Near fine condition.Sphere,2006.First UK edition-first printing.Green hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,small nick and scratch on the cover) with Dj(a couple of nicks and creases on the edges of the Dj cover),both in near fine condition.Nice and clean pages as new with a small colour mark and nick on the outer edges,small mark on the edge of page 25,small nicks and creases on the edges of the pages.Nice and clean book with light shelf wear.374pp.Price un-clipped. This is another paragraph Product Description: Set against the harsh and gritty background in the Industrial Revolution, this is a story of poverty and star-crossed love, of sexual exploitation and deceit, of greed, murder and revenge. Luther Dearne has made a fortune wheeling and dealing with the wealthy ironmasters of South Riding - and by cheating the Swedish shippers who bring their iron to sell in England. Rich, powerful and apparently above the law, he has everything his heart desires - except children. When one day a woman turns up in the tavern with an orphaned little girl for sale, Luther does not hesitate, he buys her. Little does he know what he has done for this child, Lissie, with her great beauty and mysterious origins, whom his wife hates at first sight, will prove to be both his greatest joy, his deepest heartache and eventually his undoing.