The Cumbrian Trilogy comprises three novels by Melvyn Bragg, published between 1969 and 1980.
The story is set predominantly in Thurston (Bragg's name for Wigton), from the 1920s to the 1970s, and follows the lives of John Tallentire, his son Joseph, and his grandson Douglas. These three characters are central to the novels The Hired Man, A Place in England, and Kingdom Come, respectively.
As the family saga unfolds, Bragg sets the constant family characteristics of the protagonists against the flow of historical change.
Tallentire family tree
Harry = (wife) (son) = (wife) Isaac Seth = (wife) Helen = George Lester (illegitimate) = Emma (de facto) Harry Aileen = Harry (see below) Thomas John = Emily Sarah Alice Harry (killed in WWI) May Joseph = Betty Douglas = Mary Anne (died young) John Harry (adopted) = Aileen (see above) (daughter) = Avril (John's 2nd wife) Mary Frank (killed in World War II) Donald (killed in World War II) Anne Robert