Troubador The Lost Boy, the Doodlebug and the Mysterious Number 80

Released: 01/05/2013

ISBN: 9781780885186

eISBN: 9781780886183

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The Lost Boy, the Doodlebug and the Mysterious Number 80

Some loves are so great because they have happened before in another place, another time

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This is an eclectic and thought-provoking book, best defined as a modern day fairy tale in which the dreams and lives of four people are inexorably linked together across time, bound by love, friendship, heartache and fate

During the London Blitz a young woman, Iris, has a vision while reading Tarot cards of two lovers in great peril and knows it will be her destiny to help them. Meanwhile Robert, a wounded and repressed Battle of Britain pilot, dreams of happiness and of a love he believes he can never have.

In another time, Charlie, a troubled little boy with amazing blue-green eyes growing up in the repressed suburbs of 1950s South London, dreams of the number ‘80’ and knows only that it means something terrible and evil. Elsewhere, a dark, disturbed man dreams repeatedly of Charlie and knows it is his destiny to kill him.

This time-travelling tale moves between present day Dulwich, World War Two London, the gay bars of the 1970s, Eva Peron’s Buenos Aires and Glastonbury Tor in 1989. It is a tale of great love and loss, destiny, tragedy, spiritual transformation and self-acceptance. It asks questions about how much of our lives are destined and how much can be altered and about what the effects of unintentional time travel would be on very ordinary people.

This book can be interpreted on many different levels. On one it is a murder-mystery, on another an allegorical tale of spiritual transformation, on a third, a complex tale of two gay men’s individual journeys into adulthood and on a fourth, a simple and beautiful love story.

I have now written by second book which is called 'The Amazing tale of Anna Himmel'. This is currently being edited. It follows the story of a young German, half Jewish woman, coming to London in 1878 settling in Whitechapel, and befriending Mary Kelly who was Jack the Ripper's last victim. It also tells the storey of Ben, who is researching his family tree in the present day, and is intrigued by Anna Himmels storey, It covers his own personal journey through the ups and downs of gay life in London as he gradually discovers that a mysterious Gold Sovereign, formally belonging to Anna links many of the family stories together. 'Anna' continues some of the characters storey's from 'the Lost Boy' and is an exploration of fate and destiny and something else beyond. Watch this space for more details and publication date...

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I was sent a preview of this book by the author and have to admit, as a friend I was preparing to come up with polite ways to say it was just OK. Thankfully I didn't need any because I simply adored it. The Lost Boy swishes between funny, poinant, heartbreaking and enlightning. The characters stay with me to today, I loved getting to know them and journeying along with them through funtimes and hardtimes, love and loss.

This is a beautiful read of a book and works on so many levels. There are wonderful details of the lives of gay Londoners and the issues faced by people growing through the '80s, historically interesting details of those who lived through the war and it's aftermath and intriguing details of an Argentina few may know.

It's so hard to class what this is: science fiction, gay fiction, historical fiction, but it really doesn't matter, I recommend this to anyone who loves a good read whatever they think they usually like.

by Eleanor


Stevie Henden

‘I am a born and bred Londoner proud of my Cockney roots and my family’s story which started in the slums of Whitechapel in the 19th Century is very inspirational to me. I now live in Dulwich with my beloved partner of 22 years, Neil and our loyal, affectionate cat Max. 
I have enjoyed an exciting and eclectic adulthood, which started with a whiff of joss stick and flared jeans in the early 70’s, an era, which has greatly informed my very liberal values and open minded world view .

My writing has been inspired by both my life experiences and also,

- Doctor Who, my all time Fave TV show

-The film Random Harvest

-The film A Matter of Life and Death

- The books of Michael Moorcock-particularly 'the dancers at the end of time' trilogy

-'The Mists of Avalon' by Marion Bradley

I have a deep sense of emotion, and spirituality and this was expressed in the 80’s within a neo pagan group, and I spent some great summer solstice nights under the moon and stars on Glastonbury Tor. The amazing energy, the Pagan view of the Universe and of the beauty of humanity shape my views and values to this day. I love to ponder on the mysteries of the universe and the far beyond and hope that one day, perhaps beyond this life, I will have all the answers.’



Stevie Henden

November 2012


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