The Hamiltons of Ballydown
Allison & Busby Ltd
In the closing years of the nineteenth century the Hamilton family have much to be thankful for. As well as the new-found security of living in their own home at Ballydown, John is a respected employee and friend of mill owner Hugh Sinton, and Rose has a new, much-valued friend in Elizabeth Sinton, Hugh's sister. The women's close bond is a source of comfort and strength to both of them, and Rose has every reason to be happy with her lot, after years of hardship and poverty.
As Rose and John watch their children, James, Sam, Hannah and their last-born, strong-willed Sarah, make their own choices and mistakes they must draw on inner reserves of courage and steadfastness to face both pain and joy as all their futures unfold.
Anne Doughty was born in Armagh. She is the author of A Few Late Roses (longlisted for the Irish Times fiction prize), Stranger in the Place and Summer of the Hawthorn. After many years in England she returned to Belfast in 1998 and wrote the first of a series of stand-alone novels that make up the Hamiltons sequence.