Carolyn O’Brien’s debut novel THE SONG OF PETERLOO was published in the UK on 1 August 2019 with Legend Press, to coincide with the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester. Described as ‘vivid, gripping and so evocative’, it follows the story of Manchester mill-worker, Nancy Kay. Desperate to provide for her ailing mother and sensitive son, Nancy is inspired to join the growing agitation for political reform. But as she risks everything to attend the great assembly on St Peter’s Field, she is unaware the day will go down in history, not as triumph, but as tragedy: the Peterloo Massacre.
Carolyn studied English at Cambridge University before qualifying as a solicitor. She now works part-time as a consultant lawyer as well as writing and has had numerous short stories published in competition anthologies, magazines and on-line. She was born in Manchester and lives in Altrincham with her husband and two children.