Troubador Beyond the Cattle Arch

Released: 28/06/2018

ISBN: 9781788035705

eISBN: 9781789012293

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Beyond the Cattle Arch


In the summer of 1947, John Harper and his girlfriend Jill are driving along the south coast on their way to lectures at Brighton Art College. Suddenly, a forbidding black cloud moves in from the sea and envelopes them, leaving them powerless to escape. Actually an immense area of gravitation, the malevolent mass has the effect of transporting Jill back to 1887. Bewildered and alone, Jill must now make a life for herself. Desperately wanting to return home, she must also be careful to maintain the secrecy of her past – especially in a strict society where ‘madness’ can lead to incarceration. Her sanity is barely preserved by the friendship of a local minister’s wife. When Jill meets handsome and wealthy landowner Mr Gregson, it is clear he has one thing on his mind: her hand in marriage. Despite everything, she cannot help growing fond of him. With seemingly no way of returning home or being reunited with John, and with a luxurious lifestyle on offer, she accepts his proposal. But when all finally seems to be falling into place, she is suddenly given an opportunity to return to 1947 – and her first love…

What an enjoyable read! A lovely story which was well written and I was unable to put down. Can’t wait for this authors next book !

by Amanda white

This was an extremely good read,you can't put it down, very descriptive, your there inside the book....Was sorry when I finished it, missed the characters. ....


I found this a very compelling read! I found the descriptions and mentions of Hove area very personally interesting too. A well written story with interesting twists and turns!!

by Mrs Beryl Tredgett

More than the genre of science fiction “Beyond the Cattle Arch” by John Harris is a creative writing, a most gripping tale, to envelop ones mind into a beginning, into a yesterday, into a today and into a tomorrow.
Was I out of time as I took nine hours, except for the occasional cup of tea, to read this story from cover to cover? A great read indeed.

by Susan R

John David Harris M.Ed.

Born in 1938, John David Harris was educated at Shoreham Grammar School in Sussex, after which he was awarded the art teacher's diploma by the then Brighton College of Art. This was followed by twenty-five years teaching at secondary level, during which time he was seconded to Reading University where he gained the Advanced Diploma in Education. Finally, in 1976, at Manchester University, he secured his master's degree.

John left education in his mid-forties and built a property portfolio with his late wife. Then, at seventy, he handed over the business to his son and turned his hand to authorship.

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