The Caseroom

By Kate Hunter

Format: Paperback

The Caseroom follows the fortunes of Iza Ross as she joins the ranks as one of around 800 women who, for the first time, have been allowed to join Edinburgh's thriving print industry in the late 19th to early 20th century as typesetters: a male-dominated trade which stands resistant to changes in the industry.

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Kate Hunter is a debut author with a compelling new novel that examines a previously unexplored period in Scottish history: Edinburgh's print industry in the late-nineteenth century - a volatile time of significant change.

In The Caseroom, Edinburgh is at the heart of Britain's print industry and St Leonards and Canonmills ring with the clamour of print works. Determined to follow her father and older brothers into the print trade, Iza Ross enters the caseroom of Ballantynes' Pauls works in Causewayside as a callow thirteen-year old.

Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh's thriving print industry in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, Iza enters the ranks as one of around 800 women, who for the first time have been allowed to join the work force as typesetters: a male-dominated trade which stands resistant to the changes in the industry.

Set in the thick of workers' lives in Edinburgh's thriving print industry, The Caseroom follows Iza into the arcane world of the caseroom where she learns the intricacies of a highly-skilled trade. As one of some 800 Edinburgh women who for a few decades did so, she becomes a hand-typesetter, work that had been, and was to become once more, a male preserve.


Despite hostility to the cheap labour that women represent, Iza persists in work that allows her to feed her imagination on books. But holding on to her trade means hardening herself to the needs of those she loves. And when the men's union moves to eliminate women from the caseroom and a We Women movement forms to oppose them, there is no middle ground. Torn between class and gender loyalties and embroiled in a bitter labour dispute, Iza must choose sides.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Fledgling Press
Publication Date 31 May 2017
ISBN 9781905916221
Number of Pages 384

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