Troubador The Marginalised

Released: 28/07/2021

ISBN: 9781800464117

eISBN: 9781800466173

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The second novel in the April Gardiner series. The world is not done with April yet...

After a long struggle with infertility, April has become a mother but is struggling to adjust to the competing roles of motherhood, whilst trying to do her best for the families and children she works with. Meanwhile, after having her two little girls removed from her care, alcoholic mother Samantha Bushell’s life takes a downward spiral. Worse still, challenges faced by other families and children, including fourteen-year-old, Isobel Thorne who, after bravely disclosing sexual abuse to her teacher, finds life becomes significantly worse rather than better. Can there ever be a solution for all this pain?

Although the novel is fictional, the characters and their situations are representative of the many families who come into contact with social services. Teresa Devereux is an experienced social worker and the stories are based on her personal experiences. They depict the reality of social work and the dilemmas and complexities social workers face whilst trying to safeguard children. Whilst there is sadness there are happy endings for some and a spattering of humour throughout as social workers and other similar professionals strive to support and improve the lives of these children who live on the margins.

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb follow-up novel
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 August 2021
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This book is an excellent follow-up to the author's debut novel 'Broken Lives'.

Her clear experience instils the storylines with great credibility and resonance ; it gives the understanding of how down-trodden individuals can come to make ill-judged and often self-destructive decisions. You will find yourself really caring about the characters involved, in some cases long after finishing the last page.
Despite the serious issues explored though, the book has definite 'light and shade'. There are cases of lives turned around and new beginnings offering hope and expectation

The series (more to come I hope?) would make the excellent basis for a refreshing TV drama exploring current injustices of social inequality but balancing despair with optimism. The characters are strongly drawn and I have already cast the caring April, who has great determination matched with engaging self-doubt, as Charlotte Ritchie.

by Juliet Scott Massie


Teresa Devereux

Teresa is a full member of the Health and Social Care Council and holds the advanced diploma in social work. She worked on the front line in child protection for 11 years before becoming a manager. The need for confidentiality inadvertently raises many misconceptions around social workers and the families they work with and these novels provide a glimpse into the mysterious world of social work and the families whose lives are blighted by disadvantage and hardship. Broken Lives was written primarily as an entertaining read but has also been of interest to colleges and universities. Teresa is frequently asked to give presentations to social work students relating the cases discussed in her novels.

Teresa is an active campaigner for social justice and equality of opportunities. She uses every opportunity to advocate for fairness in society and speaks out against discrimination of any kind. She has seen for herself the hardship, deprivation and lifelong battles caused by disadvantage and poverty and this is starkly evident in her writing.

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