My name is Alison Huntingford and I am pleased to be able to tell you about my debut novel, ‘The Glass Bulldog’.
Being the only child of two only children, I have always felt a distinct lack of family. This led me to research my family history and what I found there fascinated me.
Having grown up in Devon I have always had a strong affinity to the county, despite being born elsewhere. I was therefore delighted to find an ancestor who came from Exeter. His story touched and inspired me. The more I looked into it, the more compelled I felt to write it up, and here is the result. I hope you like it.
The ‘glass bulldog’ is a real object passed down through the generations from the family in this novel. (In fact it is still in the possession of my own family, now). It is used in the prologue and epilogue of my story as an overseer of events.
The novel takes place over 50 years from 1832 to 1885, spanning most of the Victorian era. The action starts in rural Devon, just after a recent cholera outbreak, but moves to various locations in London and Surrey during the hero’s life.
I was delighted to hear that The Glass Bulldog was nominated for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction in 2019.
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Based on a true story from family history:
One mistake can change your life….
Exeter 1833 Since the recent cholera outbreak, and the tragic loss of his little sister Annie, young Tom Finnimore has been struggling to cope in a dreadful new job. Following a lovers quarrel he foolishly steals some chickens, but unfortunately is caught in the act.
After a traumatic time in prison, Tom finally gets to start again, with his first love by his side. However, life with the beautiful but foolish Mary Ann doesn’t work out and Tom is left alone again, broken hearted.
The handsome widow, Phyllis, gives Tom another chance of happiness, but when her family discover the dark secret of his criminal past, they threaten to destroy him.
On the verge of retirement, the couple realise that Tom’s past could still ruin their daughter’s happiness and prevent her from marrying the man she loves. Can Tom find peace and redemption at last?
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Reviews of The Glass Bulldog:
1 June 2019 Format: Paperback
I have just finished reading the Glass Bulldog. What an intriguing read - showing how different life was not so long ago! And yet in some ways, how similar: the relationships, trials and tribulations of ordinary people never change...
Knowing this was actually based on the lives of the author's relatives made it all the more hard-hitting. Fantastic! Can't wait for the next book!
25 June 2019 Format: Paperback
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22 August 2019 Format: Kindle Edition