New action adventure novel explores the Pottery Riots of 1842

Margaret Moxom announces publication of ‘Footsteps in the Past’

Stoke -on-Trent, England – In Margaret Moxom’s new paranormal-historical novel, “Footsteps in the Past” (published by AuthorHouse UK), a nurse named Jane finds herself whisked back into 1842 after seeing a ghostly figure running away from the Ash Hall Nursing Home, where she works.

In order to find out why she has been sent back in time, and to find out who the ghostly figure was, she attends Chartist meetings — the Chartists campaign for six parliamentary reforms to free the workers from slavery, and to get the vote for the common people — and follows the rioters, putting herself in peril. She witnesses the pottery riots and gives a first-hand account of the riots, the degradation of the pottery workers, what the area looked like in 1842 and the utter differences between the rich and the poor at the time.

“This is a history of the area that is not widely known and I believe readers will be interested to know their own history. I have tried to wrap fiction around fact to try to bring the history of the time to life,” Moxom states.

“Also, a plaque has been erected in Burslem this year to commemorate the killing of Josiah Heapy in the Pottery Riots.”


“Footsteps in the Past”

By Margaret Moxom

Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 270 pages | ISBN 9781546294436

E-Book | 270 pages | ISBN 9781546294443

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Margaret painting in her attic

About the Author

Margaret Moxom is now retired and living in Werrington, near Stoke on Trent. She has a teaching certificate to teach art and German, but spent most of her working life as a secretary, her final position being at a National Health Service mental health hospital in North London. She’s lived most her life in London, except for four years, when she bought a pub in Ostend, Belgium, and learned Dutch. There she met her partner of 25 years and returned, with her, to London. Throughout her life she has painted, mainly commissioned pieces. Moxom has published three other books entitled “Escape from Reality,” “Kerry” and “Danni.” More information is available at: