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John Ackworth

John Ackworth was the pen name of the Rev. Frederick R. Smith, a Methodist minister who was born in Snaith, Yorkshire, but spent much of his career as a circuit preacher in Lancashire. Beckside Lights is the sequel to his popular collection of stories Clog Shop Chronicles. Set in the fictional village of Beckside (said to be somewhere between Manchester and Bolton), the book consists of 12 tales of everyday life in a close-knit Methodist community, which continue with a third volume, Doxy Dent (1899). Based on an entertaining group of Methodist who gather around Jabez Clegg's clog shop fire, the stories are sentimental at times, but Ackworth has a nice sense of irony and refrains from proselytizing. Ackworth was also a student of the Lancashire dialect and the spoken passages in his books are mostly written in a phonetic version of late 19th-century Bolton speech, which I have done my best to reproduce. ( Phil Benson)

John Ackworth was the pen name of the Rev. Frederick R. Smith, a Methodist minister who was born in Snaith, Yorkshire, but spent much of his career as a circuit preacher in Lancashire. Beckside Lights is the sequel to his popular collection of stories Clog Shop Chronicles. Set in the fictional village of Beckside (said to be somewhere between Manchester and Bolton), the book consists of 12 tales of everyday life in a close-knit Methodist community, which continue with a third volume, Doxy Dent (1899). Based on an entertaining group of Methodist who gather around Jabez Clegg's clog shop fire, the stories are sentimental at times, but Ackworth has a nice sense of irony and refrains from proselytizing. Ackworth was also a student of the Lancashire dialect and the spoken passages in his books are mostly written in a phonetic version of late 19th-century Bolton speech, which I have done my best to reproduce. ( Phil Benson)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

John Ackworth was the pen name of the Rev. Frederick R. Smith, a Methodist minister who was born in Snaith, Yorkshire, but spent much of his career as a circuit preacher in Lancashire. Beckside Lights is the sequel to his popular collection of stories Clog Shop Chronicles. Set in the fictional village of Beckside (said to be somewhere between Manchester and Bolton), the book consists of 12 tales of everyday life in a close-knit Methodist community, which continue with a third volume, Doxy Dent (1899). Based on an entertaining group of Methodist who gather around Jabez Clegg's clog shop fire, the stories are sentimental at times, but Ackworth has a nice sense of irony and refrains from proselytizing. Ackworth was also a student of the Lancashire dialect and the spoken passages in his books are mostly written in a phonetic version of late 19th-century Bolton speech, which I have done my best to reproduce. ( Phil Benson)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Phil Benson

Length:

8h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

29:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

30:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

29:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

20:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

22:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

25:49