Sunday, 11 December 2016
Mr Churchill's Driver A Murderer's Story
It is written by Colin Farrington and is a stunner of a debut novel.
The book is intriguingly described as being based on "real events" and "events that may be real."
It is July 1940 and Britain stands alone against the dark and brooding menace and threat that was Nazi Germany.
What if, the book posits, Britain's Premier, Winston Churchill, had met with the Irish leader Eamon de Valera?
What if Winston Churchill had agreed with de Valera to unify Ireland in return for the entry of the Republic of Ireland into the war?
Is it possible that they might have even discussed terms from Germany to bring an end to the war?
The novel is largely the memoir of William Gilbey. It commences with the story which had been told to him by Bert, his father.
Bert, it transpired, had been a driver for Winston Churchill. He claimed that he had driven the Wartime Premier to the Welsh port town of Holyhead for a clandestine meeting with the Irish
Taoiseach, Eamon de Valera.
William's own story is a little complicated because as the novel commences he has just been released from prison after serving 12 years for murder.
It is his intention to find out the truth about the life of his father who was also found guilty of murder, but who was executed for his crime and was notorious as being the last man to be hanged in Britain in 1964.
He also plans to go straight, but not before retrieving stashes of jewelry and cash secreted by his gang.
But his efforts are not going unobserved. He has raised the interests of three groups, the British Secret Service, his own former gang members and Irish Nationalists.
They believe that his father may have informed him of the existence of documents relating to secret peace negotiations and there's the other matter of antiques and money smuggled from Northern Ireland to England during the war years.
This book is published by Matador at £8.99 and will be available for pre-ordering here >>> https://goo.gl/m5aVoo.