The Foundry Man’s Apprentice

The Foundry Man’s Apprentice

Proudly supporting Mind of Horsforth, Leeds: For every book sold, £1 will be donated.

The Tremont Street Mob were just ordinary impoverished families – but most importantly they were neighbours, thrust together by the harsh conditions of the Victorian Industrial age, where money was power, where the rich factory owners ruled not only at work but at home, robbing their employees of their wages and their dignity. But neither little money nor little food could sever the bonds that built up between them.

The children of these families grew up where one such as Fred, always the most courageous, became their leader and protector, not just in peacetime but also in war.

Even the outbreak of WW1 could not stop the influence of the rich and powerful, and when Fred is murdered on the battlefield and branded a coward, it begins a long fight for justice, if only because a section of society appears to be beyond the law.

Assisted by Clive White, an investigative journalist at the Mail, the newspaper uncovers corruption at the highest levels of the Establishment; in the Army, the Police and Government itself and even many years later, attempts were made to stop the investigation and publication of the facts.

Why, when it happened so long ago?

Info: 273 pages l 234 x 156mm







14 responses to “The Foundry Man’s Apprentice”

  1. Mijo Lacube says:

    I’ve just finished reading this book and I loved it! Friendship, Loyalty, Justice, Corruption at high levels …… there’s everything in it. Plus, of course, your matchless style that I do like so much.

  2. Abigail Jones says:

    I bought this book from you on Sunday in the car park. Words can not describe how amazing this book is. I was hooked as soon as I got in my car and haven’t put it down since.

    As I mum I’ve struggled to fit time in to read my books and therefore forgot how much I enjoy absorbing myself in them. After reading this book I feel I have got my hobby back and found my love for my books again. Thank you for sharing this novel with me.

    I hope you have more books like this as I’d love to read them. Keep writing!

  3. Peter McCormick says:

    I read this book in quick time, could not put it down. I can well believe the story to be true, you write it with sensitivity, forcefulness and clarity. It touches many differing emotions.

    I would very much like to read more of your work and would like to know where to obtain them. I like your ethos of the charitable donation and would prefer not to get them from Amazon.

    Thank you for such a great read.

  4. George Wybranski says:

    I can honestly say that your book was a very fine read indeed. A ‘proper’ good old fashioned tale, the likes of which you don’t seem to get any more with really dislikeable characters such as Smith Junior, his family and associates, proper baddies. This tale would make a fantastic televised tale.

    At times I had to keep reminding myself that this is a work of fiction as it’s that convincing and representative of the period it portrays.

  5. Sally Clifford, Bradford Telegraph & Argus says:

    Corruption and cover-ups form part of the thrilling plot in Haworth author, Edward Evans’ latest book. Murder, mystery intrigue – it could be the plot of an Agatha Christie novel.

    Crime fans will enjoy the trials and tribulations of Edward Evans’ latest book.

    ‘The Foundry Man’s Apprentice’ is clearly case for Edward’s well-known character – who readers have come to know and love – the Mail’s investigative journalist, Clive White.

    Haworth-based Edward, whose previous page-turners include ‘11 Py’; ‘Like a Fish out of Water;’ ‘The Piano;’ ‘Come on Granddad hold my hand;’ ‘For the Right Reasons;’ ‘Mooncar’ and ‘Two Old Dears’ focuses on the courageous character, Fred, in his latest tome.

    Fred is one of the families fondly known as the ‘Tremont Mob’ whose friendship and camaraderie develops from the harsh Victorian times in which they live within close-knit communities.

    Homes were generally over-crowded and rented either from landlords, or tied to their work and if they lost their job their employer would think nothing of turning their tenants out on the street.

    Conditions were cruel to put it mildly and poverty was prevalent but there was camaraderie between the children.

    The relationship between the families in Tremont Street, where Fred Wearing and his family lived, was akin to ‘being joined at the hip.

    ‘ ‘The Tremont Street Mob’ as they are fondly known grew up together and played together.

    In those days simple pleasures occupied their time; they used their imaginations and created their own fun.

    Large cardboard boxes were soon transformed into sailing vessels or even homes and boys went into battle with wooden swords and pretend guns.

    There was the usual bullying between those who were more ‘financially fortunate’ but with his mischievous ways Fred was the helpful, happy-go-lucky chap who got away with it – until he made a fool of the son of a company boss….

    As time progressed history caught up with Fred when he became Smith Jnr’s employee but he was smart enough to put up with the verbal assaults.

    ‘Fred’s philosophy was always that you can work anything to your advantage as long as you stop and think about it, which is exactly what he did,’ writes the author.

    Undeterred, and eager to reap revenge, Smith Jnr begins his attempts to frame Fred’s family who also worked for the company.

    Theft allegations from things planted in pockets were just some of the tricks played to discredit the family.

    Vengeful and clearly intent on settling a score, Smith Jnr isn’t a man to be messed with.

    Then there is the brutal rape of one of their own within this tight-knit neighbourhood.

    There are plenty more twists and turns in this thrilling tale but when Fred, the courageous leader and protector of this close-knit community, is murdered on the battlefield during the Great War and branded a coward, his death sparks a campaign for justice.

    And the man who can seek out the truth is none other than the Mail’s investigative journalist, Clive White.

