Taking place in the late 1600’s, The Bitter Trade is an entertaining debut. The Glorious Revolution, Dutch invasion and coffee houses in London are all unfamiliar events to me, which made this book all the more fascinating. Calumny Spinks is only 17 years old when introduced, he just wants to be called Mister and to be apprenticed. But when his father’s past catches up with them, things take a turn for the worst. The first bit of this book he came across as an immature adolescent but it was interesting to see how his character evolved throughout this book.