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The official website of the project to uncover and disseminate the full background to the murder of Mary Green (aka Polly Button) by John Danks near Abbey Green, Nuneaton, on 18 February 1832.

Special Christmas Promotion

Until 24 December 2019, copies ordered from this website will include a free specially commissioned bookmark and free signing by the author.

Polly Button’s tangled life and brutal death sheds light on a dark period in Nuneaton’s history. They make for a gripping story, but there is significance beyond telling a good tale. Struggling to raise a family as a single parent, when traditional industry is collapsing, and dire poverty is an ever-present threat, is a struggle many are familiar with today. Polly Button – a name redolent of its time – has something to tell us, even from the grave.

– KEN LOACH, TV and film director, twice winner of the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival

Packed with meticulous original research and scholarship, this is an absolutely fascinating book. It reveals the economic catastrophe that hit Nuneaton in the early 1800s through the impact it had on destitute families and the personal tragedies it produced.

– JOHN BURTON, eminent Nuneaton historian and Chairman of the George Eliot Fellowship

Thoroughly researched and effectively captures the atmosphere of poverty and desperation in early 19th Century Nuneaton.

– DAVID PATERSON, Chair, Nuneaton branch of the Historical Association

This book is so much more than a murder story. It is also a well-researched study of the socio-economic conditions which prevailed in Nuneaton at the time Polly was murdered.

– John Veasey

 It’s an outstanding piece of historical research. The beautiful cover, with the lady in the misty fields, just seems so evocative of the tragic life of Polly Button. The quality of the actual physical book, the print and illustrations are superb. I particularly enjoyed reading about what happened to her children.

– Brenda Evans

The printed copies look fantastic – we hope that you are as pleased with them as we are.

– Joe Shillito, Senior Production Controller, Troubador Publishing

Really well researched, well written and interesting book. I love the fact that the oppressed life of poor, wretched Polly now counts.

– Vivien Proctor-Parr

Difficult to put down.

– Jim Gee

It’s a lovely book. It is really good and brilliantly written so far, it arrived in the post and was beautifully packed. I’d recommend it to anyone, it’s brilliant.

– Denise Wing

Loved it – so interesting to hear about Nuneaton at the time, felt so sorry for all the residents.

– Claire Louise Field

What a fascinating book! So much historical background too. Well done – this story is amazing.

-Janie Jay

Sitting on a wall waiting for my daughter and can’t wait to get stuck in to reading this. For once I hope she doesn’t hurry.

– Jan Richardson

Fascinating insight into Nuneaton at the time, very well written, thoroughly enjoyable. Well done!

– Steph Taunton

Great read Loving it, unfortunately grandchild keeps getting in the way of me finishing it.

– Jane Thompson

The book is brilliant.
– David Clarke

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. It is so well researched, and the references and pictures give an image of how hard life at that time must have been. Thank you very much for writing it and sharing your research with us.
– Stephanie Pitt

The book is really interesting, learning more about my husband’s ancestry at each read and the facts are very informative. Thank you, Steve, you have done a brilliant job.
– Linda O’Connor

Just wanted to say that I’m halfway through the book, and it’s truly brilliant. You have done an amazing job. I can visualise what Nuneaton would have been like in that time, the murder of Polly was truly awful!  Looking forward to reading more. Just wanted to say a big congratulations on what you have achieved.
– Jessica Cooke

A great read. Well researched and well written. Most enjoyable.
– Elaine Whitney

Polly Button’s tangled life and brutal death sheds light on a dark period in Nuneaton’s history. They make for a gripping story, but there is significance beyond telling a good tale. Struggling to raise a family as a single parent, when traditional industry is collapsing, and dire poverty is an ever-present threat, is a struggle many are familiar with today. Polly Button – a name redolent of its time – has something to tell us, even from the grave.

- KEN LOACH, TV and film director, twice winner of the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival

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