Ben o' Bill's, The Luddite: A Yorkshire Tale is a work of fiction written by D.F.E. Sykes and George H. Walker, and was first published in 1898. Later editions credited only Sykes as the author.
The book was republished in the 1980s by Lambsbreath Publications with an introduction by Lesley Kipling.
Under the current terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the copyright of literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works in the United Kingdom expires at the end of the period of 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies. Authors who died prior to 1925 were not eligible to have copyright on their works extended under the Duration of Copyright and Rights in Performances Regulations 1995, and their works were protected for a period of 50 years.
Daniel Frederick Edward Sykes, died in June 1920 and copyright on his works expired at the end of 1970. George Henry Walker died in June 1905.
A transcript of the book prepared by John Parkinson is available to read online at the Project Gutenberg web site: