Troubador Eugene

Released: 28/09/2016

eISBN: 9781785896477

Format: eBook

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In life, is anybody what they seem?


In life, is anybody what they seem?

After a harrowing tour of duty as an RAF conscript, Eugene returns to Britain from war-ravaged Burma. He is unexpectedly excluded from the family butchery business and so he sets out on his return to climb the business ladder, embracing and exploiting the innovations and opportunities that present themselves out of the privations of post-war Britain.

For all his rapid advancement in both work and play Eugene is forever mourning the loss of his first love, a beautiful, lithe, young Burmese nurse named Chit. Having nurtured him back to life with her tenderness, their relationship was brutally shattered when he was dragged away from her, under arrest for fraternising with a local. Eugene is forced to make a life-changing decision – marry Chit, face court martial and a possibile death sentence, or return to the UK.

Not knowing whether he’ll ever see his first love again Eugene is driven to succeed but family tragedies ensue – his older brother commits suicide and his brother-in-law is killed in a coal-mining accident. Eugene finds himself thriving at a time when the rest are going to wrack and ruin. But greed and self-interest take their toll and disintegration looms.

Eugene is a riveting acccount of triumph, turmoil, and ultimately tragedy. This novel will appeal to readers of historical novels; the forbidden love of a Burmese girl is woven throughout a historical narrative that details post-war Britain and the lives of the young men sent to the Far East making for an intriguing and fast-paced read.

News: TOP TEN 2016
Bookbag listed 'Eugene' in their Top Ten self published Books of 2016! One of only 3 non-fiction titles. Info here:

That's Books & Entertainment. (Sun 09 October 2016)

Eugene is a novel from author John G. Smith.

John G. Smith was talking with a veteran of WW2. He heard a tragic story of how the veteran was torn from his first true love, a beautiful Burmese girl.

Even now, all these years later, he secretly carried a photograph of himself and his girlfriend, hidden within his wallet.

As it does with every other good author, this set up a "what if...?" moment within the imagination of John G. Smith.

And he brings to his readers the story of Eugene.

Eugene had been conscripted into the RAF and suffered a particularly harrowing tour of duty in Burma.

All Eugene wanted to do was to return home to Britain and to be welcomed back into the family butchery business.

But due to the infighting of his brothers and the fact that at 74 his father had lost control of the business, Eugene was, in effect, banished from the family business.

He decides to move forward, setting out to become a successful businessman in his own right, embracing the opportunities that existed in post World War 2 Britain.

For all his advancements in his life, both business and pleasure, Eugene still resents the fact that he had to leave behind him is girlfriend, a Burmese nurse called Chit.

Because so-called fraternisation with a local girl was considered a serious offence.

Eugene thrives commercially, even during times when others are going under, yet his personal life began to disintegrate around him.

This is a well-written and very moving novel.


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John G  Smith

John was born in rural Derbyshire. His work as a qualified accountant and business adviser has taken him all over the world, including living in Singapore in the 1970’s. Today he lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife Julia. He has written books on finance and economics. Eugene is his debut novel.

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