by Harold Brighouse
Salford, 188O. Henry Horatio Hobson is a self-made man, shopkeeper, skinflint and boozer, he’s a tyrant to his daughters and a law unto himself. His youngest daughters are anxious to marry and already have eligible suitors. But their father insists they must wait until his eldest daughter, the practical-minded Maggie is promised in marriage.
When Maggie, defies Hobson’s wishes by announcing she is going to marrying talented but unconfident Will Mossop, his own boot-maker, a battle of wills begins in which he stands to lose his customers, his girls and his pride, but ultimately it is Hobson’s choice.