Barefoot on the Cobbles

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Barefoot on The Cobbles – A Devon Tragedy
By Janet Few

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In the euphoria of the armistice a young woman lay dying. Daisy had grown up, barefoot on the cobbles, in a village on the rugged North Devon coast; she was mindful of the perils of the uncertain sea. Her family were also exposed to the dangers of disease and the First World War but for Daisy, it was her own mother who posed the greatest threat of all. What burdens did that mother, an ordinary fisherman’s wife, carry? What past traumas had led, inexorably, to this appalling outcome?

Vividly recreating life at the dawning of the twentieth century, this story is based on a real tragedy that lay hidden for nearly a hundred years. Rooted in its unique and beautiful geographical setting, here is the unfolding of a past that reverberates unhappily through the decades and of raw emotions that are surprisingly modern in character.

1 review for Barefoot on the Cobbles

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    shields_h_f (verified owner)

    I could not put this down. My head was spinning a bit with all the characters but a helpful list is found at the front of the book to keep you on track. Growing up in the middle of Devon and in Bideford descriptions of the settings brought back memories. The Devonian language was wonderful, just enough of it – my grandfather often called me ‘maid’ and referred to us children and our parents as ‘chill’. It manages to cover so many issues of the time -suffragettes, shell shock, the hardships of daily life as a servant or fisherman, the losses and mental distress experienced through a range of illnesses of the time, I could go on! The story is compelling, each chapter almost a story in itself, and I was definitely holding my breath for the verdict. I will be giving more than one as a Christmas present!
    PS also appreciated the good font size.

  2. Oliver Tooley

    Thank you, on behalf of Janet, who will appreciate your comments.
    Your observations closely agree with my own as I first read the manuscript, especially the baited breath up to the verdict, and you can imagine how much I have looked forward to today, and even more so to reading a review like this so soon after release.

    Especially happy to read your comments on the font. It’s not worth saving money by using a font that’s too small for many readers to see.
    In case anyone is interested in the geeky details, it is Garamond 12 point, our go to font for adults books.

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