Troubador The Paper Caper

Released: 28/11/2015

eISBN: 9781783067749

Format: eBook

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The Paper Caper


This light historical fiction takes an amusing look at life at the beginning of the Cold War, in an army depot full of staff visibly rewinding after the previous war. Much of the story will bring back memories for those called up in the years after Hiroshima…  

The ebook follows the newly-commissioned (but determinedly unmilitary) Tim Topps, who arrives at an immense army depot in 1947. Along with regimental and storehouse duties, Tim is immediately appointed Editor of the depot’s weekly newspaper, which he has never seen or even heard of. 

Expecting a newsroom bursting with activity when he makes his way to meet his staff, the new editor is met with a small private who is currently operating the paper single-handedly, at a desk in the far corner of the ‘Print & Pubs’ shed. To no surprise, the paper itself can mostly be found holding a portion of chips at the end of the week. 

It is soon revealed that Tim’s true role as Editor is to expand the paper, using it to trap a Communist ‘sleeper’ who MI5 have discovered planted within the civilian staff. He is to be aided by a charming and efficient ATS Corporal, with whom he is doomed to (strictly contrary to army regulations) fall in love. 

Tim and his assistant eventually narrow down the suspects to one officer, but all is not as it seems. They are led on a chase beyond the depot, to ruined castles up and down the Welsh border, coming to the end of their journey near a fishing village in the south of France. Here they will confront their enemy for the last time…

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