It’s been a quiet few months for the book after the hectic round of talks and other events last year – a time to pause and take stock. The paperback edition is still flying on Amazon and has had 45 five-star reviews so far. I’ve been amazed at how well received it has been and can’t thank enough all the people who have bought the book and turned up to hear me talk about Angel Meadow. Until last year, I’d never done a talk on any subject before. It’s been a rollercoaster ride, but a great experience and I’ve met some fantastic people along the way.
I can’t say too much now, but I’m hoping to have some exciting news to share soon about a book-related project I could be working on later this year.
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to giving a talk about Angel Meadow at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford on June 21. I spent some time at the WCML while doing some research on Friedrich Engels for the book and it is easily one of my favourite libraries. The talk will be part of the library’s Invisible Histories series. It will start at 2pm and is free. Click here for more details.
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Step into the Victorian underworld of Angel Meadow, the vilest and most dangerous slum of the Industrial Revolution. In the shadow of the world's first cotton mill, 30,000 souls trapped by poverty are fighting for survival as the British Empire is built upon their backs.
Thieves and prostitutes keep company with rats in overcrowded lodging houses and deep cellars on the banks of a black river, the Irk. Gangs of 'scuttlers' stalk the streets in pointed, brass-tripped clogs. Those who evade their clutches are hunted down by cholera and tuberculosis. Lawless drinking dens and a cold slab in the dead house provide the only relief from this filthy and frightening world.
Journalist Dean Kirby takes readers on a hair-raising journey through the alleyways, gin palaces and underground vaults of the nineteenth century Manchester slum considered so diabolical it was re-christened 'hell upon earth' by Friedrich Engels in 1845.
Enter Angel Meadow if you dare...
Angel Meadow will be published by Pen and Sword on 28 February, 2016. See my website for details.
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