Troubador Schemes and Boats and Cranes

Released: 28/01/2019

ISBN: 9781789016796

eISBN: 9781789019124

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Schemes and Boats and Cranes

1. T’e Prison Graduate. 2. ‘Curtiss’. 3. Triple Golfing Hazards.


This book has no literary pretensions, put together too hurriedly by an impatient old git who could have padded it out Dickens style or in the manner of Hardy’s The Well-Beloved.

It reflects a time when the Battle of Britain was won, the bombing had eased a fair bit and life, although grey and monotonous with the ever present queues for food, was showing the first signs of normalisation. This despite heavy militarisation leading up to D Day.

Homosexuality was scorned by the judgemental masses and severely punished by the military. It was rarely despised by the non-parochial or the intelligent and the real heroine and heroes were of the type who would resist the disparagement or ill treatment of their fellows. They often needed courage to do so.

In another sphere the irrational, spiteful treatment of foreigners, even refugees, conditioned the author to write of events that seared his mind as a youngster.

Like most novels, I suspect that fiction has a certain amount of experience involved in its fabric and certainly the events described could have happened.

Very well written each story makes you want to read to the end. I finished reading it all in one go. I would recommend this book highly very enjoyable.

by David Pick

The reader is taken to a lovely part of our country described in such a way as to make you experience it. Each story is well written and leaves you wanting to know more about the characters in it and what lies ahead for them. The surprise comes at the end when all the seemingly individual stories are connected in a very clever way. A lovely book showing the good in humanity and quite though provoking. A most enjoyable read.

by Yvonne Kent

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