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.

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It didn’t take long before Robin McNally fall foul of the law in Australia and was deported. They made him work his passage on board the Southern Ventura a merchant vessel. He shovelled coal into the boiler all day. It was laborious and dirty work and he was pleased when the ship docked at the Old Haddock Shop in Smiths Dry Dock for repairs.  He slipped off the ship and made his way to his sister’s house. He had grown a beard so that he wasn’t recognised as he walked the streets of North Shields. His skin was browned with the sun so he blended in like a foreigner. He couldn’t go to his usual haunts in North Shields because too many people knew him and would inform the police for a few pints of beer. It was now 1956 and rationing has come to an end most things you could now get freely if you had money of course.

Robin needed money and fast. He noticed a jewellery shop own by an old Jewish man called Aya Bronner; he was a shrewd man who never socialised with anyone. He dealt in diamonds and gold. He and his son Abel  ran the shop his son was a craftsman an made rings and other fine pieces of jewellery which were sold all over the world.

Over the space of six months Robin watched their comings and goings until he knew when they went out.

The windows at the back of the shop were all barred but the up stairs flat was not and one night when the two men were at the synagogue Robin broke in. For all their wealth they lived simple lives he thought as he searched the house for the keys to the safe, which he found in a hollowed out book in one of the bedrooms he opened the door with keys that led into the back of the shop then helped himself to a large quantity of stones, and gold watches that he knew he could get rid of. Then he looked for the safe. He was wearing gloves so that no prints would be left behind. He then went back up stairs into the other bedroom and pulled away the small rug where there was a safe hidden in the floor under the floorboards.

He tried all the keys until he found the one that opened it and his eyes widened when he found a large quantity of notes. He stuffed the money into the bag then let himself out the back of the shop He climbed onto the rubbish bin then over the wall after using one of the Jews coats to prevent him getting cut with the glass fragments embedded on the top of the wall to prevent anyone climbing over. They had used burglar paint too so if you got it on your clothing it couldn’t be removed. If caught then there was no way of talking yourself out of trouble.

Robin made his way to the train station at North Shields he looked around and was about to step out when he spotted a copper talking to the station master.

Robin hid in the shadows until the policeman moved on then went over and bought a ticket to Tynemouth.

He sat near the window with his bag tucked into his side. The ticket inspector looked at him then punched his ticket as the train pulled in at Tynemouth.

Robin looked around the walked over the bridge to the other side of the lines.

He bought himself a packet of woodbine cigarettes and a box of Bryant matches.

He opened the packet and took out a cigarette as he walked calmly down to wards the sea front. He spotted a vacancy sign in the window of one of the terraced houses and knocked on the door.

 

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