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The Long Walk Home
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Young Mikey Quinn, scavenging on the streets of Hull, is thrown into prison for stealing a rabbit from the butcher. His chief accuser, a well-to-do lawyer, has a daughter, Eleanor, whom he badly mistreats. When Mikey is released he finds that his mother has died and his brothers taken into the workhouse - determined to find a better life for his family, he walks all the way to London to seek his fortune. There he finds that the grim realities of city life are even worse than they were in Hull, and comes under the evil patronage of the sinister Tully, first encountered when he was in prison. But he also meets Eleanor again, and between them they face the dangers of London and gradually make a new life for themselves. Together they have to face journeying back to Hull - the long walk home.
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Two children - one poor, one wealthy - escape from the privations of nineteenth-century Hull to make their fortune in London

About the Author

Valerie Wood was born in Yorkshire, where she still lives. Her first novel, The Hungry Tide, was the winner of the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction. All her novels are available from Corgi books. Find out more about Valerie Wood's novels by visiting her website at www.valeriewood.co.uk.

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