagonist narrates, bringing brilliant life to historical scenes and voices that would otherwise remain buried ... Akin to the ballads of Walter Scott and Walter de la Mare and the heroines of Mary Webb’s rural Shropshire’"