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130,000 Years By Molly Cutpurse
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130,000 years describes the relationship we have with animals, particularly pets, concentrating on how we use and abuse them. For food and for entertainment. The book is an abridged history, more... More > concerned with our behaviour than theirs. By examining the way we once conducted and treated them, it allows us to discover a great deal more about ourselves.< Less
Lies, Secrets and Infidelity. By Molly Cutpurse
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When a London private investigator arrives in Torquay in 1955, he allows people to believe that he is a tourist. Brought in privately to investigate the death of an elderly woman who was almost... More > buried alive, one by one he exposes the sordid and complex family secrets of its most respectable town members.< Less
Miriam's Presence at Christmas By Molly Cutpurse
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Miriam's Presence at Christmas covers the last days of 2009 at the old house that Miriam, Roy and Rafa used to own. It is now Christmas and Miriam's now middle-aged youngest daughter, Florence and... More > her two adult daughters, Faith and Betty are preparing for Christmas amid one of the worst snowstorms to befall London in recent years. There are incidences aplenty; Rafa to be visited in a care home, a disaster or two, headstrong children, a husband who needs to be divorced and old and long memories are stirred. But as Faith, heavily pregnant with her third child comes to realise, the spirit of Miriam (real or imaginary?) is not so far away.< Less
Miriam’s Silver Years Part One By Molly Cutpurse
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Miriam’s Silver Years (part one) is the fourth in a series of novels describing the life and family of Miriam Barker, née Baxter, a busy East London woman who was born in 1907. This... More > edition deals with the years 1948 to 1955, a period when rationing and coupons still applied, and the long shadow of the Second World War still hung over Britain. Through Miriam and her three sisters, we see how they cope with their increasingly complicated lives; the introduction of self-employment, marriages, births, deaths, moving house and television, as they embraced the second half of the twentieth century, and the radical changes which followed World War Two.< Less
Miriam's Early Years By Molly Cutpurse
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Miriam’s Early Years tells the beginnings of her Edwardian, East London family. From her welcome birth to her newly married parents in the summer of 1907, we follow her through her early... More > childhood, her schooling, the Great War, and the births of her three sisters, Emily, Sarah and Penelope. Upon reaching the gay twenties, she meets, Ray, her first husband, and gives birth to Peter. Then, with World War Two approaching, darkness settles over her once happy life. When the electrical accident occurs, her life disintegrates until the fateful Saturday when two policemen knock at her door...< Less
Obsessions By Molly Cutpurse
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Obsessions is an irregular glimpse into the pennilessness life of Miss Hester Martin-Compter, the only child of a once wealthy banking family, destined by a deranged mind to live amongst the poverty... More > of the Whitechapel area of London during the interwar years, World War Two and the nineteen fifties. A bewildering, self-obsessed passion, infatuations by others and a tenuous, bizarre connection with Whitechapel’s most infamous murderer, Jack the Ripper shapes her life and destiny as she and her mother, Cecelia learns to live amongst the impoverished residents about which the child previously had no knowledge. At first, living a hand-to-mouth existence, and becoming friends with a variety of idiosyncratic local characters, as decades pass, Hester’s introverted self disappears as through marriage and friendships gained, she learns to trust herself as she embraces the opportunities of the middle of the twentieth century.< Less
The Angel From The Sea By Molly Cutpurse
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The Angel From The Sea is a supernatural story and describes the events which occur after an Edwardian young lady called Clara pleads for assistance against a member of her family who is brutal... More > towards her. Whereupon, one of the oldest feminine forces in the world appears as the uncontrollable Moganna. However, having demanded the presence of this ungovernable intelligence, Clara and her heinous family find themselves at the mercy of Moganna’s ruthlessness and inhumanity. Moganna refers to herself as an angel, but as the innocent Clare soon discovers, a better name for the power she has unleashed is, a Cacodaemon.< Less
Dark Man By Molly Cutpurse
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When purity is not enough. North London 1936. Father Forrest is an inherently decent priest consumed by impure corporal thoughts. He has little possibility of ethical growth. When his secretary's... More > young daughter dies, the tragedy stimulates a series of events which contribute to obsession, misfortune and blackmail. It will take a chance meeting with an unscrupulous young woman, the sudden reasonless death of his demented mother, a fortuitous brush with an elderly ex woman prisoner and combating an evil and vicious thug before he is able to come to terms with his moral struggle. This is a character-driven novel. You won’t get any cute Hollywood endings here!< Less
The Indian Boy's Madness By Molly Cutpurse
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A physiologically disturbing account of an imaginary or real event. Mr Balkaran Chadha is a widower and pharmacist whose shop is near St Paul's Cathedral in London. In 1963 when his two children,... More > Kirandeep and Jasmeet discover an abandoned Roman ruin under their cellar, it leads them to discover the bones of Fundanus, a Roman priest and the bricked up body of Rachel O’toole, who seventeen hundred years later foolishly imagined she could control, Gon-i-ith, a Roman God of Time. Travelling back one hundred years to 1863, the Indian children meet the previous owners of the shop; a compelling, monstrous and repellent family who will do anything for money. But when Kirandeep eventually puts his experiences on paper, is he writing the truth, or what he imagined happened?< Less
Miriam's Golden Years By Molly Cutpurse
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Miriam’s Golden Years takes us from 1963 until the nineteen nineties. A period when she bore the many deaths of her family and friends with dignity, but is more than pleased to welcome the... More > beginning of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great nephews and nieces, despite all their singular problems. Equally remarkable, as the rest of her life had been, Miriam finds herself wrestling with the problems of social and political violence, the rise of female emancipation, decimalisation and the acceptance of becoming elderly while still caring deeply for her extended family and her beloved husband, Roy. She has now gone beyond a matriarchal figure. She is host to memories long forgotten, a contributor to a decent way of life fast disappearing and part of a proud East End dynasty that her descendants will never forget.< Less