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Annie Swinburn had killed a man - the killing was timely and well-deserved, for Francis Morton had been evil in every possible way. But Annie knew that however justified her crime, only the rope and the gibbet awaited her if she remained in the slums of Hull. And so she ran - up river, along the wild and secretive paths of the great Humber - a new and unfamiliar territory which was to lead her into a new and unfamiliar life.

Her first refuge was with Toby Linton, well-born, estranged from his father and - with his brother Matt - earning a dangerous living as a smuggler. Annie led a double life, as a smuggler, and as a pedlar roaming the remote countryside of the Wolds. It was this new existence which led her, once more, into allowing herself to love, in spite of all the things that had gone before.

©1994 Valerie Wood (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

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An insight into poverty of old and the so called Gentry.

Annie, impoverished and young takes you on her journey. Makes you wonder how many like Annie at the beginning of her story lived to see another day.

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  • 03-01-15

A compelling listen

This must be Valerie Wood at her best ............ it links in with The Hungary Tide, though both can be read in isolation without problem. It was fascinating to join Annie and to see how her life turned out. Infact, the impression I had gained of her in the Hungary Tide was not what she turned out to be: a woman with forethought, sobriety, steadfastness and a steely determination to win through and make something of her life. The book could have finished earlier but I admired the way the Author took time to revisit Annie's past which was covered in great detail and resolved any queries the reader would have in mind as to Annie's earlier days. The author's depiction of life in Hull was remarkable; I could almost smell it! A thoroughly enjoyable and compelling listen. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Ema
  • 09-18-17

loved it

brilliant listen as was book one cannot wait to dowmload book 3 amazing writing Val woods.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-18

Fantastic

I loved this book with all of its ups & downs. Absolutely great listening. Just buy & enjoy

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  • Kathst
  • 01-28-18

Another womderfull gripping tale

I have heard so many books by this author and have enjoyed each one with delight and familiar streets as I am hull lass myself. this book seemed longer than the others as this ladies life was so full of highs and lows. As with the Hungry tide. this is a book that you don't want to end. Now to listen to the 3rd instalment off this trilogy. I would recommend too anyone who loves books full of life. Well done once more to V.Wood for another fantastic tale .

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  • Mama C
  • 11-29-17

Evocative and enthralling

So enjoyed this book of Val Wood’s, what a beautiful writer able to draw you into a story line and weave a plot from beginning to end.
It’s a history lesson on one hand and an engaging story of how we humans deal with tragedy, joy and pain, each one of us finding a way to take our place in the world.
Can’t wait to get on to her next book....

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  • barbara
  • 08-28-17

Brilliant

Oh my goodness me what a wonderful story expertly read by Anne Dover. I love books written by Val Wood and can't wait to listen to another. Once again, I know the area so well and Val Wood has a way of describing the beauty of the Wolds that I felt that I was there. From the sad beginning of the story to the happy ending I couldn't stop listening.

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  • bertiebouncer
  • 02-24-17

Amazing

Lost myself in this book right from the first chapter, loved it, thank you, what's the next book of this amazing author.

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  • jane
  • 11-27-16

Great Book

Would you consider the audio edition of Annie to be better than the print version?

Yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Annie captured my imagination of how women lived to servive.

Which character – as performed by Anne Dover – was your favourite?

Didn't have a favourite character in the book, all were good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes