Back o' the Moon, and Other Stories
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Back o' the Moon
BY THE SAME AUTHOR.
Second Edition. Price 6s.
Selection of Press Opinions.
“It is, both in construction and workmanship, very unlike the usual flimsy story which does duty as a modern novel. This book is more like the fiction of some fifty or sixty years ago, when the appearance of a novel was, to a certain extent, an event in the world of letters.”—The Spectator.
“There is much sound work in the novel; quaint local customs are conscientiously reproduced, and the characters, with the exception of a rather shadowy heroine, are living beings.”—The Athenæum.
“The book is thoughtfully as well as cleverly written, and at least maintains the promise of its forerunners.”—The Times.
“The character-drawing is strong and clear, the run of the incident perfectly natural, and the outlook kind and manly in a spirit that puts to the blush a great deal of meretricious and catchpenny work.”—Pall Mall Gazette.
“Mr. Onions’s canvas is crowded with well-drawn characters, and the whole presents a particularly lively and clever study of Yorkshire life and manners eighty years ago.”—The Academy.
“Here he is thoroughly at home, and he writes with rare insight and uncommon skill of the country folk of our dales.”—Leeds Mercury.
“The present story derives its main interest from the liveliness of its presentation of the countryside and rustic character of Yorkshire, as these appeared to the observant eye in the earlier half of the nineteenth century.”—The Scotsman.
“As we have said, the book is devoid of sensationalism of any sort; but, for all its quiet tone, it is one of the few books of the season worth careful reading, and worth also a permanent place in any library.”—The Westminster Gazette.
“Mr. Onions, who knows his Yorkshire nearly as well as any writer of the time, has improved amazingly, and ‘The Drakestone’ is of sufficiently high quality to make one anticipate with interest his next book.”—The Yorkshire Post.
“It is a strong book all round, and the culminating catastrophe—the breaking-in of the marsh upon the moorland—is well rendered and effective. The work is one which will repay study, and we have few living writers who could better it.”—The Sheffield Daily Telegraph.
“It is an olla podrida of vivid sketches of Yorkshire life, more faithfully conceived and picturesquely rendered than we have ever seen before.”—The Daily Mail.
“The humble lives of the peasant folk, their jealousies, bickerings and junkettings, take their proper place as background to the working out of the Drake prophecies, while the chief figures are limned with rare skill and insight. A clever and deeply-interesting book.”—The Liverpool Post.
Ag and Em,
Halifax, Sunday, 26th August, 1778.—“Understanding there was great need of it, I preached on 'Render unto Cæsar the things that are Cæsar's, and unto God the things that are God's.' I spoke with all plainness, and yet did not hear that anyone was offended.”
Halifax, 1836.—“I am very sorry that there was a 'great need' for Mr. Wesley to bring (this) charge ... though unable to unravel the secret.”
chapter page BACK O' THE MOON. Introduction 1 I. Horwick Thursday 9 II. The Executive 21 III. “Johnny Cope” 34 IV. Eastwood Ellah 46 V. The Wadsworth Wedding 61 VI. Emmason 77 VII. Cicely 89 VIII. Crudelitas 103 IX. The Slack 103 X. The Home-coming 133 XI. A Hundred Pounds 147 XII. The Cloth Merchant 162 XIII. The Scout 179 XIV. One way in, none out 193 XV. The Cave in Soyland 202 XVI. Cover 217 XVII. The Moon turned round again 232 THE PILLERS. I. The Nightingale 241 II. The Ladyshaws 248 III. The Press 256 IV. At Portsannet 267 SKELF-MARY 279 LAD-LASS 297 THE FAIRWAY 317