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About Rosalind Minett
Not surprisingly, it is the inner life of her characters that determines their fate in her stories, whether humorous, crime or historical.
Her ironic avatar - Girl Before Word Processor - (with thanks to Picasso) suits her background and personality. Its two faces suggest her two selves, the serious and the irreverent. They also refer to the watcher and the seen, the inner and the outer person.
Rosalind writes in several genres and is likely to continue doing so.
She lives in the South West of England and loves scenery, sculpture, theatre and fine art, all of which can be found in and around Bath.
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Other people wake to find they’ve won the lottery or become famous. It’s never young married Terry. He dreams of a life more vibrant than his tense and stagnant one with troubled wife, Gudrun, sex only seven times a month and a two-up, two-down home in Colliers Row.
When he meets the twin he never knew about, a shinier version of himself, Terry's seduced by the allure of a brighter future and begins a secret search of identity. But opening this Pandora's Box unleashes unruly forces, even within himself. His own guilt is bad enough, but what is Gudrun keeping from him?
Slow-burning suspense, colourful characters, a labyrinth of dark secrets and irreverent humour weave through this intriguing psychological mystery. If you loved Girl on a Train, this is for you!
Lonely Billy's excitement at having a playmate turns to dismay. Frail, artistic Kenneth is hideously devious, Uncle Frank is an outright bully and Billy's parents fail to see further than Kenneth's porcelain looks to his darker soul. Those very emotions that enable Hitler’s rise - envy over strength, desire for new territory - now ferment in the Wilson home.
Only his secret sighting of a precious Cossack sabre can comfort Billy by imagining he has its power.
As war becomes a reality, this becomes an icon that sustains Billy through evacuation and hardship, but is it destined to damage as well as protect?
A WW2 novel to enthrall adults, but also a great book for older children. It brings to life the WW2 on their history curriculum.
In the London blitz, Billy must be evacuated again. This time, his nightmare cousin, Kenneth, is coming too. Both will face hardships and dramas, as the war goes on and on. Kenneth takes every opportunity to invade Billy's relationships and secrets.
"A delight to read" - Historical Novel Society
". . . the stark and simple times of wartime Britain superbly evoked with just the simplest of brush strokes . . .gets so well into the mind of a small boy ....truly impressive." Frank Kusy, Rupee Millionaires
"Historically authentic and psychologically insightful. A future classic." G.Polley, Japan
With war rumbling on the horizon, two boy cousins meet in 1937. A fateful rivalry is born.
Devious cousin Kenneth, smaller but older, envies Billy's superior strength and home comforts and sets out to threaten both. “This well-executed emotional drama” (Historical Novel Society), explores how the complex family relationships play out in the background of wartime London, evacuation and ultimately, post-war austerity. The fierce desire for power and territory in Europe is mirrored in micro in the Wilson home as the parents turn a blind eye to Kenneth´s manipulations and Billy struggles to retain psychological space.
Bullied by Kenneth and Uncle and emotionally neglected by his own parents, Billy finds a champion in his father's work colleague who owns a Cossack sabre. It is secretly seen by beleaguered Billy and becomes his secret symbol of power against all his hardships. He learns the sabre has its own dramatic story, back in WWI.
Evacuated in 1940 for the rest of the war, the boys must survive anxiety, separation, physical hardship and loss as they develop their different talents. Kenneth’s invasion of Bill’s territory is relentless and by adolescence their rivalry has reached a climax. The drama affects everyone around them. How long can retribution last?
Harper Collins editor “—a powerful and compelling narrative with strong and relatable characters… "
A Relative Invasion (“This well-executed emotional drama” (Historical Novel Society)) explores the fateful relationship between Billy and his talented but devious cousin, Kenneth, and how this mirrors the tensions and explosive situation in forties Europe.
The background story to the fateful rivalry between cousins Billy and Kenneth. That rivalry
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