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The Blanket Hornpipe By Fusty Luggs
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May Miller is a hard as bloody nails, ruddy, slum dweller. Well, that's Emily's opinion. Emily is a trollop and a thief. That's not just May's opinion. Dolly (cook at Fairview House) and Joseph... More > (gardener), agree. Miss Miller works for Mr and Mrs Spritely. May replaces their previous maid, who found herself in a ‘delicate condition’. Unmarried too! But that's another story... The Blanket Hornpipe, book one in the black comedy, The Pompey Saga series, straddles the ebbing Victorian and incoming Edwardian period. She was just a docker's daughter, Her living earned on The Hard. But though mud larks are called filthy, With that brush, she'd not be tarred.< Less
Merry Begotten By Fusty Luggs
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A ribald tale set in Edwardian Portsmouth. Merry Begotten is the second in The Pompey Saga series. Susannah a recent and young widow tries to preserve her newly found independence, against the wishes... More > of her father. When Sebastian, an old friend of Susannah’s dead husband, moves in to Fairview House, tongues wag, but is the gossip misdirected? Emily, former maid at Fairview house, seeks excitement outside her marriage. When she meets Charlie Price, she can’t decide whether he excites or frightens her. Charlie’s a rough bloke, you wouldn’t want to cross him, but he has a liking for Emily’s soft spot. Merry Begotten is a gritty, but humorous account of the inhabitants of Portsea Island. The Pompey Sagas describes ordinary lives, led by extraordinary people.< Less
Cross Patch By Fusty Luggs
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Set in the Edwardian era on the dark streets of Portsea. Charlie Price is a criminal, his reputation mean, and his demeanour imposing. His adored daughter dies in childbirth. His grief turns to... More > anger, and he seeks comfort in drink and women. He falls in love with schoolteacher, Lillian Miller. Lil’s innocence excites Charlie. She differs from the women he’d normally encounter. Lil must decide if she will accept Charlie despite his reputation. Cyril, rival gang leader, and recently released from prison muscles in on Charlie’s territory. He learns Charlie slept with his wife, Pearl, and he promises to avenge her. He breaks into Charlie office, steals Charlie’s protection money, and assaults Lil. Dave’s quick action saves Lil from rape. The two rival gangs fight for their territory and the women they love. But there’s room for only one gang leader on these streets.< Less