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Margaret Dickinson

Born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, Margaret Dickinson moved to the coast at the age of seven, and so began her love for the sea and the Lincolnshire landscape. Her ambition to be a writer started early and she had her first novel published at the age of twenty-five. This was followed by twenty-seven further titles!

Margaret is published in both Latvia and Turkey. Jenny’s War and The Clippie Girls were both top 20 bestsellers. Fairfield Hall reached No.9 in the Sunday Times Bestseller lists. Her most recent novel, The Buffer Girls, was published in February 2016 and reached No.8 in the UK Bestsellers lists.

Margaret is married with two grown-up daughters. For more information about Margaret, click here.
 

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The Buffer Girls

It is 1920 in the Derbyshire dales. The Ryan family are adjusting to life now that the war is over. Walter has returned home a broken man and so it falls to his son and daughter, Josh and Emily, to keep the family candle-making business going.

The Ryan children grew up with Amy Clark, daughter of the village blacksmith, and Thomas 'Trip' Trippett, whose father owns a cutlery business in Sheffield. Romance blossoms for Josh and Amy while Emily falls in love with Trip, but she is unsure if the feeling is mutual. Martha Ryan is fiercely ambitious for her son and so she uproots her family to Sheffield, but all Josh wants is to continue the family business and marry Amy. As the Ryans do their best to adapt to city life, their friendly neighbour, Lizzie, helps Emily find employment as a Buffer Girl polishing cutlery at a local factory.

It turns out that it is Emily who is best equipped to forge a career but, as time goes on, problems and even dangers arise that the Ryan family could not possibly have foreseen.

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Daughters of Courage

Following the gripping story of the Ryan family in Margaret Dickinson’s top ten bestseller THE BUFFER GIRLS, 
DAUGHTERS OF COURAGE sees Emily and Trip fight to keep their new life afloat in the turbulent 1930s.

Emily Ryan has gone up in the world since her arrival in Sheffield. Brought there by her mother’s ambitious schemes for her brother, Josh, she had found work as a buffer girl polishing cutlery in the city’s famous trade. With the help of a friend, Nell, Emily eventually set up her own buffing business employing those with whom she had once worked.

Married to Thomas ‘Trip’ Trippet, they plan to build a life together, but when Nell’s daughter disappears it seems that the menace from the past is never very far away.

Can Emily keep their family and friends safe from the shadow of unemployment?

And then comes the threat of another war...
 

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Welcome Home

Neighbours Edie Kelsey and Lil Horton have been friends for over twenty years, sharing the joys and sorrows of a tough life as the wives of fishermen in Grimsby. So it was no surprise that their children were close and that Edie's son, Frank, and Lil's daughter, Irene, would fall in love and marry at a young age.

 

But the declaration of war in 1939 changed everything. Frank went off to fight, and Irene and baby, Tommy, along with Edie's youngest son are sent to the countryside for safety. With Edie's husband, Archie, fishing the dangerous waters in the North Sea and daughter Beth in London doing 'important war work', Edie's family is torn apart.

 

Friendship sustains Edie and Lil, but tragedy follows and there's also concern that Beth seems to have disappeared. But it is Irene's return, during the VE day celebrations, that sends shock waves through the family and threatens to tear Edie and Lil's friendship apart forever.
 

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Fairfield Hall

Ruthlessly ambitious Ambrose Constantine is determined that his daughter, Annabel, shall marry into the nobility. A fish merchant and self-made man, he has only his wealth to buy his way into society.

When Annabel’s secret meetings with Gilbert, a young man employed at her father’s offices, stop suddenly, she learns that he has mysteriously disappeared. Heartbroken, she finds solace with her grandparents on their Lincolnshire farm, but her father will not allow her to hide herself in the countryside and enlists the help of a business connection to launch his daughter into society.

During the London Season, Annabel is courted by James Lyndon, the Earl of Fairfield, whose country estate is only a few miles from her grandfather’s farm. Believing herself truly loved at last, Annabel accepts his offer of marriage. It is only when she arrives at Fairfield Hall that she realizes the true reason behind James’s proposal and the part her scheming father has played.

