Hi, everyone. I haven't posted anything for ages because...I have been busy writing my latest book which is now available at Amazon and all the usual places.
Called If The World Hadn't Changed this is a look at how life might be now if all the social changes of the 20th century hadn't happened. No rise in socialism, no universal suffrage - did you know working men didn't get the vote until 1918 let alone women! - no health service, no unions protecting workers' rights to a fair wage and safe working environment.
This book centres around the Martha and Bill Smith and tells what happens to each of their children. Billy the eldest who went off to join the army and was having a good time until he was injured. Mary, a bright girl who was moving up in the world just a little, with an office job in the cotton mill where her mother works, that is until she meets Pete. Bobby did have an apprenticeship until the tales his older brother told him prompts him to join the army as a trainee engineer. Annie would love to be a teacher but the likes of her don't get to stay on at school to train for such things, instead she has to work as a maid where she has to fight off the attentions of one member of the family she serves only to be compromised by another. That leaves Cathy, the youngest of the family, suffering from a terrible cough the family cannot afford to treat.
And while the mother, Martha, is coping with keeping the family solvent, Bill is leading a campaign for better conditions at the foundry where he works.
Prompted by a comment that life was better 100 years ago this story takes you back in time, yet is set in the present because the world hasn't changed.