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Miss Perfect by Bernard Hall
  

Miss Perfect

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Set in the 80’s in the North-East of England, Miss Perfect is a reflective, sympathetic and engaging novel. The central character is earnest and concerned social worker Madge who is battling the change in culture and financial cuts while trying to protect the children in her care. Meanwhile, she is contemplating life as a single late middle-aged woman and what the future has in store, especially as it looks like the ‘powers that be’ want to ease her out of her job unless she can find a way to fight back, but will it mean too much of a compromise?

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Miss Perfect by Bernard Hall

Looking back from Ireland, Miss Madge Perfect remembers the time when social work was her life - before Dan, her ambitious young deputy, conspired with the bosses at County Hall to 'ease her out'. They called it 'restructuring', with no place for a fifty-something woman who put her clients first. The arrival of the oddball sociology professor, Mitchell, hired by County Hall to evaluate service delivery in her office, brings a change in Madge's outlook on her life and work - his university seems as mad as her local authority. Mitchell catching fire is good for a laugh, but after he is disgraced following allegations by a female student, Madge's feelings hibernate again. When a child in her care goes missing and a body is reported, she becomes the centre of a media firestorm as the suits prepare to dismiss her. Waiting in the wings, however, is Billy, a client in his childhood but now deputy manager and bouncer at the Golden Slipper massage parlour. Billy has information to her advantage but wants something in return. Can she sacrifice her principles and resort to blackmail? In this humorous and thoughtful novel set in a gritty town in the north-east of England between the Falklands War and the miners' strike, two middle-aged people, surrounded by 'young people nowadays', find ways of making sense of life, love and the meaning of happiness in middle age.

About the Author

Bernard Hall

Bernard Hall taught economics at Glasgow and Durham universities then became a social worker. In the 1970s his writing was read by Alex Glasgow on local radio and on The Northern Drift, edited by Alan Plater. Occasional humorous pieces appeared in the Northern Echo. He now writes about growing up in apartheid South Africa, racism in sport, and the life and times of his great-great grandfather, born in Cork, who eloped with a nun.

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Publication date

30th March 2017

Author

Bernard Hall

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Author's Website

www.bernardhallblog.wordpre...

Publisher

Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Relationship Stories
Independent Authors

Adult & contemporary romance

ISBN

9781785899300

Publisher Profile

Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing is an imprint of Matador

logo Matador has been offering authors a high quality self-publishing service since 1999. Part of Troubador Publishing Ltd, Matador offers a wide range of services aimed at publishing, marketing and distributing books and ebooks to a high standard, be that via Print On Demand (POD) or through traditional bookshop distribution. Matador has deliberately established itself at the quality end of the self-publishing market. We work in partnership with our authors, most of whom publish with us as they are serious about their self-publishing, wanting a high quality book or a real chance at getting their work distributed and read. As a result, we are the UK's most widely recommended self-publishing service. 'Matador is a highly reputable partnership publisher offering an author the best chance of self-publishing success in the UK.' Mick Rooney, Editor of The Independent Publishing Magazine

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