Troubador Potential

Released: 28/01/2020

ISBN: 9781838591847

eISBN: 9781838597115

Format: Paperback/eBook

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A young boy’s creative potential, crushed by prejudice and cruelty, is reawakened decades later following a terrorist attack in Paris. Now an international bodyguard, he feels compelled to trace his childhood friend - a quest that re-ignites his genius. Finally he is able to produce a masterpiece which will unleash the potential of anyone who experiences it. 

Potential is the story of two 1960’s schoolchildren bound together by the Greenwich Meridian - the Line that splits the globe into East and West. The girl who fulfils her destiny, the boy-artist in love with the beauty of colours who has his stolen before it can flower. 

A future Oscar-winner projected to fame, a legendary American painter regaining his mastery – how art can inspire and re-inspire greatness. London’s National Gallery, Barbara Streisand’s last West End performance, the 1966 World Cup, all dovetail in a tantalising journey to find the long-lost potential of a great artist who will change the world.

An interesting read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the main character's journey through life especially in relation to his obsession with colours. I struggled to put it down. Certainly a good page turner.

by Christine Howard

I really enjoyed reading this book, the time period was great and I felt like the characters were meant to be a part of the time.

by NetGalley review

Keith Bradbrook

Keith Bradbrook is a former journalist and communications head for a major UK children's charity. Potential is his first full work of fiction.

'Everyone has the capacity to be great or influential at something, but so often the tragedy is they never find out or recognise what that is. I wanted to explore how people, especially children and young people, could discover their potential, in this case through art.'

'It's always fascinated me how one work of art, perhaps a painting or sculpture, can make such an impression on you but another piece leave you cold. And what if an artist had the ability to make that connection every time?'

Much of Potential revolves around the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and its famous Meridian Line. For Keith, growing up on London's Isle of Dogs, the well-known vista looking up to the Observatory from the River Thames was a constant theme.

'Greenwich as the home of time and the Meridian Line running around the world are so evocative. I always knew my first novel would explore this special place with its important global impact.'

'Greenwich, art, the National Gallery, football, the Lake District, which is another very special place for me, all intermingle in a story that looks at potential in various ways - through the loss and discovery of a creative force, in love and in tragedy.'

Keith and his wife, Daryle, live by the Thames in Kent not far from their two sons, Elliot and Tom, and their families. He has completed his second novel - about movies.

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