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The Last Ballad

Wiley Cash

Debut on the Faber list from a prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author. Inspired by actual events, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression, with the emotional power of Cold Mountain and The Secret Scripture.

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Ella May Wiggins’ husband has run off again, and she must keep her four young children alive with the only work she can find — the night shift at a North Carolina mill. When union leaflets begin to circulate, she yearns for the better life the organisers promise. But the mill owners, backed by other nefarious forces, claim the union is nothing but a front for the Bolshevik menace sweeping across Europe, and they will use every means in their power, including bloodshed, to prevent the workers banding together…

Critic Reviews

Elegantly and movingly woven.

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A powerful book that speaks to contemporary concerns through historical injustice.

New York Times Book Review
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The Last Ballad is simultaneously the evocation of an exemplary individual and the portrait of an era.

Laird Hunt, Guardian
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In his third novel, prizewinning author Wiley Cash brings to life the overlooked labour movement that shook early twentieth-century America.

Sunday Times

Wiley Cash is the New York Times best selling author of The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind than Home, This Dark Road to Mercy and, most recently, When Ghosts Come Home. He currently serves as writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives with his wife and two young daughters on…

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