The Mill - set in early 19th-century Cheshire - was Channel 4's biggest drama launch of 2013, and captivated viewers with the tales of the lives of the young girls and boys in a northern mill. Focusing on the apprentices at Quarry Bank Mill, David Hanson's book uses a wealth of first-person source material including letters, diaries, and mill records, to tell the stories of the children who lived and worked at Quarry Bank throughout the 19th century.
This book perfectly accompanies the television series, satisfying viewers' curiosity about the history of the children of Quarry Bank. It reveals the real lives of the television series' main characters - Esther, Daniel, Lucy, and Susannah - showing how shockingly close to the truth the dramatisation is. But the book also goes far beyond this to create a full and vivid picture of factory life in the industrial revolution.
David Hanson has written an accessible narrative history of Victorian working children and the conditions in which they worked.
Really enjoyed this book. A lot of information to take in so I actually listened to it twice but it delivers happy and sad stories from the days of the mill in an informative and entertaining way.