Creekside Book Club Meeting
Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier
This book depicts life in the late 18 century in Dorset and London. A family moves from rural Dorset to the outskirts London to rent rooms next door to William Blake, printer, poet and visionary. In a nearby field is the winter home of a famous traveling circus. Both of these form the story of Burning Bright.
We see poverty, orphans, prostitutes, murder, rape and factories where women were harmed by chemicals . We see the opposite side with beautiful clothes and possessions. We also saw the results of the French Revolution on some the British people and so much more.
I found the description of chair making (the fathers skill) and the button making and designs which the country family passed on to their neighbours fascinating.
The group on the whole found it interesting and well written.