Throughout the years that follow, Annabel experiences both heartache and Joy, and the birth of her son should finally secure the future of the Fairfield Estate. But there are others who lay claim to the inheritance igniting a feud that will only reach its resolution in the trenches of the First World War.

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The Clippie Girls

The shock waves that ripple through the family will affect each and every one of them and life will never be the same again.


Rose and Myrtle Sylvester look up to their older sister, Peggy. She is the sensible, reliable one in the household. When war is declared in 1939 they must face the hardships together and huge changes in their lives are inevitable. For Rose, there is the chance to fulfil her dream of becoming a clippie on Sheffield’s trams like Peggy. But for Myrtle, the studious, clever one in the family, war may shatter her ambitions.


When the tram on which she is a conductress is caught in a bomb blast, Peggy bravely helps to rescue her passengers. One of them is a young soldier, Terry Price, and he and Peggy begin courting. They meet every time he can get leave but eventually Terry is posted abroad and Peggy hears nothing from him.

Worse still, Peggy must break the devastating news to her family that she is pregnant.
 

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Jenny's War

Is it possible for a ten-year-old girl to fall in love? Jenny Mercer thought so.

Evacuated to Lincolnshire from the East End of London at the outbreak of war, she is frightened of the wide open spaces and the huge skies.

At first, she is treated badly by the two spinsters with whom she is billeted.
But the kindly Thornton family soon makes her feel welcome.

And no one more so than Georgie, the handsome RAF fighter pilot, who is caught up in the battle for Britains survival.

When Georgie is posted missing, presumed killed, Jenny is devastated and there is more heartbreak when her mother demands that she return home to the dangerous city streets now under almost daily attack from enemy bombers.

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Forgive And Forget

Polly Longdens china-doll looks belie a strong and fiery personality. When typhoid strikes her home city of Lincoln, she needs every ounce of that strength in order to cope.

With the death of her mother, thirteen-year-old Polly has to give up her ambition of becoming a teacher to care for her family. When their father, too, falls victim to the typhoid, his only hope is to go to hospital, leaving Polly to cope alone.

Thankfully she has the support of her neighbours: Bertha Halliday and her son, Leo, a young policeman. Through all the hardships that follow, Polly is sustained by her dream of becoming Leos wife. But her fathers hot temper leads him to the wrong side of the law during the railway riots of 1911, forcing Leo to take drastic action that Polly will surely never be able to forgive and forget . . .

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Sons And Daughters

Charlotte is an only child, reared by a brutal father who cannot forgive her for not being the son he desires. Loved by most that she meets, Charlotte has a gift for friendship, and it is her work as a Sunday School teacher that gives her hope – and an escape from home.

When Charlotte meets Miles Thornton, she is instantly drawn to him. He is new to the area and a widower, with three lovely young sons to look after but the one thing he has longed for is a daughter. As they grow to understand one another, it seems that Miles and Charlotte have more in common that meets the eye…

Sweeping from the early 1920s through to the end of World War II, SONS AND DAUGHTERS is a compelling, traditional saga set against the Lincolnshire landscape that Margaret Dickinson portrays so well.

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Suffragette Girl

When Florrie Maltby defies her father by refusing to marry Gervase Richards, she sets off a chain of events that will alter her life. Instead she goes to London and becomes involved with the suffragette movement.

She's imprisoned for her militant actions, and goes on hunger strike. With her health deteriorating, there is one person who can save her - Gervase.

After a brief stay in the countryside to recuperate, Florrie returns to London to continue her fight for women's rights. Only the outbreak of the Great War puts a halt to her activities. It is when James, her younger brother, is shamed by their father into volunteering, that Florrie enlists as a nurse and is sent to the Front.

Amidst the fear and horror of the hospital close to the trenches, she finds love. But when her beloved brother is accused of desertion, help comes from a very unexpected source.

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Sing As We Go

Kathy Burton longs to escape the drudgery of her life as an unpaid labourer on her father's farm. With only the local church choir and the occasional dance at the village hall for amusement, she yearns for the bright lights.

