· Paperback: 518 pages
· Publisher: Virago Press Ltd, this edition 2010. First Published 1936
· ISBN-10: 0860689697
Following an interview for the position of head teacher, Sarah Burton returns to her hometown as headmistress of the local school.
She is full of ambition, determined to create a great school and to inspire her girls to take all they can from life. The character of Sarah is modern, a women before her time.
However, Sarah herself, becomes inspired by brilliance exhibited by Lydia Holly, a local girl, known as "the scholarship girl from the shacks"
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