Friday, 21 May 2010

Tolpuddling around

Five Leaves is putting out a new edition of Alan Brown's (or rather Alan James Brown as he must become because someone else nicked the franchise on his first name) children's book, Tolpuddle Boy, in time for the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival in July. Rooting around on the Tolpuddle Museum's website I was strangely thrilled to find God is our Guide: the Tolpuddle Martyrs and their Methodist Roots. This pamphlet tells of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and how their faith guided their actions but made them rebels in the eyes of the established church. The booklet tells of the Tolpuddle Chapels built by the village Methodists. It is published by the Dorchester Circuit of the Southampton District of the Methodist Church. I think it was the publisher that made it an exciting find. Who needs HarperCollins?

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