Spurning Morry Robinson's proposal of marriage, Kathy goes to live in the city with his aunt, Jemima Robinson. In turn, Jemima finds employment for Kathy in a department store, but is anxious when Kathy is captivated by the sophisticated and handsome floor manager, Tony Kendall. 'He has a reputation,' the outspoken Jemima warns her. 'He's had more girl friends than I've got shoes in my closet.'

But Kathy has fallen deeply and irrevocably in love and, even when the country is plunged into war, she can see no obstacle to their future. But she has reckoned without the devious mind of Tony's invalid mother, Beatrice Kendall. 'You'll never marry my son,' she vows. 'I'll see to that.'

Determined that the possessive woman won't win, Kathy plans her wedding, but the day is ruined and Tony is called up before another date can be arranged. Feeling deserted, Kathy is forced to face yet further heartache and shame alone.

At last, she finds solace in joining a concert party entertaining service men and woman and war workers. But behind the songs and the smiles, her heart is breaking...

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Wish Me Luck

Fleur Bosley didn't believe in love at first sight, at least not until she bumped into Robbie Rodwell on a railway station in the blackout of wartime Britain.

Posted to a newly-built Lincolnshire airfield, Robbie as a wireless operator on bombers and Fleur as a R/T operator in the watch office, their only escape is to the little cottage in the nearby village where Fleur is billeted with another WAAF, Ruth. The two girls become good friends, but Ruth, already hurt by the loss of one of the pilots, does not approve of wartime romances. And Ruth is not the only one to disapprove. When Fleur's mother hears Robbie's name she becomes hysterical and bans him from her home.

The young couple are determined to grab their happiness where they can, but is it a kind fate or a cruel one that has brought them together when secrets from the past threaten their future?

Away from their families, there is fun and laughter, the aircrews determined to make the most of every day, every minute, but whenever they fly off into the night on a bombing raid, Fleur must keep watch until the early hours praying that Robbie's plane comes back ...

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Pauper's Gold

*LONG LISTED FOR THE 2007 ROMANTIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR*

Hannah Francis has been forced to leave her beloved mother and the life she knows in the silk mill town of Macclesfield, and is set to become an apprentice at a cotton mill in the Derbyshire dales.

It is a cruel blow for such a young girl, but her three travelling companions are even younger than she is, and Hannah is determined to keep their spirits up and remain in good cheer. Once she is settled in the mill, Hannah discovers that the hours of work are long, and the daily routine is dangerous, arduous and harsh, but her bright singing and capacity for joy lighten the load for everyone.

Hannah soon becomes a favourite with the other mill workers. Friendships are forged and an innocent love starts to blossom. But, can such a fragile love survive cruel reality? It is not long before she attracts the eye of Edmund Critchlow, the man who owns them all, body and soul - the man from whom no pretty mill girl is safe.

Times are hard in the cotton industry as civil war rages across America affecting even the mill owner and the lives of all his workers.

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Without Sin

A spirited novel of love and revenge from a hugely popular author Meg Kirkland fears her impudent tongue has caused her father's dismissal from his job and forced her whole family from their home on Middleditch Farm. Worse still, her father abandons them outside the workhouse, leaving Meg to care for her devastated mother, Sarah, and little brother as tragedy continues to haunt the family.

Isaac Pendleton, Master of the workhouse, rules the lives of all those within its walls but when Sarah becomes his latest mistress, Meg is disgusted. Her loyal friend, Jake, born and bred in the workhouse, has a maturity and understanding beyond his years.

Yet it is Meg's fiery independence that encourages Jake to leave the workhouse and seek employment on Middleditch Farm. His future is assured, but who will take care of Meg? The pretty, vivacious girl, once so innocent, becomes a calculating and manipulative young woman who will stop at nothing to get her own way even if it means betraying those she has loved.

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Red Sky In The Morning

A young girl stands alone in the cobbled market place of a small Lincolnshire town, bedraggled, soaked through and very afraid. Who is she? Where has she come from and from whom is she running away? No one knows or cares.

