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Chandlers Green by Ruth Hamilton
The Chandlers had been making candles in Bolton for five hundred years, and had given their name to the village of Chandlers Green. The dynasty, now in decline and ruled by Richard Chandler, is reduced to an unhappy household and a few tenanted properties.
But Richard continues to behave as though he were lord of the manor. Jean, his wife, is terrified of him; his aunt, Anna Chandler, has moved out of the house and is writing a history of candlemaking; his grown-up children despise him, but fear for their mother if they should leave home. And now Richardâs arch-enemy, Alf Martindale, is planning to move into his village, and Richard knows that the past is catching up with him fast. A crisis forces him to leave his manor for a while, and he has no way of knowing that Jean is arming herself against his return. The past and the present are about to come together in a way that can only end in tragedyâ€¦
ReviewsThe story is what we have come to expect...Finely drawn characters...slot happily into local history. A panoply of personalities to love and hate, enough twists and turns to do justice to a crateful of eels and an ending to prompt plenty of exclamations of well I never! Bolton Evening News
For five hundred years the Chandlers have been the leading lights of Bolton and of the village named after them, Chandlers Green. Heir of the respected candle-makers Richard Chandler, an alcoholic in denial, squanders their wealth. Chandler is a bully who abuses his own father and dominates his terrified wife. Their sons Jeremy and Peter are so cowed they show little initiative or passion but settle for the cruel family life they have always known. Only their sister Meredith has some of their father's force of character. But the real catalyst for change comes in the form of Alf Martindale the rag-and-bone man who moves his family into the exclusive village. Alf knows Chandler rather too well. As the families become entwined devastating secrets from the past and the present destabilise the mismanaged and damaged Chandler clan. This is a multi-stranded exciting tale that pulls the reader along. Hamilton has a flair for characterisation and through the dark moments the truth and courage of the Chandlers shines through. (Kirkus UK)
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Publication date3rd June 2004
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