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Summary

In this rich and memorable evocation of the fictional South Riding of Yorkshire are the lives, loves and sorrows of the central characters. There is Sarah Burton, fiery young headmistress; Robert Carne of Maythorpe Hall, a councillor tormented by his own disastrous marriage; Jo Astell, a socialist fighting poverty and his own illness; and Mrs Beddows, the first woman Alderman of the district (like Winifred’s own mother). They are the people who work together in the council chambers and backrooms of local politics. Alongside them, however, are the people affected by their decisions.

©2011 AudioGO Ltd (P)1988 Winifred Holtby

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Great to hear

I throughly enjoyed listening to a superb cast, Sarah Lancashire, Philip Glenister, Carole Boyd and others transported me to be there, my imagination ran overtime, I have listened to it twice, and will keep it to listen a third time, when i want too, so well written, ironically it it shows how women were treated like second class dimwits, in the centenary of the suffragettes.

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  • 11-07-21

Sarah is soothing

Good storyline. I could listen to Sarah read anything/anytime. What a voice! Interesting story.

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  • janet streng
  • 07-10-19

Chosen to Hear Sarah Lancashire narrate

Enjoyable although a sad story ,
Sarah Lancashire’s beautiful poetic voice is golden !
Would be curious if Sally wainwright based her Caroline Elliot’s character in Last tango in Halifax in part on headmistress Sarah Burton?