Literary Non-Fiction: Tolpuddle Boy
In 1834, six Dorset farm labourers were arrested and sentenced to seven years transportation to Australia. Their crime? To set up a 'friendly society' to bargain for better wages and escape appalling poverty. This book follows the story of the youngest 'Martyr', James Brine, from his boyhood in Tolpuddle, to the terrors of convict life in Australia, and the triumphant return to England after public outcry forced the sentences to be quashed, and the 'Tolpuddle Martyrs' became popular heroes. It also introduces colourful characters such as James Frampton, the ruthless landowner who framed the Martyrs, and the mythical superhero, Captain Swing, who inspired poverty riots across England.
- Paperback | 128 pages
- 129 x 197 x 11mm | 140g
- 13 Jun 2002
- Hachette Children's Group
- Hodder Children's Books
- London, United Kingdom
- 4 page picture insert
'This stirring account provides a wonderfully clear insight into an interesting period of history, complete with a glossary of terms used, a who's who of characters and even a song of freedom' -- PTA magazine Summer 2002 'This book is great for children with a taste for history who want to read a tale about ordinary people rather than kings and queens.' -- U Magazine, December 2002
About Alan James Brown
Alan was born near London, but has spent all of his adult life in the North of England. He loves the open and wild countryside and his hobbies are walking and tennis. He has two grown up children. He is very active in community publishing and has had many poems and stories broadcast on radio, performed on tape and published in local magazines. Alan was awarded a New Beginnings Award by Yorkshire and Humberside Arts in 1994 to concentrate on his writing. He is author of a number of short stories published in anthologies for schools by Scholastic, OUP and Orion.