Published: 28/08/2015
ISBN: 9781784623722
eISBN: 9781784625801
Format: Hardback/eBook



Buy Printed Book

£14.99

Buy as a printed book
from our online shop

Find this ebook at your favourite retailer


About the Author



I was born in Hungary in a city called Kecskemet where I studied at the Zoltan Kodaly Music School. I gained my qualifications as a laboratory assistant at the Zsuzsanna Kossuth Health Vocational Coll... read more

There are 0 items in your basket | Checkout

Who Will Be Your Judge
by Edie Watney Judd

Who Will Be Your Judge is a historical mystery thriller that starts during WW2 and continues into 1960’s gangland London.

Two small brothers, Billy and Richard, experience a difficult childhood when growing up in the East End. Evacuated from London during the Blitz, they are sheltered at the House of Nazareth and under the control of some viscous nuns. Life there is so bad that they prefer to go back to the bombs of London.

The war, however, claims the lives of both their parents, and they are rehomed once more at Barnardo’s until separated by adoption. George Seagrave adopts Richard and takes him to his family in the country where Richard has to adapt to strict Victorian rules. Billy in turn is claimed by a poor, childless couple in the East End.

As they grow, Billy’s dream of becoming a professional boxer vanishes as he develops epilepsy. Bitter and angry he gets involved in smash and grab raids as he promises himself to get out of poverty. He works his way up to become a club owner in the West End.

Richard, now a priest, hears about Billy’s raids and tries to persuade his brother to give up that lifestyle. It is only when Billy is asked to clear his grandmother's flat and finds a letter – a letter which contains a secret – that everything starts to change for both him and Richard.

This is a very powerful novel about family, war and gangland culture.

  • Author News
  • View Press Coverage
  • Read Book Reviews
  • Review This Book

"
My name's Bryony. I work for BDiscovered and have been given the opportunity to change your book into a screenplay. Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on the book; it's very raw and I thought it was a very good read."
5 Star Reviews
'I bought this book and read it in 24 hours. Cannot wait for the film.
A brilliant read!!' - Amazon Reviewer

'A dramatic story set in wartime and post-war England. Loved the factual
account of London during the war. Intriguing idea of how two brothers can
lead such opposing lives. A varied soundtrack of modern and classic music makes this a unique, first if its kind audio novel.' - Audible review

4 Star Review
"This story follows the divergent paths of these two boys. The ending will haunt you."
Goddard Books

4 Star Review: Historical Novel Society

"The spirit, language, dangers and horrors of The Blitz have all been captured perfectly by the author, as has the aftermath and Billy’s rise in the underworld. The book is written in the present tense, which may not be to everybody’s taste, but in this case it works very well.

However, I have an issue with an incident which occurs near the end of the book and, although it is an important part of the story, I feel that such an occurrence was somewhat implausible for several reasons – believability and factually inaccurate being the main two. My other disappointment was with the length of the book: I felt that much more could have been made of the characters and their lives without spoiling the style or flow of the narrative. These points aside, a very good read."

Radio Interview
Tune in on 23rd September to Radio Europe for my interview.

www.ediewatneyjudd.co.uk

Historical Novel Society

Books Monthly

Mojomums

This is a sensitive story movingly told. A gentle page turner about two brothers separated after their parents died during the war and are set of very different yet ultimately parallel paths. It reminded me of the fiction of the best-selling author Catherine Cookson.

by Bob


 

Your Review

Your Name
Please enter your name.

To combat spam, please enter the text opposite into the box below:
Please enter the text:

 

Return to Book List