The Sweetest Thing

The Sweetest Thing

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  • Hardcover
  • UK First Edition, First Printing
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Released January 1, 2003
ISBN 9781860499876

£20.00

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.

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Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw is a British novelist and academic. She has written a memoir as well as fiction for adults and children.

Her debut work the memoir, Out of Me was shortlisted for the MIND Prize, and several of Shaw’s novels have been selected for nomination for the Booker Prize, the Costa Prize and the Orange Prize.

Shaw's debut young adult novel, Outwalkers, was published in 2018, nominated for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie medal, long listed for the Brandford Boase Award 2019, and shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2019.

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