Linda Hayner’s historical fiction novel, The Foundling
, begins on a cold January morning 1644 at a parish church in London. Willy, a four-year-old foundling, has been abandoned on the porch steps where the parish constable finds him. The orphaned child is taken in and is cared for throughout his childhood. Eventually Willy is apprenticed to an ironmonger to learn how to make his own way in life. But when his circumstances abruptly change, he must rely on his natural ingenuity and his early training in order to survive.
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