Troubador The Horsekeeper’s Daughter

Released: 28/01/2018

ISBN: 9781788039741

eISBN: 9781788034968

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Covering the years 1880-1942 and chronicling poverty, exploitation, destitution, adventure, love, tragedy and an incredible coincidence, The Horsekeeper’s Daughter tells the true story of the County Durham mining village of Seaham, its people, and one remarkable woman. Twenty two year old Sarah Marshall left the Durham pit villages in 1886 and travelled alone to start a new life on the far side of the world. Spanning ten thousand miles, the narrative weaves between County Durham and Queensland, and explores the lives of ordinary folk who faced extraordinary circumstances.

The book unravels the social, political and economic factors which resulted in thousands of British women leaving their homes and families behind for the new state of Queensland, through the government-sponsored Single Female Migrant Programme. The prejudices, hardships and challenges these young women encountered on arrival in Australia are revealed. The experiences of Sarah and her family are paralleled with those of the loved ones she left behind in County Durham, as they faced their own struggles through times of political upheaval and financial deprivation.

Drawing upon family links, original letters and photographs, The Horsekeeper’s Daughter offers a unique perspective on the forgotten story of a working class girl, and the experiences of the hundreds of young North East women who left North East England who sailed to Australia to forge new lives in the late 19th Century.

Following a very successful book launch at the Dun Cow in Seaton Village, County Durham (one of the locations in the book), the first print run sold out in only 3 weeks. A second print run is promising to be equally as successful, and an e-book was released on 2nd February 2018.
You can listen to me talking about the book, and hear the first chapter here :
I'll be giving a talk about the social history behind the book at The People's Bookshop, Saddler's Yard, Durham on Saturday April 14th at 3pm. All welcome.

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Jane Gulliford Lowes

JANE GULLIFORD LOWES grew up in Seaham, County Durham and has a passion for the people, places and history of North East

England. A lawyer and a makeup artist by profession, she is the author of a popular history and travel blog The Horsekeeper’s Daughter is her debut book.

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