Published: 15/10/2017
ISBN: 9781788035705
Format: Paperback

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Between 1956 and 1961 I trained as an Art Teacher during which time I regularly exhibited in the Sussex Artists Exhibition held annually at Brighton Royal Pavilion. I also obtained a Masters Degree b... read more

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Beyond the Cattle Arch
by John David Harris M.Ed

Based on the south coast of England near Brighton, the story opens in the late summer of 1947 and initially revolves around a little corner shop where its proprietor, Jack Harper, and his wife, Violet, struggle to make ends meet in the immediate post-war era. The narrative then moves on to describe their son’s love for a beautiful local working-class girl.

Both students, they attend Brighton Art College. But driving along the coast early one morning on the way to their studies, they barely escape being enveloped by a sinister black cloud formation which suddenly and inexplicably moves in from the sea and which scientists later attribute to an aftermath of the atomic attack on Japan in 1945. Actually an immense area of gravitation, the malevolent mass has the effect of transporting the girl back to late Victorian England; a place where she finds apocalyptic differences between the social norms of her day and those of 1887.

Her sanity is barely preserved by the friendship of a local minister’s wife through whom she eventually meets a wealthy and handsome landowner. Finally, despite severe reservations over her working-class background and the love she has left behind, she nevertheless becomes inextricably involved in the new relationship. But it’s a relationship complicated by her uncanny likeness to his long-deceased mother. However, with no apparent way back to her own era, she agrees to marry her eligible suitor and the luxurious lifestyle he has to offer but then, paradoxically, she finds herself presented with the opportunity to return to the England of 1947 and her first love...

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