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The first of a tetralogy, Stirling turns to Glasgow at the turn of the centrury and to the story of Kirsty Barnes and Craig Nicholson as they struggle to find security and happiness in the harsh impoverished world of the city's back streets. Jessica Stirling has also written "The Spoiled Earth".
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Born in Glasgow, Jessica Stirling is the author of many heartwarming novels, most of which have Scottish backgrounds. She has enjoyed a highly successful career since The Spoiled Earth was published in 1974.From Publishers Weekly:
This first volume of a projected trilogy by veteran historical novelist Stirling ( Treasures on Earth ) tells the tale of a young farm couple caught up in a struggle to survive in the mean streets of 19th century Glasgow. Kirsty Barnes, an orphan indentured to a lecherous old farmer, escapes from his advances with the help of her childhood sweetheart, Craig Nicholson, but when the two reach Glasgow, they experience the rigors of urban poverty. Marriage takes second place to survival, although their fortunes improve when a churchgoing widow befriends Kirsty. Still not legally married, Kirsty gives birth to a son, and Craig establishes his reputation as a policeman. Though they mature through their hardships, their intimacy does not deepen, and by novel's end, Kirsty's fate seems to rest in the hands of a young doctor/minister, foreshadowing the next book. Stirling sets interesting characters within the framework of a realistic story.
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Book Description Pan Books, 1989. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110330301829