Troubador The Year the Swans Came

Released: 28/10/2018

ISBN: 9781789016116

Format: Paperback

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The Year the Swans Came

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Growing up amidst the ruins of war, four children play among the bridges and cobblestone walkways of an old city, using them as a backdrop for their games. Pieter Bader, the eldest, wants nothing more than to work with their father in the family business, designers of mirrors for royalty since the 17th century, while his young sister, Maidy, dreams of becoming a writer. She has her own special bridge, the smallest in the city, around which she weaves stories of swashbuckling pirates and princesses, dressed all in silver, who wear sandals made from the silken thread of a spider’s web. Her best friend is Ruth, a young Jewish girl whose family returned to the city as refugees after the war. Slightly the older, and both rich and very beautiful, Ruth dreams of marrying Pieter, only for him to vanish from their lives late one night. 

Is his disappearance linked to the arrival of the swans, feared as cursed and birds of ill-fortune? 
What will happen when they return six years later, on the morning of Maidy’s sixteenth birthday? 
And who exactly is the charismatic and mysterious Zande?

Follow Ruth and Maidy’s cursed tale of love as they discover what happened to Pieter, how the appearance of Zande will affect both their lives, unleashing events as tragic and fantastical as one of Maidy’s stories. 

"I decided long ago that you can either be cowed by the absurdities of life or lampoon them."

Age and the Antique Sideboard - published August 2017 has now been recorded for posterity. Watch this delightful video by Christine Holt who runs a Youtube site: Happy Fluff and Stuff. She contacted Troubador search for authors who wrote for the over-fifties. https://youtu.be/_tMfUHg57rc

This was the snippet she red: My love affair with both life and words began in 1969, when Fashion Magazine paid me the goodly sum of £25 to write an article about travel. Other articles followed and from these humble beginnings came children's books, full of rib-tickling humour and scintillating action.
However, my desire to wax lyrical about the absurdity of life remained and whilst journeying by train to some far distant school or to a signing at Waterstones, I began scribbling down my thoughts. Blogs, anecdotes and short stories followed. Now, of an age to remember the past, I thought, why not? There has to be heaps of people around like me. Well, not exactly like me but near enough to enjoy and remember how life once was.

Age and the Antique Sideboard published August 2017.

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Barbara Spencer

In 1967, considering herself to be destined for a life of mediocrity, Barbara Spencer hi-tailed it to the West Indies to watch cricket, the precursor to a highly colourful career spanning three continents in which she was caught up in riots, wars, and choosing Miss World. An award winning children's author, Broken is Barbara's first outing writing for adults. A finalist in the fiction category of the Book Excellence Awards, Broken was first published on Kindle. The paperback version will be published the spring of 2017.

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