    I won’t divulge too much of the plot, but there are many more revelations in Edward’s latest tome which, incidentally, tips a nod to the famous crime writer, Agatha Christie.

    “I enjoy writing and to use an Agatha Christie expression, it keeps the little grey cells alive,” writes Edward, whose inspiration to put pen to paper comes from his visits to France with his wife Lilian and his home village of Haworth – coincidentally where the famous Bronte siblings lived and penned their books amidst the inspiring moorland.

    The book has wide appeal -particularly for fans of crime fiction.

    ‘The Foundry Man’s Apprentice’ is £12.95 and is published by Worthside. For every book sold Edward, who has raised funds for many charities through the sale of his previous books, is donating £1 to Mind in Horsforth, Leeds.

  6. Graham Daniells says:

    I was innocently looking for a car park when i was accosted by this amazing gentleman. I bought the book and have been reading it ever since. Such an amazing story, told so well. If i didn’t have such a hectic life style i would have just sat down and read it from cover to cover. An amazing read, i can’t wait to finish it and move on to some of his other work. I can’t recommend this author enough. I admit I bought the book from its title alone as my grandfather was a foundryman’s apprentice who went off to the trenches of WW1. The book is about so much more, but parts of it remind me so much of my grandfather’s experiences as he related them to us in odd moments. A Thoroughly great read

  7. Peter Foggo says:

    I bought The Foundry Man’s Apprentice and finished it last night. I just wanted to say it was an excellent read and despite me not being the fastest reader in the world, I finished it in a few days. It was definitely a page turner. It was really strange as you mention The Old George in Newcastle, which is a pub I’ve been in many, many times and had actually been there only days before reading that section.

    In my opinion, I can certainly believe this to be a true story. There have been innumerable cover ups in the armed forces over the years, not to mention in politics and the police force etc. The upper echelons of society has always been a closed shop to the working classes and the way in which The Smiths bought off many people is something that I believe still goes on today. The togetherness of the Tremont Street Mob is something I can relate to also, having been brought up in similar circumstances of togetherness in Newcastle in the 1970’s. Sadly, that seems lost today as communities and neighbours seem very distant, certainly compared to bygone days.

    Thanks again on a brilliant read Edward and I’ll definitely be reading more of your work.

  8. Dave O’Dwyer says:

    Just read your novel, I bought it from you in Haworth. Great story Sir, really liked it and have completed a review in the internet site Goodreads.

  9. Andy McColm says:

    Dear Mr Evans,

    My name is Elaine and I met you recently in the Howarth car park during the Steam Punk/Victorian weekend, you were selling the above book. When we drove out of the car park you asked if I would let you know what I thought of the book. Well I can honestly say that when I got home I picked it up and thought maybe this is not for me, you know you sometimes are not in the mood for the type of book you think you are about to read. However, I am writing to inform you that it was the best book I have read for a long time. The way each and every character is totally explained in detail before and also as you go through the book, made it a most enjoyable experience. The subject was so consuming with twists and turns on all chapters, make this a most compelling book I could not put it down. In short a must read and very well written book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I would highly recommend this book, although at the end I was left puzzled as to if it was a true story or not???

    Kind Regards
    Elaine & Peter

  10. Ian says:

    Hi Edward,

    I was fortunate enough to bump into you at the car park in Haworth last week (the misses and me in a black camper van plus the dog) and took you up on the purchase of your book and parking?

    Have just finished reading it and being ex military and police can relate to how corruption can spread so easily and the problems it can bring. Excellent book, great story line, and i wonder how true to life some of the happenings were in fiction as well as fact. They were harsh times and life was cheap (for some anyway) and your book brings that to the front, Well done, thoroughly enjoyed reading it and whether it be true or not a fitting end to a tyrant.


  11. Jacopo Roncone says:

    Dear Edward,

    You gave me and signed your book “The Foundry Man’s Apprentice” on the 22/12/18 while my family was visiting me and my sister from Italy. It also worked as a parking ticket, what a bonus! I just finished it and little did I know what a wonderful book I had been given.

    Thank you! A wonderful story and masterfully written. It’s not pretentious and the pages turn over so easily which is like having someone narrating the events next to a fire place.

    Until today, your book has been a good companion which made me wonder, smile and reflect and for this I’m extremely grateful. Thank you.

    Keep up the good work and thank you again.

    Yours sincerely,
    Jacopo Roncone

  12. Dan Fielden says:

    Hi Edward,

    Just dropping you a quick line to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your book. (I bought it from you at the Howarth car park a week before Xmas, and so glad I did).

    A brilliant story and extremely well written, the story just flowed seamlessly and kept me captivated.

    I’ll be putting my order in for another of your books very soon.

    All the best,
    Dan Fielden

  13. Doug Guy says:

    Dear Mr. Evans,

    I met you in the Haworth parking lot during the recent holidays and was fortunate enough to purchase your book, “The Foundry Man’s Apprentice”. You joked about passing it on to Steven speilbug when finished and I absurdly replied that he was my next door neighbor.

    I just had to write you and let you know how much I enjoyed the book! I was absolutely furious at Lt Smith and shed quiet a few tears of joy as the story progressed and Fred got his deserved recognition!

    Thank you for the hours of enjoyment!

    Best Regards,
    Doug Guy

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