Loft Island is set around a version of the Salcombe (Devon) estuary in 1954-58.
The young survivor of a storm is saved by neighbours; a man and a son who naturally offer her a home. The two youngsters, already childhood friends, are flung together. The friendship develops slowly, innocently into something more, with neither girl nor boy realising. The family gradually reaches a stability afer the inquest and funerals and the attentions of 1950s officialdom. But an outside interference tears them apart.
The story, tragic, surprising, uplifting, emotional and shocking, explores the differing attitudes of adults and authorities to the family . Particularly the book is the story of a family of ordinary, decent people facing extraordinary circumstances.
The sequel to Loft Island.
Stephen’s friend Martin wonders why he has heard nothing from Bronwen. His visit to Chepstow starts a chain of events that disturbs life there, in Loft Island and the mainland home of a solicitor. Then Martin’s father is found dead, and a home is needed for his two younger brothers as well. It is a mark of the times, the 1950s, that this is the easiest and least traumatic problem they all face.
For the Loft family, at last, compensation for the losses suffered in the flood that started Loft Island is made. Plans for their joint futures are made, both to do with the farm and with those living in Salcombe itself.
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!
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 unpleasant 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.
One late night, later in the week, two of the gang track you down. More by luck and guile you overpower them. That starts a series of Interesting Times during which you discover hidden strengths, abilities, self reliance, and perhaps wisdom. And a girfriend.