Becky

Becky Fergus Vine has left the Navy to seek out his mentor Henry Gordon But Gordon lies dead a victim of the scourge of the poor alcoholism Grieving for the loss of his friend Fergus decides to fulfil Go

  • Title: Becky
  • Author: E.V. Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780751545715
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fergus Vine has left the Navy to seek out his mentor, Henry Gordon But Gordon lies dead, a victim of the scourge of the poor alcoholism Grieving for the loss of his friend, Fergus decides to fulfil Gordon s mission to record the lives of the poor on canvas A mission that will lead him to Becky, the wayward orphan destined to change his life forever.

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    1. I rarely re-read a book, but I read this one when I was 18 (possibly younger) and it has stuck with me all these 22 (or more) years – the characters names, the slums they lived in, the stolen watch, the sketching, painting, the jail cell, the dress shop, but mostly the feelings.And I wanted to know if my experience reading the book 22 years later would be the same. As much as I remembered all those parts, I still often didn’t know what was coming next and I certainly didn’t remember how it [...]

    2. Impecunious artist Fergus Vincent arrives in Lewin’s Mead, a slum area in Bristol in the early 1850s. He’s seeking a friend and mentor, Henry who lives there. Henry told him ‘A good artist is accepted wherever he chooses to work, but he must observe the rules there – their code. Break that code and he might as well pack up and leave.’Fergus virtually trips over an urchin as he’s seeking his friend. Becky, the unkempt girl of about fourteen summers offers to take him to the attic room [...]

    3. Read at least once in the 80s / 90s and really enjoyed. Am well ready to re-read all his books. A 19th-century Bristol slum is the unlikely background for a love story that brings hope into the life of a young waif of a girl who has learnt how to survive in the filth and lawlessness of the backstreets. Befriended and loved by artist Fergus, her future is never quite assured.

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