Harriet escapes the harsh life of a ‘flither-lass’ in a Yorkshire fishing village, and goes in search of a new one.
Samuel is gentleman. He is a Quaker, a philanthropist; and he is a collector of photographs showing working-class girls inn their working clothes. He wants Harriet’s photograph for his collection.
Set in York in the late 1800s, The Sweetest Thing is an intimate story played out in the shadow of the cocoa factory and the asylum, the photographic studio and the Meeting House. A brilliant contemporary novel about late-Victorian life, it gives us a world of morality, espionage and cocoa, where one man believed he could make his fortune from a mouthful of sugar and a pin-up girl.