The Mill for Grinding Old People Young, Paperback

The Mill for Grinding Old People Young Paperback


In the cold dawn of Christmas Day 1897, Gilbert Rice, 85-years-old and in failing health, recounts his journey into manhood in a city on the cusp of great change.

Belfast in the 1830s was a city in flux. Industrialisation had led to an increase in population as workers flocked to the newly created jobs.

Gilbert, a young man with prospects, begins work with the Ballast Office, supervising Belfast Port.

But in the course of his days - and nights - abroad in the town, Gilbert becomes aware of tensions old and new.

When he meets Maria, a Polish exile from Russian persecution, he is drawn into a love affair that will drive him to an act that could change his life, and the town's, forever. "The Mill for Grinding Old People Young" is a brilliantly imaginative and moving historical novel.

It evokes a vanished city that resonates powerfully with our contemporary anxieties.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780571281831



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