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Angels of the Mud [NOOK Book]

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A story of Old Portsmouth
Angels of the mud is a historic thriller. It begins in 1907 and follows the life of Nell Masters a sixteen-year-old, born midst the slums and grog houses of Old Portsmouth:
a place where children practice the act of mudlarking, some for the fun and experience, but all too often for the price of a meal. Nell is forced to become a factory seamstress, the breadwinner by her work-shy young mother. She is a pretty girl, a ...

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Overview

A story of Old Portsmouth
Angels of the mud is a historic thriller. It begins in 1907 and follows the life of Nell Masters a sixteen-year-old, born midst the slums and grog houses of Old Portsmouth:
a place where children practice the act of mudlarking, some for the fun and experience, but all too often for the price of a meal. Nell is forced to become a factory seamstress, the breadwinner by her work-shy young mother. She is a pretty girl, a quality that is soon to cause her problems with some of her fellow workers. Dislike becomes something more sinister when Nell finds love in the form of her boss’s nephew. Jealousy becomes the motive for Scheming work associates to lure her into a district rife with prostitution. This draws Nell into events involving rape and murder. Then if the shame of an unwanted pregnancy is not enough for her to contend with, the hangman’s rope casts a shadow over her. Nell’s life sinks into a chasm, she is faced with two choices, perish in the snow or make for the Workhouse. Surely, things cannot get any worse; or is fate planning a rockslide? This is just the beginning.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044702509
  • Publisher: Barry Doughty
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 70,606
  • File size: 439 KB

Meet the Author

About the author
Barry William Doughty was a war baby, born on the 11th of November 1940.

For circumstances known only to his mother, (now deceased) he was born in the town of Greenock Scotland, and was brought directly back to Portsmouth, his mothers home town, It is in and around Portsmouth that he has spent his life up until the present. His earliest memories are of his home in Walmer Road, Fratton, close to Portsmouth FCs ground.

He remembers with clarity the little footbridge in Walmer Road and the hazardous bombed buildings that were his playgrounds just after the war, and features in his book: Angels of the mud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Almost 1000 pages

    This book was almost 1000 pages long. The editing was very good. The book was much better than I thought it would be. It was set in England during WWI. The book was a bit different then the overview. I found it very interesting. I could actually see the events unfold and picture the characters in my head, because the details were so vivid and believable. At times this book was distressing to read, there was a self induced abortion and child sexual abuse by priests, which horrified me. There was mild cursing, murder, child abuse, rape, sex, alchalism, spousal abuse, war injuries, prostitution, adultry, diseases, extreme proverty, drug abuse, star crossed lovers, family descension, horrible cruelity and working conditions. I laughed and cried as I read this well edited book. There were very few errata in it. With a novel as long as this one, that is amazing. The ending was a little above average, yet I would have liked to have known how Nell's, Cathleen's, Billy's and Janice's lives turned out. A sequal would be nice. For readers 18 and up, due to adult content and violence.

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    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    This one pulls the reader in!

    Mind-boggling situations portraying the situation of kids...it kept me reading to the last page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Thoroughly enjoyed.

    Hated to say goodbye to the characters. A very good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Great story but terrible editing

    Thus would have been a 5 star rating if it hadn't been for the proofreading mistakes.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Enjoyed this book

    Worth reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Ok

    This was a good story although just as you were really getting involved into one persons story, that particular storyline ended and it jumped ahead several years into another persons story that entertwined and it took several chapters before you could get caught back up. It was very disturbing and jarring and i didnt like that. The overall story itself was ok.

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    Posted August 3, 2013

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