New Historical Fiction Tells Story of Female Empowerment

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Trevor Sproston writes of early 1900s Britain in new book, ‘Damp Legacy’

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STOKE-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom – The year is 1918; an underground explosion competes with the World War I to deprive a village mining community of its male population. For years to come, skepticism would thrive upon one question: was the explosion pure accident, or a result of the owner’s negligence to provide adequate safety measures? Moreover, would anyone ever learn the truth? It is this that paints the landscape for Trevor Sproston’s new book, “Damp Legacy: Part One” (published by AuthorHouse).

While wives and villagers waited for news, everyone condemned their time-honored adversaries, the wealthy mine owners, who, long before the truth for such a catastrophe could be identified, aided by the most powerful secret organization in the land, took steps to avoid any blame and responsibility falling upon them.

In so doing, ruthless businessman Henry Cotes discovers evidence his late brother-in-law and former partner led a double life for many years being romantically involved with a woman other than his wife. Seeking her out, Henry realizes their love for each other had been deep and indisputable. Moreover, meeting with her, and later with his sister, he discovered to his horror that he must revise his thinking regarding females. They were not, as his gender specific doctrine taught, merely subservient to the male, but a resourceful, manipulative driving force, and always had been.

Centuries of class distinction beginning to crumble, love now appeared able to cross the great social divide. With his newfound discernment, Henry mellows and attempts to encourage an ill-fated romance between star-crossed young lovers of differing social status. To help him with this delicate task he enlists the aid of his daughter, the feisty Antoinette, who with determination, becomes a role model, encouraging other young women to take a more assertive, dominant role in life.

“‘Damp Legacy’ portrays, although much harder, the simpler, happier times before greed and avarice became the driving force of all society,” Sproston explains.

About the Author
Trevor Sproston was born 1944 into a mining family in a community mirrored in “Damp Legacy” and lived there all his life. He is now retired, living alone and is somewhat reclusive since his children have grown up and left the family home. He spends much of his free time writing. His career has been varied, culminating in music teacher and musical director; he has an interest in local politics and is still an elected member of his local council from where he derives a great deal of his material by observation.

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