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My Uncle Charlie by Julie Shaw
  

My Uncle Charlie

Part of the Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family Series
Biography / Autobiography   Crime / Mystery   
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Another riveting insight into a world of hardship and crime, where family doesn't just matter, it means everything. The second book based on the true 'Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’, almost feels as though it should have been the first, an introduction, an initiation to this curiously captivating family. Detailing the marriage of Annie and Reggie Hudson in 1919 and the birth of their thirteen children, you begin to understand what makes this family tick. Highlighting charismatic Charlie though his childhood into the 40’s and 50’s, you know that crime and violence is second nature to him, yet the author shows the inner core to this hulk of a man and it encourages compassion. Different emotions may battle one another as you read and it’s truly fascinating to see which comes out on top. My Mam Shirley, the third in the series, about the women who hold this family together, promises to be another enthralling read. The First book in the series is 'Our Vinnie'. ~ Liz Robinson

Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family series:
1. Our Vinnie
2. My Uncle Charlie
3. My Mam Shirley
4. Blood Ties
5. Bad Blood
6. Blood Sisters

If you like Julie Shaw you might also like to read books by Jessie Keane, Kimberley Chambers and Martina Cole.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in this series, Our Vinnie.

  • Cathy Burman - 'This is a true story and it is a powerful, gritty, shocking, heart stopping, emotional, explosive and riveting insight into the lives of these people who have been let down and abandoned by society.' Read full review >
  • Anne Rhodes -'A gripping story where you are rooting for the main characters, whatever they have done, as though they were people you knew personally.' Read full review >
  • Gavin Dimmock - 'I found Vinnie to be a wonderful, dreadful, compelling character and thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with him. Thankfully though, he was safely on the page and not in front of me.' Read full review >
  • Lynette McCann - 'Written like a true crime novel, you have to keep reminding yourself that it's true and it was very hard to put the book down till it reached its conclusion.' Read full review >
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Martina Cole, needs to watch out, there's a new kid on the block. Can't wait for the next book…' Read full review >
  • Pauline Braisher - 'Our Vinnie isn't the type of book I usually read but I was impressed enough to read it in two days and intend to read the other two books in the trilogy.' Read full review >
  • Carol Peace - 'I really enjoyed reading about Vinnie and his family, and the responsibility that Vinnie felt for his family was understandable albeit way over the top.' Read full review >
  • Alan Brown - 'A story of a family trying to cope from the difficult side of life in Bradford in the 1970s. Both parts of this story are mastered in a light manner.' Read full review >
  • Celia Cohen - 'A dark and depressing book but extremely well written...It was so well written I just had to finish it to find out what happened to the characters. It was a true story too.' Read full review >
  • Marjorie Lacy - 'I asked to review this book as I live about an hour's drive from Bradford, thinking it would be a bit of local knowledge and colour. As a quiet and peaceful person, I found the extreme violence shocking reading.' Read full review >
  • Katie Hoare - 'This reads in an interesting and highly readable narrative story and gives an insight to one arm of Yorkshire’s notorious criminal family.' Read full review >
  • Dana Captainino - 'It is difficult to argue that Our Vinnie is an enjoyable read but it is certainly an eye opener into a world unimaginable to most readers.' Read full review >
  • Jennifer Moville - 'An enthralling read of the story of a Bradford boy gone bad - but not sure I would pursue the other books in the series.' Read full review >
  • Judi Davies - 'Not really my taste but a good story based on fact. Lots of bad language but this is obviously a part of real life on the Canterbury Estate in Bradford in the 70s.' Read full review >
  • Beverley Davenport - 'This was a definite page turner, the characters are engaging and the author is able to create sympathy and understanding for even the hardest of criminals.' Read full review >
  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'A quick and undemanding read that takes the aesthetics of Martina Cole's crime empires and moves it to Yorkshire.' Read full review >

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Synopsis

My Uncle Charlie by Julie Shaw

If you lived on the notorious Canterbury Estate in the '40s and '50s, then you knew there was one man you did not want to cross: Charlie Hudson. A solitary man, feared and respected by the gangsters of the time, Charlie was a boxer who never lost a fight, in or out of the ring - the most infamous of The Canterbury Warriors. My Uncle Charlie, the second title in the explosive series unravels a story of debauchery, crime and self-destruction. Charlie Hudson was a born leader. The eldest of eight brothers and four sisters and with a boxer for a father, fighting was in his blood. And as the young protege of local Italian gangster, Mr Cappovanni, Charlie not only learned to knock every opponent out, he also learned the tools of the crime and extortion trade well; emerging into adulthood in the middle of the war years as a natural heir: running cons, illegal books and a band of prostitutes. But when Charlie met Betty, a sweet, caring girl, he was determined to be a better man for her. He'd still deal with 'business' but no more would he bed his working girls, and the birth of their baby girl, Elizabeth, sealed it: he knew life could not get any better. But for a man who had only ever lived in the belly of the Canterbury Estate underworld, it could definitely get worse...Gritty and engrossing, book two of the Hudson family saga delves deeper into history of the infamous Canterbury Warriors; the true story of one man's ascendancy to power, and the tragedy that brought it all crashing down.

About the Author

Julie Shaw

My name is Julie Shaw, and my father, Keith, is the only surviving member of the 13 Hudson siblings, born to Annie and Reggie Hudson on the infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford. We were and are a very close family, even though there were so many of us, and those of us who are left always will be.

I wanted to write these stories as a tribute to my parents and family. The stories are all based on the truth but, as I’m sure you’ll understand, I’ve had to disguise some identities and facts to protect the innocent. Those of you who still live on the Canterbury Estate will appreciate the folklore that we all grew up with: the stories of our predecessors, good and bad, and the names that can still strike fear or respect into our hearts – the stories of the Canterbury Warriors.

Author photo © Scott Hudson

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Publication date

20th November 2014

Author

Julie Shaw

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Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Crime / Mystery

True stories

ISBN

9780007542260

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