Margaret McAlpine is a new author – but one who has always wanted to write more creatively than her various public service jobs allowed, where she drafted countless reports, funding bids, committee papers and such-like.
Her interest in family history began with her grandmother’s stories of lost wealth and status but had been laid aside for many years, awaiting time and perhaps that indispensible tool – the internet.
History, her degree subject, has been a life-long passion and in the past few years she has been delighted by the sheer number of books and television programmes that are both scholarly and popular. If her family memoir provides readers with only a fraction of the pleasure she has had in researching and writing it, it will still repay her debt to that community – scholars, authors and publishers – who have made history so relevant and enjoyable for us all today.
In Fire at Gomersal Mills: A Terrible Calamity, Margaret tells of a calamity in 1913 that severed the fifth generation of her family from their roots in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Since 1750 their reputation and prosperity had been founded on manufacturing success and Christian evangelising. What could be salvaged – for them and their enterprises?
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