Alice’s face reddened. Anger boiled. ‘You’ve no right to beat me. You’re not my father.’
‘No, thankfully, but I am your legal guardian.’
She glared, her only possible defiance.
Barker produced the strap; a wide, lengthy barber’s strop he used to sharpen his razor. ‘A first for you, eh, Alice?’ He tapped his thigh with the brute. ‘I hope this will suffice to turn you back onto the straight and narrow. If you’re as clever as they say you are, then you’ll straighten yourself out. Now turn around and bend over. Touch your toes.’
1950s Lancashire. Alice’s parents are killed in a freak accident, the naive girl falling into the guardianship of her only relative, Richard Barker. Scheming and tyrannical, the pious man makes sure the innocent girl’s stay with him is not a happy one.
Alice’s precocious school friend, Kate Howell, offers the exquisite girl a way of escape – but life is never so simple. The pair begin the journey of life – a slog that leads vulnerable Alice into the arms of an older man.
The trials of Alice is a tale of harsh discipline, lust and infatuation – of sexual confusion and carnal exploration.