North and South, Paperback
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This book comes with an introduction by Jenny Uglow.

Milton is a sooty, noisy northern town centred around the cotton mills that employ most of its inhabitants.

Arriving from a rural idyll in the south, Margaret Hale is initially shocked by the social unrest and poverty she finds in her new hometown.

However, as she begins to befriend her neighbours, and her stormy relationship with the mill-owner John Thornton develops, she starts to see Milton in a different light.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099511489



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This is not the Civil War North and South that most people are familiar with. This is North and South of England. I like Gaskell's books because they include romance and social commentary. Is the plight of the factory worker similar to that of the poor farmer in the country? Do the mill master's have a duty to take care of their workers or is paying them sufficient? And as in Pride and Prejudice, will Mr. Thornton ever get together with Margaret? In truth this book is basically Pride and Prejudiced rehashed except for a little more depth of character for the two main players. There is a BBC mini-series of this book which is also amazing.