Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett
Clayhanger : An Illustrated Edition
Edited by John Shapcott, University of Keele, and Martin Laux, Arnold Bennett Society
Clayhanger is Bennett's totally engrossing portrait of life in the Potteries in Victorian times as seen through the eyes of Edwin Clayhanger, from leaving school to early manhood.
Amongst the last cast of memorable characters surrounding Edwin are his printer father, Darius, whose tyrannical nature was shaped by the brutality of the workhouse; his sensual, provocative and mysterious lover Hilda Lessways; the formidable Auntie Hamps, whose well-intentioned but forever interfering nature captures the essence of Victorian Methodist hyprocrisy; and the clog dancing Florence Simcox, whose mesmerizing display triggers Edwin's sexual awakening.
Bursting with fascinating documentary detail whilst never losing touch with the everyday lives of those caught up in turbulent times, this was the novel that set the seal on Bennett's reputation as one of Britain's greatest story tellers.
Published by Churnet Valley Books.