Troubador Letters to the Editor

Released: 28/03/2020

eISBN: 9781838595760

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Letters to the Editor

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During the 1980’s Jack Kelly was a celebrity broadcaster and successful novelist. Terrestrial television was enjoying its heyday and TV presenters started to receive the status of A-Lister celebrities. Jack’s life in the public eye allowed him a privileged position only a few experienced. He had access to select places and stars around the world, with an adoring army of fans.  


Several decades later, while preparing for a new show in the USA, Jack receives a phone call from his secretary. A story about Jack has emerged on social media which has gone viral. It has details of his relationship with a young woman, Marian Davies, 30 years previously. 

He is more than ready to dismiss the warning at first, but the pressing urgency in his secretary’s voice leads him to stop in his tracks. He looks back over the many decades, since he last saw Marian. Back to a time before social media, to a time when he controlled the narrative; people listened to him and he was trusted. But one question kept cropping-up: why has Marian reappeared? Just at the time when there are so many other parallels with the eighties. Political unrest, Thatcherism and the horrors of IRA terrorism all uncannily mirrored in 21st century Britain. From terrorism from extremists, in the name of the ISIS and Britain First, another female Prime Minister and a nation divided from the political fall-out of a divisive Brexit result in the 2016 British European referendum.

He is more than ready to dismiss the warning at first, but the pressing urgency in his secretary's voice leads him to stop in his tracks. He looks back over the many decades, since he last saw Marian. Back to a time before social media, to a time when he controlled the narrative; people listened to him and he was trusted. But one question kept cropping-up: why has Marian reappeared? Just at the time when there are so many other parallels with the eighties. Political unrest, Thatcherism and the horrors of IRA terrorism all uncannily mirrored in 21st century Britain. From terrorism from extremists, in the name of the ISIS and Britain First, another female Prime Minister and a nation divided from the political fall-out of a divisive Brexit result in the 2016 British European referendum.

I urge you to read my novel to make your own judgement! Did Jack use Marian or was she using him? Mo.

Leslie Blake's review:
I read it in all consuming haste. The juxtaposition of different themes are woven into a fine tapestry. The messages subtle but bound to be understood for those with eyes to see. An impressive read.

ramsay121@btinternet.com

An intelligent heart felt read from this new author. Can’t wait to read Mo McDonald’s next offering.

by Emma Penman


Mo McDonald

Mo McDonald. Born in the 1940s, lived in London until two years ago when she moved to Bristol with her husband to start a new and exciting life near to their family. "I thought that London was the hub of the universe so it has been wonderful to find out how vibrant a city Bristol is. I have found my love for life here and for the Arts right on our doorstep," she said.

Despite growing up in London soon after the war, she had a happy childhood. Her mother & father were instrumental in making her life interesting and colourful. On leaving school she met her husband Richard and they have two daughters, Amanda & Emma. Mo was a stay at home house-wife and mother for many years. She had various and interesting jobs e.g. owning her own in-store flower shop before returning to the world of commerce in 1996, taking on a very important financial project communicating with fund managers and gathering information on the world economy. She did this project until she moved to Bristol in 2018.

Writing her first novel "Letters to The Editor" was a 'dream come true' as she had a lifelong love of literature and decided that she had a story to tell.


A new author with a different look at life in the 1980s
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