For this novel I conducted extensive research into British life in the 19th century through every medium possible: books, TV series, films, documentaries, museums and interviews.

I also trawled through numerous websites on 19th century textiles and fabrics; the growing, harvesting and production of cotton; the international cotton trade throughout the 1800s; slavery and abolition on the cotton fields of the US and the Caribbean; the British justice system; the history of The New Bailey Prison in Salford; prison hulls; arrival of convicts in Botany Bay; tall ships, sea travel to New Zealand and pioneering in New Zealand; workhouse conditions; work conditions in the mills; the business principles of the John Lewis department store in the UK, Ricardo Semler’s Semco in Brazil and Teal organisations in general; Victorian fashion and clothing; nutrition, diseases and medical care; fitness, boxing and gymnastics; schools, colleges and universities; the role of the unions, union strikes and riots; the Heywood family of bankers in Manchester; historic street maps of Manchester; inns and boarding houses in Manchester and Oxford; cemeteries; carriages, train stations and trains; mill workers' housing; floor plans, interior materials and furniture of Victorian mills and mansions; book printing and publishing; the etiquette of letter writing; and Victorian art.

If you'd like to know more about the process of writing Faith and Fearlessness, please read an excellent interview with M.G. Thomas by Maria Grazia Spila of FlyHigh.

Literature – non-fiction

How To Be A Victorian - Ruth Goodman

The Victorians - Jeremy Paxman

The Victorian House - Judith Flanders

The Making Of The English Working Class - E.P. Thompson

Sybil, The Two Nations - Benjamin Disraeli

Memories Of The Lancaster Cotton Mills - Ron Freethy

The Story Of Lancashire Cotton - Ron Freethy

Riot! The story Of The East Lancashire Loom-breakers In 1826 - William Turner

The Victorian Schoolroom - Trevor May

Richard Doyle’s Journal, 1840

The Penguin History Of New Zealand - Michael King

Turning The Tables - Ricardo Semler

Reinventing Organisations - Frédéric Laloux

Stephen King On Writing / A Memoir Of The Craft

The Elements Of Eloquence - Mark Forsyth

How Not To Write A Novel - Newman and Mittelmark

Literature – fiction

North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell

Wives and Daughters - Elizabeth Gaskell

Mary Barton - Elizabeth Gaskell

Ruth - Elizabeth Gaskell

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Persuasion - Jane Austen

Emma - Jane Austen

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

Villette - Charlotte Brontë

The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

Shirley - Charlotte Brontë

A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens

Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens

Hard Times - Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

Barnaby Rudge - Charles Dickens

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

Silas Marner - George Eliot

Far From The Madding Crowd - T. Hardy

Dracula - Bram Stoker

My First Travels In North America - Isabella L. Bird

The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters

Affinity - Sarah Waters

Fingersmith - Sarah Waters

Tipping The Velvet - Sarah Waters

To The Bright Edge Of The World - Eowyn Ivey

The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton

TV series and films

Our Mutual Friend - Sandy Welch 1998

North & South - Sandy Welch 2004

Jane Eyre - Sandy Welch 2007

Emma - Sandy Welch 2009

Vanity Fair - Andrew Davies 1998

Wives & Daughters - Andrew Davies 1999

Tipping The Velvet - Andrew Davies 2002

Bleak House - Andrew Davies 200

Cranford - Heidi Thomas 1996

Return To Cranford - Heidi Thomas 2009

Sense And Sensibility - Emma Thompson 1995

The Mill On The Floss - Hugh Stoddart 1997

Pride And Prejudice - Deborah Moggah 2005

Fingersmith - Peter Ransley 2005

The Mill - John Fay 2013

The Village - Peter Moffat 2013


Victorian Farm - Ruth Goodman 2009

Victorian Pharmacy - Ruth Goodman 2010

Victorian Bakers - Ruth Goodman 2016

The Victorians, their story in pictures - Jeremy Paxman 2009

Hidden Killers Of The Victorian Home - Suzannah Lipscomb 2013

The Children Who Built Victorian Britain - Jane Humphries 2011

England’s Horrible Workhouse Conditions - Kirstin Bradshaw 2015


Charles Dickens House - London

Victoria and Albert Museum - London

Museum of Science and Industry - Manchester

People’s History Museum - Manchester

John Rylands library - Manchester

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum - Burnley

National Railway Museum - York

New Zealand Maritime Museum - Auckland

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Auckland

The Pah Homestead - Auckland

Russell Museum - Russell

Pompallier Mission and Printery - Russell

Puke Ariki Museum - New Plymouth

Museum Plantin-Moretus - Antwerp

Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam

Maritime Museum - Amsterdam

Museum van Loon - Amsterdam

Museum Willet-Holthuysen - Amsterdam

Huis Marseille - Amsterdam