It’s 1960. Ethel is 18 in a small North Wales village as far away from the bright lights, big city as you can get. Pregnant from a one-night-stand with Gerard, a Liverpool boy who thinks... More > he’s either Elvis Presley or Buddy Holly or both.
The first reaction of her parents, the altar-rail eaters as she calls them, is to try to induce a miscarriage. Eventually settling on a plan to keep her hidden in the house until the baby is born, and to tell the neighbours they have adopted a baby from the Catholic Mission. Her mother is already telling the neighbours about their application. However, minutes after giving birth to David, Ethel hears the devastating twist to the truth and decides to run with the baby.< Less
Affter a disputed sighting on the salt-marsh, Jonny Stamper and his mate, Dinners, find themselves at the centre of a provincial rumour mill and are reluctantly swept along on a wave of small-town... More > indignation. Dragged into the struggle to save yet another local factory from closure, following the proposed development of a state-of-the-art, ultra-modern, energy-from-waste super-incinerator, Jonny takes up the good fight. Is this newly-found sense of good citizenship fuelled by his wish to save the river-island nature reserve, or his loathing for his Mum’s new boyfriend? Or is it just that he fancies a couple of the girls. Acid Town is a story of naivety, apathy, contradiction, double standards and broken promises.< Less
This book was written to extend to the reader emotions, exploits and fears of a family at a time when personal survival was secondary to others when the world was at war. Memories penned within the... More > stillness of the night while her family were sleeping. Showing the laughter coupled together with devilment of youth, while sometimes being overshadowed with fear of the unknown darkness of separation brought on by war, showing the misguided prejudicial fears of sickness and some leftover Victorian sociological restraints. While the emotions are strong in places, the personal happenings, may seem at times severe, for this is of a time when the grandmother new best and the community rallied together through discord and misfortune, giving and receiving advice without prejudice or forethought to yourself, and having to make do.< Less
ONE MAN. The fire inside Izzy to lord it over Liverpool’s underworld rages like an inferno. He will go to any lengths to claim the respect and recognition he believes is rightly his. He will do... More > whatever it takes.
ONE CITY. Liverpool’s talent and unique humour is known worldwide. Its notoriety speaks for itself.
ONE QUEST. The secret development of a new wave drug. A powerful source that provides an influx of dependent euphoric customers. A massive boost, not only to his cash flow but also, to his flagging ego. Fuelling the fire inside him.
ONE PROBLEM. He is surrounded by imbeciles, nitwits and those who are a few sandwiches short of a picnic. The lights may be on but no-one’s ever at home. Why must Izzy always attract those who are away with the faeries?< Less