Walter Greenwood: Love on the Dole (2579 words)


Love on the Dole was Walter Greenwood’s first novel and is still his best-remembered. It established his reputation, was highly influential at the time and since, and rapidly changed his life from being an unemployed worker in Salford to being a best-selling novelist. Love on the Dole is the story of the Hardcastle family and their neighbours in a poor part of Salford, Hanky Park. Mr Hardcastle is a miner and Mrs Hardcastle a housewife; their son Harry works first at a pawnshop and is then an apprentice engineer, while their daughter Sally works at a textile mill. Neighbours include the qualified engineer Larry Meath, and a group of older women who both help and exploit for their own gain the other inhabitants of …

Citation: Hopkins, Chris. "Love on the Dole". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 November 2019 [, accessed 27 November 2022.]

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