Love on the Dole Author:Walter Greenwood Walter Greenwood's "Love on the Dole" was the "Cathy Come Home" of the 30's, the first novel to be set against a backcloth of chronic unemployment. Raw, violent and powerful, it was a cry of outrage that did as much in its way as the Jarrow march to stir the national conscience. — In Hanky Park near Salford, Harry and Sally Hardcastle greow up in... more » a society preoccupied with mean economies, exploited by bookies and pawnbrokers, bullied by petty officials, sliding hopelessly toward the horrors of the Means Test.
His apprenticeship over, Harry joins the shuffling dole queue. As the months pass, he sinks into nerveless apathy: his love affair with a local girl ends in a shotgun marriage and, disowned by his family, Harry is tempted by crime. Sally, meanwhile, falls in love with Larry Meath, a self-educated Marxist. But Larry is a sick man and other, more powerful rivals for her affections are closing in ...« less