Australian Author Christine Shuttleworthis having the book launch at The Weavers Triangle, Burnleyon Sunday 2nd August at 2.30pmWhere she will give a short talk followed by a short reading from the book.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Seamstress of Carrington Hall by Christine Shuttleworth
It will be held in the upstairs display room.
Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the launch.
While Christine is in Burnley she is scheduled to do an interview with Radio Lancashire on the 31st July at their Blackburn Studios about the book, so listen out for the interview.
Befriended by Lord Carrington, the poised and comely Fleetwood learns the etiquette and customs of the landed gentry. When her widowed mother dies, she leaves their tenanted cottage to live with her aunt and uncle at Moor House.A chance meeting on the windswept moors of Lancashire between this beautiful young woman and a mysterious, olive skinned gypsy changes their lives forever. Devastated by brutality, Fleetwood is forced to flee her aunt’s home. Overcoming adversity, she struggles to make a living amidst poverty and the harsh realities of a late eighteenth century mill town. Now part of a society where ambition is tempered by the lack of wealth and status, her saving grace is her skill with a needle. The gypsy, unable to forget Fleetwood, seeks her out in Burnley where events conspire challenging his resolve for a future together …..
Christine Shuttleworth was born and raised in New Zealand and has lived in Australia since 1975. After a long public service career she is now retired and able to realise her long held desire to write, extensively researching eighteenth century English life and ancestral history as the inspiration for her first and future novels.Well-travelled, her home is in Buderim Queensland and shared with partner John. Most of her writing is done while he plays competitive Bridge. Aside from writing, her current interests are creative cooking, growing salvias and more recently being with her two beautiful grandchildren.
The setting for this novel is loosely based on Burnley as it could have been in the late eighteenth century. In the construction of that fiction, however, I was fortunate to access historical records which allowed much factual information to be woven in and around the fiction, particularly that of Gawthorpe Hall and of Burnley UK the town in that time period.
Interest in my ancestral links to the Shuttleworths of Gawthorpe Hall; researching the impact of the industrial revolution on small villages and towns and the unfailing encouragement of my partner, family and friends all provided impetus for this novel.My heartfelt thanks to Fiona Mcilreavy of Buderim Rare Books for her help in sourcing relevant factual material and her excellent critiquing skills, Roger Frost, local Burnley historian, Lord and Lady Shuttleworth who invited me to Leck Hall and its collection of ancestral portraits, one of whom bears the name of my novel’s heroine, and to the quiet and constant guidance of my editor, Linda Hale.