Troubador Who Will Be Your Judge

Released: 28/08/2015

ISBN: 9781784623722

eISBN: 9781784625801

Format: Hardback/eBook

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Who Will Be Your Judge


Who Will Be Your Judge is a historical mystery thriller that starts during WW2 and continues into 1960’s gangland London.

Two small brothers, Billy and Richard, experience a difficult childhood when growing up in the East End. Evacuated from London during the Blitz, they are sheltered at the House of Nazareth and under the control of some viscous nuns. Life there is so bad that they prefer to go back to the bombs of London.

The war, however, claims the lives of both their parents, and they are rehomed once more at Barnardo’s until separated by adoption. George Seagrave adopts Richard and takes him to his family in the country where Richard has to adapt to strict Victorian rules. Billy in turn is claimed by a poor, childless couple in the East End.

As they grow, Billy’s dream of becoming a professional boxer vanishes as he develops epilepsy. Bitter and angry he gets involved in smash and grab raids as he promises himself to get out of poverty. He works his way up to become a club owner in the West End.

Richard, now a priest, hears about Billy’s raids and tries to persuade his brother to give up that lifestyle. It is only when Billy is asked to clear his grandmother's flat and finds a letter – a letter which contains a secret – that everything starts to change for both him and Richard.

This is a very powerful novel about family, war and gangland culture.

My name's Bryony. I work for BDiscovered and have been given the opportunity to change your book into a screenplay. Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on the book; it's very raw and I thought it was a very good read."
5 Star Reviews
'I bought this book and read it in 24 hours. Cannot wait for the film.
A brilliant read!!' - Amazon Reviewer

'A dramatic story set in wartime and post-war England. Loved the factual
account of London during the war. Intriguing idea of how two brothers can
lead such opposing lives. A varied soundtrack of modern and classic music makes this a unique, first if its kind audio novel.' - Audible review

4 Star Review
"This story follows the divergent paths of these two boys. The ending will haunt you."
Goddard Books

4 Star Review: Historical Novel Society

"The spirit, language, dangers and horrors of The Blitz have all been captured perfectly by the author, as has the aftermath and Billy’s rise in the underworld. The book is written in the present tense, which may not be to everybody’s taste, but in this case it works very well.

However, I have an issue with an incident which occurs near the end of the book and, although it is an important part of the story, I feel that such an occurrence was somewhat implausible for several reasons – believability and factually inaccurate being the main two. My other disappointment was with the length of the book: I felt that much more could have been made of the characters and their lives without spoiling the style or flow of the narrative. These points aside, a very good read."

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This is a sensitive story movingly told. A gentle page turner about two brothers separated after their parents died during the war and are set of very different yet ultimately parallel paths. It reminded me of the fiction of the best-selling author Catherine Cookson.

by Bob

Edie Watney Judd

I was born in Hungary in a city called Kecskemet where I studied at the Zoltan Kodaly Music School. I gained my qualifications as a laboratory assistant at the Zsuzsanna Kossuth Health Vocational College. I started my carrier as a psychology assistant at the Pilot's Research Institute in Kecskemet at the Psyhology Department where I was a member of a team who took part in the selection of the Hungarian astronauts to be who then were trained in Star City in the Soviet Union. My interest in psychology developed further and I applied to the Eotvos Lorand University where I worked at the Psychophysiology Department.

I moved to England in 1986 to join my husband Kenneth Judd. I graduated at the University of Westminster in London and gained qualifications as a Biomedical Scientist specialising in microbiology and currently work at St Thomas's Hospital, London. I am based between Brighton and London.

In my spare time I studied writing at The Ardingly College and was inspired to write my book by my tutor Fredrick E Smith. My husband who was growing up in the East End of London was a great entertainer, his stories of wartime years as a child ware so vivid that I felt I should preserve them in a form of a book. Sadly he died before the book was published.

I am member of the New Writing South, and an associate of the Society of Authors No:57966. I regularly sing with one of London's leading choirs, the Royal Choral Society in the Royal Albert Hall where at concerts like the "Classical Spectacular" I experience a very strong British patriotism, I am very proud singing. I have written Who Will be Your Judge to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE day and I thought it would be a great idea to incorporate some of the music into my audiobook which I am working on at the moment. In addition of narration read by Nathaniel Tapley (SNK Studios London) music is written by a talented young composer Laidi Saliasis.

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