This is a wedding that will change lives - and not just the lives of the bride and the groom. Devon-born London lawyer Kate Densham is to marry her colleague, Robert Harrington. Her father, a senior university professor, is involved in a substantial land deal in which the university is seeking to sell a large chunk of the land it owns to a developer. Kate and her fiance are acting for the possible buyers of the land. They know that the organisation is involved in criminal activity and has strong ties to the chairman of the local planning committee, and believe they can take effective action against them 'from the inside'... But don't forget - as all of this is happening, there's still the wedding to attend. From Matthew Densham, the uncle of the bride, to Celia Harrington, the grandmother of the groom; Phyllis Drayton, friend of the bride's parents, to Simon Roche, an ex-university friend of the groom; this is a wedding that will impact the lives of all that are involved.
'Gemini Day' is the rollercoaster epic of an Englishman and an American woman who meet and fall in love in the Spanish Civil War. They are both journalists forced to flee to southern France. In an old farmhouse, Ruth gives birth to their child, Susannah, on the same day as a fugitive Spanish woman shot by Nationalists gives birth to a son and dies almost immediately. Ruth and her husband Bob adopt the boy and call him Rafael after his murdered father. They name the day when their children were born as Gemini Day, and the story tracks the Gemini Days of the future.
The title story, Fallen Eagles, is a Hamlet-inspired story about a Scottish boy who loses his idolised mountaineer father in an accident and blames his uncle to such an extent that he contemplates murder. Other stories take us to the French Revolution, the First World War and to more contemporary situations such as coming out, shaking off the parental yoke and exploring old and new love. Each story explores the diversity of young people's experience as they emerge into adulthood and the wide-ranging themes are both contemporary and relatable to the modern reader. Fallen Eagles has been produced to raise funds for Huntington's Disease Youth Organisation (HDYO), a charity close to the hearts of Bruce and his partner, following his civil partner's diagnosis with Huntington's Disease in 2016. There is strength and warmth, toughness and kindness in these stories, making up a collection that is spirited and uplifting. Alison Moore, author of Booker Prize short-listed novel, The Lighthouse (Review for Odds Against)
As a mine-owning family, the Howells are used to the trials and tribulations that the business can bring. But after a knife-wielding miner breaks in and accuses one of the family members of murder, they realise that their safety could be at risk... George and Elizabeth, and their children, Charlie, Francis, Charlotte, Anne and Alice are settled in their Northumbrian home, or so they thought... Told in five parts through the years 1844-1866, these chronicles visit the family at historical intervals, choosing momentous days to reflect the point reached in the family's rich history. We follow Charlie through his battles in the Crimean War; Francis, through his fights to make the mines safer, Charlotte, through her marriage to a substantial local landowner, Alice, through her involvement with a major mining disaster and Anne, through her marriage to a local firm clerk. Howell Grange is a northern history.
This collection of poetry and includes some previously-published pieces and competition winners. Other poems have been written specifically for this collection. Anyone interested in their individual histories is welcome to consult the notes at the back of the book.
A collection of poems by Bruce Harris which have all either won prizes or commendations in U.K. poetry competitions, or have appeared in U.K. poetry e-zines or magazines.