Troubador It’s Cold at the End of the Bed

Released: 28/03/2022

ISBN: 9781803130798

eISBN: 9781803139111

Format: Paperback/eBook

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It’s Cold at the End of the Bed

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On their final day at Oakwood Primary two talented pupils, Sam Martin, the best in school at sport, and Charlie Woods, its brightest academic prospect, go head to head in the Year 6 fifty metre dash. It is a day neither of them will forget.

Afterwards, they go their separate ways to different schools. Charlie achieves her goal of gaining a place to read engineering at Imperial College London and Sam fulfils his dream of winning a professional rugby contract but struggles with the physical and mental pressures inherent in playing sport for a living.

When life changing events bring the two together again, can the spark of friendship that Sam and Charlie felt when they were young be rekindled? 

A story of loss, love, frustrated ambitions and shattered hopes unfolds as they strive to overcome their emotional and physical challenges.

13.11.21 First novel is at the cover design and typesetting stage preparing for publication in 2022.
Jan. 2022 Novel now passed for press and Jack at Troubador is designing the cover.
Feb. 2022 Cover approved and used on the bookshop site. Publication date 28 March.
Mar 2022 Now available to pre-order as a paperback from Waterstones, WH Smith and Amazon, and as an eBook from Apple and Amazon.
28.03.2022 Published and available. A special day...

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InTouch Rugby

The author shows both skill and insight in understanding what it means to approach adulthood and all it’s challenges and complexities. I felt great empathy with the lead characters and I was left thinking that I wanted to spend more time with them which is the biggest compliment I can pay. A great read.




by An avid reader


The author uses his knowledge of education and sport expertly to provide an insightful account of the main characters as they move through adolescence to adulthood and face serious mental and physical challenges. A most enjoyable and gripping read. You really want to know what is going to happen next in their lives.

by Chris Kelly


I'm not a prolific reader of books exploring contemporary issues but I'm glad I made an exception for this clash between the coming-of-age and the onset of irreversible change. I was struck by the premise, enjoyed the characters and found it an interesting l way to explore depression. It's a strong storyline.

by Guy Waller


A rites-of-passage story that looks at love, family life and mental and physical challenges through a new lens. Pacy narrative and sparkling dialogue. A great read.

by Georgina Foss


Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson was born in Brixton, went to Bec Grammar School in Tooting and read geography at Oxford University where he won blues for rugby and judo. After serving five years in the Parachute Brigade he had a successful career in teaching. His final post was as Head of Millfield School in Somerset. He lives with his wife in Stoke Gabriel by the River Dart in Devon.

He started writing in retirement. An Arvon course at Totleigh Barton fired his enthusiasm and encouraged him to attempt a novel. He has now completed two. It's Cold at the End of the Bed is the first to be published.

Author's Note

I loved playing rugby but would I have wanted it to be my job? A question I asked myself at Millfield where I saw the dedication of outstanding athletes whose dream was to play professional sport. Sam's cautionary tale reminds us that a rugby career presents serious mental and physical challenges. It's a tough way to make a living even for the supremely talented.


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