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The Broken Man by Josephine Cox

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Edward Carter is an abusive man who terrorises his wife and son, Adam, eventually killing his wife. Adam, now 12, is taken into care, Edward to prison. We follow Adam through the trials of foster homes and residential homes, luckily befriended by Phil who drives the school bus. From 1952 to 1960 Adam grows into a strong, likeable fellow despite the sadness which obviously haunts him. Then an extraordinary discovery changes his life. This is a simple story told with charm as you warm to young Adam.

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The Broken Man by Josephine Cox

Sometimes a damaged child becomes a broken man...It's 1954 and Adam Carter is twelve years old, an only child with no friends nor any self confidence. His father Edward is a bully of a man. A successful and ruthless businessman, he breeds fear into the heart of his family. Adam's mother Peggy is too cowed to protect her son, so Adam's only support comes in the shape of Phil Wallis, the school bus driver. One particular afternoon, when Adam is his last drop of the day, Phil decides to accompany him along the darkening wood land to his house, never suspecting that as they chat innocently, in the house at the end of the track a terrible tragedy is unfolding which will change Adam's life forever.


Praise for Josephine Cox: 'Thanks to her near faultless writing, sympathies will lurch from one character to another, and as events reach their dramatic conclusion readers will find it impossible to tear themselves away. - News of the World

'Another hit for Josephine Cox' - Sunday Express

'Cox's talent as storyteller never lets you escape the spell' - Daily Mail

About the Author

Josephine Cox

Josephine Cox was born in a cotton-mill house in Blackburn, one of ten children. At the age of sixteen, Josephine met and married her husband Ken, and had two sons. When the boys started school, she decided to go to college and eventually gained a place at Cambridge University. She was unable to take this up as it would have meant living away from home, but she went into teaching - and started to write her first full-length novel. She won the 'Superwoman of Great Britain' Award, for which her family had secretly entered her, at the same time as her novel was accepted for publication.

Josephine has now given up teaching in order to write full time. She says 'I love writing, both recreating scenes and characters from my past, together with new storylines which mingle naturally with the old. I could never imagine a single day without writing, and it's been that way since as far back as I can remember.'

Josephine Cox was given a Lifetime Acheivement Award by the Romantic Novelists Association in March 2011. At the awards ceremony Cox said: "I am thrilled and delighted to be receiving such a prestigious award. It's something I never expected and I would like to thank all those concerned for thinking I am deserving of it."

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8th October 2013


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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


416 pages


Romantic Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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