Helen With the High Hand – Edited by John Shapcott
Written as light entertainment, Arnold Bennett’s Helen With the High Hand was published in 1910 in the Staffordshire Sentinel. Appearing between those two great masterpieces The Old Wives’ Tale (1908) and Clayhanger (1910), it is proof of Bennett’s astounding ability to write prolifically and across genres.
Bennett’s portrait of Burslem (Burslem) is never less than affectionate and it encourages the reader to reflect on the strong sense of community that was once at the centre of a stable provincial life.
Churnet Valley Books 01538399033
ISBN 9781904546818. £9.95
Also available from Barewall Gallery in Burslem http://www.barewall.co.uk
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