The Sportsman – Clarice Hackett
"Well if you want my opinion George you could have done a lot worse than Rose." Ma Harris in The Sportsman Based on the life of George Harris who became a local sports legend. Through playing for Villa, Albion and Coventry he achieved the working man's dream of owning his own pub which he renamed THE SPORTSMAN. The novel tells the tale behind the headlines. Clarice Hackett's writing brings to life the early years of the 20th century; the coal and steel; the heat and the noise; the poverty and deprivation… and above all the passion for sport which drove men like George Harris. But George was driven by other passions too. The prospect of a marriage into respectability paves the way for a secure future…. Will things go George's way, or will they go the way of Rosannah, barmaid at George's local. The Sportsman is a story of love unrequited which displays a passion for life set against the grim backcloth of the Black Country at the turn of the last century. "I'm regularly asked to recommend reading which would give a quick dose of life as it was… This novel fills that request better than anything else that comes to mind." Stan Hill, The Blackcountryman "This story has everything, it should be made into a film or TV programme…" WABC Radio
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The Hairy Mouse – Clarice Hackett
"Are you longing for your roots Doris?" Harriet asked. "I'm not surprised, the Black Country isn't a very  pleasant place to live in." "'Etty', it said urgently. 'Etty it's me, Emily, your mother. Speak to me Etty or the contact will be lost.'" From The Hairy Mouse A second novel from Clarice Hackett set at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries telling of two entrepreneurs who join forces to open a new coal mine. They want to keep it in the family so a marriage is planned between their offspring. But a complex web of deceit emerges involving questions of spiritualism, inheritance and love. In short another brilliant piece of writing from Clarice Hackett describing in vivid fashion a bye gone Black Country. For full synopsis click here
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The Kingstown Agenda – S.G. Grey
An impending, emotive Referendum on the contentious question of whether or not to abolish Sterling and replace it with the Single European Currency - The Euro - for the voters of the United Kingdom; is the highly charged background against which is set a narrative of suspicion, hostility, deep division, intrigue, treachery, anger, violence and murder; that opens with a phone call to a Security Service safe-house in central London - and a current password then correctly given - information concerning a death imparted - a series of orders issued; all from a surprising source... ...And Alex Smith's tour as the Senior Duty Officer on the graveyard shift at the safe-house, is about to be extended into some challenging, murky and very dangerous territory indeed...
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Blackpool or Bust – Paul Evans
Coventry born author Paul Evans’ brilliant debut novel. Curmudgeonly Charlie Wilson likes giving Care Assistant Jack McDonald a hard time. But when Jack learns of Charlie’s diagnosis, it’s time to put old feelings aside. A new promotion affords Jack the opportunity to realise Charlie’s remaining wish to visit the place of his betrothal so despite the odds, it’s BLACKPOOL OR BUST. The amorous intentions of Mary in combination with the interests of Laura add spice to the plot as Jack helps Charlie reach his goal. At turns comic, tragic, and steamy, you won’t be able to put this one down.
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