North and South
written by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Vintage | ISBN 9780099511489
Paperback – 576 pages
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This book comes with an introduction by Jenny Uglow. Milton is a sooty, noisy northern town centred around the cotton mills that employ most of its inhabitants. Arriving from a rural idyll in the south, Margaret Hale is initially shocked by the social unrest and poverty she finds in her new hometown. However, as she begins to befriend her neighbours, and her stormy relationship with the mill-owner John Thornton develops, she starts to see Milton in a different light.