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About Rosalind Minett
It is always the inner life of her characters that determines their fate in her stories, whether the genre is contemporary or historical. There is usually humour and often a dark edge.
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, for it is being in the characters' heads that enriches her fiction.
Rosalind 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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When Terry spots a dopple-ganger on his morning commute, his dull life will change forever.
Who is his double, and can Terry transform his humdrum life to enjoy a similar shinier life? Sorely tempted to search his origins, he opens a Pandora’s Box of home truths unleashing unruly forces, some within himself. Guiltily attempting to share his discoveries with Gudrun, his awkward wife, he's shocked to uncover her own dark secrets.
Who is at fault, and which of the many colourful characters around him will be affected?
Book One of this captivating, but subtly disturbing psychological series will compel you to examine your conscience. Moral dilemmas, bizarrely humorous situations, a labyrinth of human mysteries propel you towards the next in the series.
If you loved The Dilemma and Girl on a Train, this series is for you.
Were the adults to blame? The origins of a psychological war waged by one boy. The Prequel to the trilogy, A Relative Invasion.
A fateful rivalry erupts when two small boys meet in 1937 while World War Two threatens, and so begins the trilogy, “This well-executed emotional drama” (Historical Novel Society) explores the fateful relationship between Billy and his talented but devious cousin, Kenneth. The subsequent dramas within the Wilson family mirror the tensions and explosive situation in forties Europe.
But what happened in the family before the boys were born? Did the adults’ previous lives predetermine the dramatic outcome in Book Three - Impact? Either read the Prequel as a taster of what is to come, or - better - read it after the trilogy to judge the origins of retribution for yourself.
In this Prequel, the older generation give accounts of their pre-war life, each in their own words.
TERRY'S MOTHER, WIFE, BROTHERS HAVE BETRAYED HIM. Who can he trust?
Terry has escaped a hounding by the press for a scandal, not of his making. Returning to Heathrow, he trusts interest has died down. He has another guilty secret. This one's about a wrong he's committed against his twin, and needs to put right.
First, he must follow his heart. He is hell bent on establishing contact with someone essential to his happiness. But new people he's about to meet may stand in his way, present new dilemmas, or even help him. Can he win them over and reverse the life-changing revelations he's been faced with?
Complex family relationships, hidden secrets, psychological tensions abound in Terry's world. So far, this domestic suspense series has been told from his point of view, now other characters face their dilemmas and show their colours. If there is power play, who will win?
Readers of Lisa Jewell, Celeste Ng and Natalie Barelli should love this series.
"Stunning writing this... Highly Recommended." San Francisco Review of Books.
Compelled to uncover his roots yet seduced by the brighter life style of his newly-found twin, Terry has kept his two worlds apart. Now they've collided. His wife Gudrun's shocking revelations propel the second part of this domestic drama, leaving Terry to face excruciating dilemmas and a quagmire of problems. The colourful characters twist and turn him towards an unpredictable ending...which is not a final conclusion. Book Three explores it and takes all the characters further.
Second, expanded edition. Women of all ages are unlocked in this collection of witty short stories with a dark edge: Marian faces middle age with attitude and support knickers; sixteen-year-old Jess's date with good legs; Peggy fights for her first bra; post-war Elfreda frees herself at a First Feast. Discover Elaine’s encounter with a moral dilemma, a neurotic narrator’s self-enhancing theft, Pru’s ingestion, Daryl’s piscatorial impregnation and an unnamed beauty’s transmogrification. There's a loving mattress a mangy dog and a prosthesis, plus a lady who cannot admit to her name, let alone her age.
Something different! A collection of "original, diverting" tales exposing the plight of men; unusual short stories that surprise, pique and intrigue.
This companion volume to Me-Time Tales: tea breaks for mature women and curious men allows the men to have their say...only not entirely without interruption from a mature woman or two. Delve into the minds of various curious men: hooked on meteorites, tractor parts, foreign parts, own parts— in stories that may be satirical, sober, bizarre or cunningly funny.
Rosalind Minett manages to "crawl inside the psyches of her characters...Highly recommended," San Francisco Review of Books.
... some of which are very funny and some made me think."
All of the stories were brilliantly written and I enjoyed all of them
Lonely Billy's excitement at having a playmate turns to dismay. Frail, artistic Kenneth is set on tormenting him, 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 Billy's secret sighting of a precious Cossack sabre can comfort him by imagining he has its power.
As war becomes a reality, the sabre becomes an icon that sustains Billy through evacuation and hardship, and particularly, Kenneth's invasion of his personal space.
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
"This is Kenneth!" Who would predict a life-changing drama ten years after young Billy first meets his cousin?
As world war looms on the horizon, lonely Billy Wilson is delighted to learn his cousin is coming to live nearby. But frail, talented Kenneth proves to be a nightmare. Older, but smaller, devious Kenneth envies Billy's superior strength and home comforts. He manipulates and bests Billy at every turn. The four parents see only Kenneth's porcelain looks and perfect manners, oblivious to his psychological bullying.
Kenneth's desire for power and territory mirrors in micro the tensions in Europe
Billy's only protection is his secret symbol of power, a Cossack sabre. This has its own history on the Polish/German border at the start of WW1. During evacuation and wartime miseries, this icon inspires and sustains Billy as Kenneth increasingly invades every aspect of his life. Even after VE-Day, Billy cannot escape Kenneth's manipulations, especially as they are now living in the same house, developing very different talents and suffering London's post-war austerity. Soon adolescent tensions explode. The outcomes are dramatic, unpredictable and long-lasting.
Readers who enjoy a long read have the three books: Intrusion, Infiltration and Impact (1937-1951) in this coming-of-age trilogy
Buy now to discover how far retribution can stretch.
A young married man unexpectedly finds himself in a labyrinth of hidden identities and dark secrets.
Who is he? The shock of spotting his double during the morning commute prompts Terry's search about himself. His awkward wife, Gudrun, is oddly obstructive. While Terry dreams of transforming to a shinier life like his look-alike's, bizarre confrontations, uncovered secrets and personal shame follow his quest. Opening this Pandora's Box unleashes unruly forces, including his own. Guiltily, he attempts to share his discoveries with Gudrun but is confronted with her own dark secrets. Who is most at fault, and what mysteries remain? Book One of this captivating, but disturbing psychological series will compel you to examine your conscience. Moral dilemmas, bizarre situations and a labyrinth of human errors propel you towards the next book in the series. If you loved The Dilemma and Girl on a Train, this series is for you.
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