A rare first UK printing
First edition, first printing. Hardback, with gilt titling to spine. 20.5 × 13cm, 605pp.
When she steps off the London train at Leeds (known in the novel as Aire) Mary Welburn is returning to the world of her childhood. But while she attempts to settle back into her family, Mary strikes up new relationships and learns how the North, in 1938, is reacting to a confused and threatening world. This was Lettice Cooper's best known book and conveys both her deep socialist convictions and her loyalty to her Yorkshire roots.
A good copy. The black cloth binding is rather rubbed to the edges, joints and spine ends. The inner binding is secure and the pages clean is a little age-toned.