Between Newhaven and Seaford, Sussex: 1963
Bishopstone Tide Mills is still a fully built, working mill with its cottages occupied. A family, intrigued by its possibilites, persuades a large London mill to take over the failing business and revitalise it.
A fifty year old story of lost love, a loveless marriage and child cruelty brings a retired Captain back to confront his past and discover a future. Friendships amongst adults and youngsters develop. A girl undergoes surgery and endures a long recovery, introducing a suprising new friend. Sussex places, customs and history play their part, entertaining young and old –
and the reader!
1953: the Salcombe Estuary in South Devon .
Rescued after her parents and brother are swept away by a flood, Mary comes to live with the father and 13 year old son who saved her. The farmhouse is now on an island. The farmland itself is covered by water.
They face the attitudes of the time – which we see now as unfair and confined to history. They face the inquest and an interfering relative. They face the funeral. They face poverty. Then Mary vanishes from school. Without trace.
This is the emotional story of how their lives develop in parallel over the next four years until…
A story of ordinary lads in extraordinary situations.
It’s the summer holidays and you and five mates visit a large, overgrown and very private estate and find a perfect place for an illicit camp. Two days later you meet a dog, whose owner chucks you out.
In your home town a gang of paedophiles finds you and you all have to make yourselves scarce, to hide. So you return to the estate and lay low. But then the dog comes to you. His owner needs help and you save his life. Some nights later the gang track you down, so starting a series of Interesting Times where you discover hidden strengths, abilities, friendships, self reliance, dependability and perhaps wisdom.