Change at Tide Mills
Possibly it helps if you happen to be the same age as the main character and have known the setting all your life. The tale is an imaginative “what if”, the assumption that an old village (and its chief industry) had not been destroyed, something most locals and visitors probably do wonder about, and that lends instant interest. It is also a tale about people, or humanity and how it can destroy both those lacking humanity and the innocent. There are all sorts of sub-plots involving past and present relationships, the education system, drug-smuggling, violence, poverty and a medical system some may think the present NHS ought still to be modelled upon. In the end it is, nevertheless, a hopeful story, with a feel-good outcome, in that it only takes a bunch of people determined not to be messed about to recognise and stand up for honesty and decency to repel the assaults upon them by those lacking such qualities.
Many thanks indeed. Much appreciated
“Brilliant book, a nice easy read including well researched local info.”
Again, thank you RD. I wasn’t aware you had a copy and am delighted.
“The author has succeeded in capturing the atmosphere of the early 1960s, largely from teenagers’ point of view, which resonates with your reviewer as he was there at the time! It is fiction but with enough fact to keep you engrossed, and remind you of a different world (before social media and other current travails).”
Thank you, MRT – I was a teenager at the time as well. It certainly helped with the outlook on the antics of adults – though not necessarily with the criminality and cruelty that creeps in, I’m glad to say.
“My Dad got this book for Christmas. His parents met the same way as your characters, on the train platform at tide mills. His family lived in Tide Mills. He’s now telling us stories from years ago including how his brother tried to rescue a man who drowned at Sleepers Hole. Thanks for signing it.”
Thank you so much again, JJ. I really look forward to hearing his verdict when he’s finished it.
This is an excellent, absorbing, and thought provoking YA adventure book written by a local author. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I’m 74. I very much look forward to the sequel. I recommend Loft Island for all youthful and adult readers.
Thank you so much! Good of you to take the time to read it and glad you enjoyed it. R.