Troubador Coat with Long Sleeves

Released: 28/05/2020

ISBN: 9781838594060

eISBN: 9781838598587

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Coat with Long Sleeves


What would you do if you lost your wife and kids and somebody took away your job in the company you’d started? If there was nothing left of your old life and your new one held only solitude and isolation? And you shut yourself away. You became a pariah. People hated and despised you, and they feared you with good reason. And then you found something that shouldn’t have been there, that you couldn’t explain. An ancient relic from a forgotten age of witchcraft and superstition, but ultimately from a time when the natural world was a part of the way we lived. And you thought that someone should know about it because it just might change everything. For ever. What would you do?

Geoff Duck’s protagonist is that failed Tech entrepreneur who retreats to the family’s holiday home in rural North Devon when things go pear-shaped; who endures breakdown and seclusion for twenty years until he chances upon the mysterious artefact that he realises has lain untouched for half a millennium.

This novel explores what happens when you have too much time on your hands for your own good. It looks at disconnects with society, with nature, with traditional ways and perhaps with sanity as the protagonist attempts to unravel the true meaning of what he has found and reconcile it with the modern world.

"This is quite unlike any book I have ever read ..

Mysterious and intriguing from the outset ..

It is set in Deep Devon countryside, the Natural World ... not as most of us 'see' it nowadays, but as it once was prehistory, always has been and still is - wild, beautiful and free - sun dappled and secret - dark, primal and foreboding ...

A present day creepy crime thriller, intertwined with ancient Pagan rituals, Green Men, Wood Spirits and Mystical Sacred Groves ..

A few early chapters were a little hard going, but read on and it becomes a book you can't put down ..
Unusually but well written, nicely descriptive with more than a little humour ... and a few shocks, keeps the reader sharp and interested. The twists and turns through out are un-guessable and when the story is finished [except it never really is] there are even more twists ...

Quite incredible ..

Whilst writing the book, the Author couldn't possibly known that 'Coat With Long Sleeves' would be released just as the whole world is locked down ... therefore also Prophetic and thought provoking .

Highly recommended .

Coat with Long Sleeves

by Sue Robinson

Geoff Duck

Geoff Duck was born in Bristol in 1954 and grew up in a thirties semi in what was then a genteel suburb. He was part of the first cohort to sample the comprehensive system and eventually ended up with a PhD in Digital Signal Processing many years later.

A comfortable academic career beckoned, but on a whim, he and a colleague spun out a fledgling technology company focussed on their research. It was a wily move. The telecommunications industry was humming and a very sexy place to be. The company grew into a global player in its specialist niche.

Exiting just before the dot-com bubble burst, Dr Duck unexpectedly found himself embracing family life. He was in no hurry to return to the frenzy, being after all, something of an accidental entrepreneur. He bought some land and planted trees. Lots of trees. He found an ancient farmhouse that needed a little work to bring it back to life and when it was done and his three children had left school, he ‘retired’ to his family roots in North Devon with his wife and they now live in one of the barns in the middle of the countryside looking out over Exmoor and not much else.

He spends his time reading, gardening and walking and now indulges himself with creative writing. Coat with long sleeves, his debut novel, is the result. It has dark moments, but it also has English folklore, green men, nature, the retreat of nature, trees and woodland, ancient vernacular buildings, country churches and pubs. It also has the unexpected.

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