In September 1870 a train leaves Manchester bound for London. On board is Lizzie Burns, a poor worker from the Irish slums who is embarking on a journey that will change her forever. Sitting in the first-class carriage beside her lover, the wealthy mill owner Frederick Engels, the vision of a life of peace and comfort takes shape before her eyes: finally, at nearly fifty, she is to be the lady of a house. We follow Lizzie as the promise of an easy existence in the capital slips from her view and as she gains in its place a profound understanding of herself and of the world.
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