It is 1913. Malise Monroe is 15, lives with her father Gabriel in Dundee and earns herself an education as a pupil-teacher. When an innocent flirtation with the son of the rich local factory owners results in her pregnancy, violence and tragedy ensue. Malise finds herself penniless and alone.
It's 1913. Malise Monroe, a fiery fifteen-year-old, earns herself an education teaching younger children at a Dundee schoolhouse. Her father Gabriel is passionately devoted to improving conditions for workers in the jute industry and battles against the Fraser family, the local factory's idle, rich owners. Despite sharing her father's beliefs, Malise cannot help finding herself attracted to Neil Fraser, the family's good-looking younger son. Her innocent flirting leads to a terrible incident and Malise finds herself pregnant. Furious beyond words when he discovers what Fraser has done to his daughter, Gabriel rushes to avenge Malise and is killed in the melee that ensues. Utterly abandoned, Malise has no choice but to accept a proposal of marriage from schoolteacher Gordon Scott. He is much older than Malise, and crippled, but he is her only chance to save her reputation. Then the war comes and everything changes forever. As the men of Dundee enlist to fight in France, the city's women must take their place in the jute factory. Malise takes up her father's cause, championing workers' rights and coming back into conflict with the Frasers again. Yet Malise has an even bigger fight on her hands. Neil Fraser returns from the fighting in France and now covets the handsome son that Malise adores...
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PUBLISHING NEWS featured THAT MONROE GIRL, with a brief summary of the book,in their 'debut' roundup of "Forthcoming first-timers ... the new names to watch" in February. BBC Radio Essex have interviewed Diane and BBC Radio Scotland's 'Cover Stories' are also interested. Diane wrote a brilliant piece for the Sunday Times' 'Confessions of a Tourist' slot which will run shortly The Dundee Telegraph & Post wrote: ' With a strong, sympathetic heroine who must battle against insurmountable odds, That Monroe Girl is an accomplished first novel' 'Her moving ambitious book has a lot to tell us about a hugely important era of Scottish industrial history. One has a sense of real and impressive research into the period.'THE HERALD (Glasgow) Author Diane Cosgrove int
About Diane Cosgrove
Diane Cosgrove was born and bred in Dundee. Having travelled Europe as a holiday rep and completed a stint as a merchant banker in the City of London, she now lives in Essex with her husband and two young children. This is her first novel.
That Monroe Girl by Diane Cosgrove
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