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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?
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.
Closing date: 11/10/2018
Publication date: 30/03/2017
Publisher: Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing
|Publication date:||30th March 2017|
|Publisher:||Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Adult & contemporary romance,|
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.More About Bernard Hall