Over the next weeks, I am going to be posting the full text of my book, Remarkable, but still True.
Published in 2007 by Westgate Publishing of Guisborough in a limited edition, copies can be found in libraries and second-hand.
I think it needs to be available online in full for several reasons.
Firstly, Hutton Rudby was a village through which many people passed, and many of their descendants – as I know from contacts through my previous website, www.jakesbarn.co.uk – are in search of their family history. There are many local people named in the book, with stories and details that would be very hard to find elsewhere.
Secondly, the story told in the book isn't only relevant to the Hutton Rudby area. The Revd Barlow's family came from Dublin. Mr Barlow's brother, James Barlow Hoy, became a Hampshire landowner and MP for Southampton. His daughter Louisa Barlow Hoy lived in Italy, where she married a Florentine nobleman, the Marquis Guadagno Guadagni – and it's likely that the only surviving descendants of the Barlows are amongst the Guadagni family.
Thirdly, it's a very good story!
As reading online is a different experience from reading a book, I shall break up the longer paragraphs to make it easier.