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The Life of Kitty Wilkinson

by Michael Kelly - £8.95  Countyvise Ltd (2010)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780956452726 | ISBN 10: 0956452728

"In common with many Liverpudlians of Irish extract, Michael Kelly was brought up in the city's Scotland Road area, where history hung on the fog and the bicycle bells of factory workers rang into a dawn sky that was pierced by cranes hauling the goods of a mighty empire onto the quays. Pride in their Irish ancestry rolled through the generations like the great river herself. Although Michael became a carpenter, working on fine liners across the Mersey in Birkenhead's Cammell Laird shipyard, he was always an historian, reading and listening to stories about the men and women whose past had shaped our present.
In later life, Michael has been able to write about them in a series of books and articles of which this biography of Kitty Wilkinson is a splendid example. Broad of shoulder, nimble of step with a quizzical blue gaze in his eyes, Michael is now a familiar figure at podiums, addressing the members of local clubs and societies, a true historian of the people."
(David Charters, Liverpool Daily Post columnist and broadcaster.)
"I have to congratulate Michael Kelly on his portrayal of one of Liverpool's most celebrated characters of the 19th Century, Kitty Wilkinson.
Kitty originated from Ireland and came to Liverpool under extreme conditions! Poverty and disease was rife in Liverpool and the first Medical Officer of Health, Dr. William Duncan, agreed that "Liverpool was the most unhealthy place to live in England".
This is the story of Kitty Wilkinson's effort to combat such disease and social ills of the time!
A great read."
(Frank Carlyle, Merseyside historian)

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