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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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Edwardian Portsea slumps against the dockyard walls, it’s isolated from the mainland by a strip of sea to the north, and the walls to the south. The Pompey accent isn’t the soft Hampshire... More > burr, but a harsh peculiar hybrid dialect. The hardness of the dialect reflects the toughness of its people. Charlie price is a criminal. His daughter, Fanny Price, is pregnant after a one-night stand with Walter Rackett. She tells Walter he has to marry her. Walter didn’t ask Charlie for his daughter’s hand in marriage, and taking without asking is theft—in anyone’s book. Emily doesn’t know who the father of the child she carries is; but she knows it isn’t her husband’s ... Charlie gives Emily the benefit of his doubt—for now. But Walter could also be the father of Emily’s child...< 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