The Orphan

A woman is found unconscious in the street with a severe head wound; she is also pregnant.
The woman gives birth to a son but later dies- her dying words was the Name Robin McNally- Police sergeant Bob Cole is out to get McNally a petty thief for murder but he manages to get off in court. The grand parents of the woman bring up the boy as their own. Jackie Boyle has an unusual talent- he has the ability to remember everything he see's. he can read a book in minutes and remember every word. Jackie watches his Grand Mother who he calls mam cooking and when she dies of a stroke is forced to cook and clean so that his father who is really his Grandfather; can go to work down the pit at Battlehill Colliery. The five year old does this until his father is killed in the pit rescuing his friends- Jackie is sent to Oakridge Children's Home where he suffered at the hands of the Matron and the nuns strict regime. The Orphan is a fast paced story that will leave you wanting to read more.


11. 11

“Yours won’t give up for a long time yet dad don’t worry.”

“Billy smiled then told his son that he loved him very much.”

“Now young man; go and get your pyjamas and I will read you a story before bed.”

“Oh great which one are you going to read tonight?

“The Elves and the Shoemaker.”

 “Jackie ran to his room and undressed then put on his pyjamas then returned as his father brought the book from the drawer and began to read.”


“There was once a shoemaker who worked very hard and was very honest; but still he could not earn enough to live upon and at last all he had in the world was gone; save just leather for one pair of shoes.”


When he had finished reading his father tucked him in and kissed his forehead. He turned out the light then left the door slightly open.

“Good night dad.”

Good night son.”



The next day it was cold, very cold; the wind beat a gentle rhythm on the window as he slid out of bed ready to go to work. He turned and was about to say something to his wife then realised she was no longer there and again the tears welled up in his eyes.

He went to the toilet then went into the bathroom he quickly shaved with his cutthroat razor then put on his work clothes. He went into his sons room then gently woke him up.

“Come on Jackie, you had better get up in case you sleep in for school. I have made you some porridge because it is cold today the wind is blowing out there so make sure you put on your duffle coat and put your woollen hat your mam made for you.”

“Alright dad; be careful at work.”

“I will now here is the house key wear it around your neck and do not take it off in case you should lose it. Use the cracket in the out house to stand on then you will be able to reach the lock. Put the cracket back in the out house for the next time okay?

“Right I’ve got to go I will see you at six tonight alright?

“Alright dad don’t worry I will be fine.”

The door slammed shut as Billy made his way to his new job at Battle Hill Colliery.”

He walked to the pit which was a good four miles. There was seven coal mines in Battle hill opened in 1817 they continued to mine coal until 1935 when six of them closed and there was only one remaining owned by the Hebburn coal company which supplied coal to power stations in Blyth, Consett, Dunston, Darlington,Hartlepool, Teesside, and Sunderland. Bill no longer worked on the coal face but was foreman of loading and grading of the coal. He only had another two years to work and he could retire he thought then he could take Jackie further a field and show him a bit of Britain and its beautiful landscapes. As a boy Billy’s father would take him to the Lake District.


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