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Blood And Fire
Roy Hattersley

Classification : Biography & Memoir
Pub Date : Oct 05, 2000
Imprint : Abacus
Page Extent : 480
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780349112817
Price : 1,150

About the book

An uneducated youth, William Booth left home in 1849 at the age of twenty to preach the gospel for the New Methodist Connexion. Six years later he founded a new religious movement which succeeded to such a degree that the Salvation Army (which it became) is now a worldwide operation with massive membership.



But that is only part of Booth's importance and heritage. In many ways his story is also that of the Victorian poor, as he and his wife Catherine made it their lives' work to battle against the poverty and deprivation which were endemic in the mid- to late 1800s. Indeed, it was Catherine who, although a chronic invalid, inspired the Army's social policy and attitude to female authority. Her campaign against child prostitution resulted in the age of consent being raised and it was Catherine who, dying of cancer, encouraged William to clear the slums -- In Darkest England, The Way Out. Roy Hattersley's masterful dual biography is not just the story of two fascinating lives but a portrait of an integral part of our history.


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This sympathetic but revealing biography gives the Booths their place in the pantheon of great Victorians
A splendid book ... BLOOD AND FIRE is packed with good things... Hattersley is a superb guide to both the personalities of the Salvation Army and its social significance. So absorbing in his narrative that one can actually imagine oneself as a late 19th-century salvationist fighting the good fight against a sea of troubles
A serious and lively tome ... Hattersley describes both these remarkable people with skill and affection>
A great and serious story, splendidly told ... A fine and evocative double biography>
     
Roy Hattersley
Buster's father was an Alsatian and his mother a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. He has been living with Roy Hattersley since 1995.

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Buster's Secret Diaries (PB)
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