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ISBN: 9781841148380
The Story of George Loveless
The Story of George Loveless
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George Loveless, the acknowledged leader of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, wrote two brief accounts: one of his arrest, imprisonment and trial; the other, of his experiences in Australia as a transported convict. Apart from this, however, a shroud of mystery hangs over his life, owing to a pact of secrecy, which he and those four of his companions who, like him, emigrated to Canada following their return from Australia, swore to one another.

Nevertheless, by painstaking research, not only in the United Kingdom but also in Canada and Australia, it is now possible to reveal many, hitherto, unpublished details about George Loveless’s life.

This is the story of how Methodism – for George Loveless was a staunch Methodist – was originally brought to Tolpuddle, and of the intense and violent prejudice which existed against such ‘dissenting’ religions at that time; of the socio-economic forces which compelled Loveless to establish his Tolpuddle trade union, and of the sly pretext on which the authorities arrested and charged him in 1834.

We sense the humiliation of this righteous and God-fearing man as he is marched, unceremoniously, through the streets of Dorchester en route to His Majesty’s Prison. We sense the anguish of his family as he is sent to the dreaded convict settlement of Van Diemen’s Land in Australasia. Finally, we learn of his triumph when he, together with Martyr brothers James, Thomas and John Standfield, and James Brine make a new and successful life in Canada.

Andrew Norman has delved deep to reveal the truth about this important but almost unknown historical figure, including confirmation that George Loveless's cottage still exists as a listed building, although nobody inTolpuddle, or indeed anywhere else, appears to be aware of this fact! He paints a vivid portrait of the man who, once vilified and who left Tolpuddle in shackles and chains, had the pleasure in his later years, of cultivating roses and making himself a rocking chair in the New World.

Andrew Norman was born in Newbury, Berkshire and educated at Thornhill High School, Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and at St Edmund Hall,Oxford, where he read animal physiology. In December 1970, he graduated in medicine from the Radcliffe Infirmary and entered into general practice in Poole, Dorset. In 1983 he sustained a back injury which forced him to give up his medical career; he is now a fulltime writer.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 838 0, hardback, 210x48mm, 176 pages. Published November 2008.

REVIEWS: Bournemouth Echo, Landworker Magazine (Unite).

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