Sunday, 20 September 2015
Who Will Be Your Judge
Who Will Be Your Judge tells the powerful and tragic stories of two brothers.
It begins in the midst of World War Two and continues down through time to 1960s gangland London.
It is a historical mystery thriller that traces the lives of Billy and Richard, of how they were evacuated from London during the Blitz.
What should have been shelter from the Nazi bombs in the care of the House of Nazareth saw them under the "care" of some vicious nuns.
Desperate to leave their violent and tyrannical 'prison' they make their way back to their London home.
But the war delivers them a cruel blow when it takes the lives of both of their parents.
They are again taken into the care of Barnardo's until fate deals them another savage blow and they are split apart again, this time by adoption.
Richard is taken into a family that rigorously enforces strict Victorian-style rules, Billy goes to live with a couple who live in the heart of the East End of London. They are poor and, until they adopted Billy, without children.
Billy has a constant dream, to become a professional boxer, yet this, too, is taken away from him when he develops epilepsy, which bars him from the sport that he loved.
He becomes bitter and slides into a life of crime, beginning to become involved in smash and grab raids as a way to escape the poverty that has dogged him all his life.
After working his way up through the ranks, Billy eventually becomes the owner of a club in the West End.
Richard, who became a priest, attempts to reason with his brother to attempt to get him to leave his life of crime.
But suddenly a letter is found. A letter that contains an old secret that has the power to change everything not only for Billy but for Richard, too.
The book is published on 28 September 28 by Matador at £14.99 and will make a super present.
It is available from the That's Books and Entertainment bookshop on the righthand side of the site.