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The Baker's Tale

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Martin Bear & Friends

Copyright © 2015 Thomas Hauser

All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission from the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.

This is a work of fiction. Despite the incidental use of actual historical figures and places, the characters and incidents portrayed in this book are wholly fictional.

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Hauser, Thomas.

The Bakers Tale: Ruby Spriggs and the Legacy of Charles Dickens / Thomas Hauser.

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1. Bakers—England—London—Fiction. 2. London (England)—Social conditions—19th century—Fiction. 3. London (England)—Social life and customs—19th century—Fiction. I. Title.

PS3558.A759B35 2015

813'.54—dc23

2015009414

Cover design by Faceout

Interior design by Neuwirth & Associates

Counterpoint Press

2560 Ninth Street, Suite 318

Berkeley, CA 94710

www.counterpointpress.com

Distributed by Publishers Group West

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e-book ISBN 978-1-61902-669-8

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Contents

Book 1

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Book 2

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Book 3

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Book 4

Chapter 13

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This is a work of fiction. Throughout the manuscript, I have comingled the words of Charles Dickens with my own. I have also drawn from the May 1842 report of the Royal Commission headed by Lord Anthony Ashley that investigated the conditions in England's mines.

Thomas Hauser

New York, N Y

2015

In the winter of 1836, I held an infant in my arms. The child, a girl eight months of age, was living under the most deplorable conditions that existed in London at that time. Since then, I have often wondered what happened to the child.

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Written at sea while returning home to England from America

April 1868

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