Hundred Tiny Threads
by Judith Barrow
published by Honno Press, July 2017
A prequel to Judith's Howarth Family trilogy.
Winifred is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer's shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother. When her friend Honora - an Irish girl, with the freedom to do as she pleases - drags Winifred along to a suffragette rally, she realises that there is more to life than the shop and her parents' humdrum lives of work and grumbling. Bill Howarth's troubled childhood echoes through his early adult life and the scars linger, affecting his work, his relationships and his health. The only light in his life comes from a chance meeting with Winifred, the daughter of a Lancashire grocer. The girl he determines to make his wife. Meeting Honora's intelligent and silver-tongued medical student brother turns Winifred's heart upside down and she finds herself suddenly pregnant. Bill Howarth reappears on the scene offering her a way out.