Only kindly farmer, Eddie Appleyard, recognises something in the girl that touches his heart. In a drunken haze and scarcely realising what he is doing, Eddie takes her home even though his wife is a tyrant, who will believe the worst. Is this your fancy piece? Bertha accuses and turns Anna out into the cold, wet night. Eddie hides the girl in the hayloft and, later, in a tumbledown shepherds cottage that becomes her new home.

Annas arrival will change their lives; Eddies, Berthas and even that of their young son, Tony, torn between his warring parents and the mysterious stranger. It will take years for the secrets of Annas former life to be revealed, but Bertha bides her time and awaits her moment, little realising the tragedy her vengeance will unleash.

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Twisted Strands

THE COMPELLING SEQUEL TO THE TOP-SELLING LINCOLNSHIRE SAGA TANGLED THREADS

It is 1914. As WW1 begins, Eveleen Hardcastle, now in her early thirties, is left to manage the factory while her husband, Richard, fights for his country.

Eveleens mother, Mary, has found happiness with husband Josh. Her granddaughter, Bridie, lives at home still but has a spirited will which her mother finds hard to control. Secretly besotted with Andrew, her godfather, Bridie finds a rewarding vocation as a nurse, and gains a maturity beyond her years

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Tangled Threads

For Eveleen Hardcastle life gets no better than growing up on Pear Tree Farm in the Lincolnshire countryside. Her family works hard for the Dunsmore Estate and Eveleen finds it impossible to resist the charms of their employers son, Stephen Dunsmore. But Jimmy, ever quick to antagonise, ensures that his sisters clandestine trysts do not remain so for long.

Mary Hardcastle reacts to the news of her daughters affair with a shocking ferocity which seems to be borne more of bitterness than maternal protectiveness. But what is it that fuels Marys resentment towards her daughter? Unable to ignore her own feelings, Eveleen continues to meet Stephen in secret. But deception has cruel price to pay when her beloved father is found dead from a heart attack. And worse yet, Stephen, far from providing Eveleen with the comfort she craves, deserts her in her hour of need and callously evicts the Hardcastles from the farm.

Suddenly homeless, Eveleen is left to take the family reins and she fights to make a new life for her family in Nottinghamshire. And then she makes a stunning discovery about her mothers past which changes all their lives for ever...

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The River Folk

For a twelve-year old Mary Ann Clarks life has always been tough. The pretty daughter of a wife-beating drunk, it is no surprise that she has grown up afraid of her own shadow. That is until 'Battling Bessie Ruddick' takes the young girl under her wing and into the heart of her bustling family.

Growing into an attractive young woman, Mary Ann yearns to be loved and when her affection for Bessies son, Dan, is finally returned, she becomes a skippers wife. But the arduous life aboard ship is clearly not for her and only the arrival of a daughter, Lizzie, seems to hold the marriage together. Yet, tragically, the family is torn apart when Mary Ann is seduced by the promise of a happier life.

Although bewildered by her mothers disappearance, it is now up to Lizzie to help her father. For she, unlike Mary Ann, has inherited Dans love of the river. But then, disturbingly, her life starts to follow the same pattern as her mothers...

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The Tulip Girl

Abandoned outside an orphanage as a newborn baby, spirited, Maddie March has had to fight her way through life. So when she finds a home at Few Farm with Frank Brackenbury and his household, she welcomes the chance of a fresh start with open arms.

Work on the farm is hard, but believing herself truly loved for the first time in her young life by the farmers son Michael. Even the animosity of the housekeeper Mrs Trowbridge cannot mar Maddies newfound happiness. Determined to make the best of the hostile atmosphere, she throws herself into the gruelling routine with characteristic enthusiasm.

1947 brings a harsh winter, sweeping devastation over the farm and threatening the Brackenburys livelihood. All seems lost until Maddie has an idea that might save them all from poverty. Ridiculed at first, her plan soon takes root and flourished, much to the delight of Frank and Michael, and the further annoyance of Mrs. Trowbridge.

But her good fortune soon dwindles when she discovers she is pregnant and this time Maddie can find no way around the problem.

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The Fisher Lass

Flame-haired Jeannie Buchanan has spent all her life in the shadow of the dark North Sea. Working with freezing fingers to gut the precious herring, she follows her fleet south, travelling far away from her Scottish home.

When her beloved fathers trawler goes missing, Jeannie must face up to life on her own. But her fiery temper and fierce independence attract powerful and devious enemies.

By standing up to the Hayes-Gorton family, she could be threatening the future of those she cares for the most. By denying a man prepared to sacrifice all his privileges for a chance to offer his devotion she could be facing years of unhappiness. Amidst the great social upheavals of the inter-war years, Jeannie must search again for the real love she has always denied herself.

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Chaff Upon The Wind

Kitty Clegg has long accepted the hard work and long hours in her job as a lowly kitchen maid at the Manor Farm. Now sixteen, her chores are made all the lighter with the realisation that she is falling in love ...

Handsome, dark curled Jack Thorndyke has more than once held her adoring gaze across the scullery yard. Now as he prepares his gleaming threshing machine to cut the last of the golden Lincolnshire corn, he finally asks Kitty to be his chosen Harvest Nell. Carried away by her excitement, Kitty fails to heed the warnings whispered into her ear. Handsome Jack is far from the marrying kind. Worse still, his playful charm has attracted another - a young woman far above his station. Will Kitty's dreams be scattered like chaff on the wind?

Burying her disappointment, she takes up an important new position in the household. But, surrounded by echoes from the past, Kitty finds herself unable to abandon a very special kind of love: a love which will bring both heartache and joy to the Manor in the turbulent decades to come...

Set in the epic years before and after the First World War, Margaret Dickinson's new novel of Lincolnshire life is a spellbinding story of courage, loyalty and love.

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The Miller's Daughter

Emma has waited three long years to see the man she loves come safely home from the horror of the trenches, but now her father's mysterious and bitter feud with Jamie Metcalfe's family threatens everything she has dreamed of. Harry Forrest's fury rings in her ears, together with his constant taunt that nobody would want to marry her for any other reason than to get their hands on his mill.

Emma holds Jamie's love in her heart and knows that her father is wrong. Or is he? For when the gaunt and barely recognisable hero returns to the Lincolnshire village, the boy who swore he would marry her has vanished forever. Knowing that the man she loves has turned his back, and that her father will go to his grave wishing she were a boy, Emma clings resolutely to the memory of her beloved grandfather, Charlie, and his hopes for the mill he built with his own hands.

Somehow, in spite of all her father's scheming, and the disastrous marriage she finds herself in as a result, she will make sure that the mill has a future - with a Forrest at the helm.

And the one person who can help her do this is Jamie's brother and Emma's best friend, William.

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Reap The Harvest

The final book in the Fleethaven trilogy tells the story of Kate's daughter Ella. When she arrives at Brumby Farm, 10 year old Ella begins a battle to win the affection of her grandmother Esther. But the relationship is fiery from the word go. Despite the adoration of her grandfather and a growing friendship with Rob Eland, Ella is unable to come to terms with Esther's coldness, and goes in search of her father. With his love she grows into a attractive young woman, but when her grandfather dies Ella returns to Brumby Farm to Esther's open arms and to lasting happiness with Rob.

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Sow The Seed

"Packed with intrigue, suspense, humour and romance - The Grantham Journal

Sow the Seed tells the story of Esther's daughter Kate. The family's dark secrets and her forbidden love for Danny Eland force Kate to leave Brumby Farm and join the WRAF. In the chaos and destruction of the war years Kate will witness many things. As well as all the pain, suffering and loss, she will experience the first taste of a love that finally allows her to leave her past behind.....

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Plough The Furrow

"Unputdownable"- BBC Radio Lincolnshire

In this beautifully written novel Esther Everett's longing for a place of her own results in her marriage to Matthew Hilton, a man she does not love. Although this union ensures she can stay on at her beloved Brumby Farm, it is a decision which will cause heartache down the years. A remarkable insight into the plight of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage.

"Page turning"- Lincolnshire Life

"A hugely enjoyable book"- Lincoln Standard

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