Four young boys are accused with robbery. one of them with murder, Hanging in Britain was still prevalent at that time. Can one of them escape the hangman's noose?'
Ruby White the petite honey blonde who works in a chemist shop spends her lunch break reading poetry in the local library. it is there that she meets Richard Llewellyn Shaw a writer and poet from Wales who has come to the North East to write a book. A relationship develops even though he is eight years her senior.
Then there is Jessie Longworth who has been saddled with looking after her father who is in the early stages of dementia. She is unable to cope with looking after her father, and her family and asks her brother Edward if he will take her father for a while. Joe Corder is an ex-dock worker. He worked hard all his life and gives his son his savings to help him start his own business. He meets Elizabeth who comes from a well to do family who all look down on Jessie and her father. She will not have him in her home.


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“Father O’Shaunessey used you and the other women to do his bidding.’ It was typical of the Catholic Church.’

“Don’t be blaspheming in my house.’

“It’s true and you know it mother.’ even our Connie said so.’

“Never mind what your Connie tells you.’ She has turned away from God and the church since she married that Teddy boy Billy Ellis.’

“She never liked the church mother and neither do I.’

“You will never get to heaven talking like that.’

“How do you know there is even such a place?’

“Because the bible tells us so; Jesus said “I have prepared a place for you, and you will join me in paradise.’

“No body knows exactly what Jesus said mother, it was two thousand years ago.’ How can anyone remember or let alone say what was actual written in the dead sea scrolls in a language that cannot even be deciphered.’

“Well I believe it; you and Connie will go to hell.’

“Again is there such a place, they say that you make your own hell on earth.’

“Enough of that Ruby, I won’t have this talk in my house.’

“What have we got for tea I’m hungry with all of that sea air.’

“Where have you been with that man?’

“I took him down to the fish quay to show him where my father worked and the herring boats.’

“You went down to the fish quay with a complete stranger in his car; what were you thinking lass.’

“I was thinking that it would be nice to show a nice young man our town and its history. What’s so wrong in that? It that not an act of Christian charity mother?’

“I guess it is, forgive me.’ You must ask this young man to tea so I can get to know him better.’

“I will mother but not just yet.’ We’ve only just met, however, if you start preaching I swear I will walk out of here and never come back. Do you hear me?’

“Yes I hear you.’

“Shall I put the kettle on then for our dinner?’

“Go on then Ruby and set the table as well.’



The black Mariah pulled up outside of the prison gates at Everthorpe in Hull. It was a strictly run prison run by unsympathetic guards.

The prisoners stepped outside into the light. The van was darkened inside so that no one knew where they were going.

“Out, quickly move it. March, left, right, left, right.’ The prisoners followed the officer through into the main office. Where they stood to attention for one hour before being processed and each one of them were given a number.

Remember your number because that is all you are in here a number.’

“You are the scum of society and that is why you are here.’

Alan Stoneman looked at the officer with the peak of his cap pulled down so far that it rested practically on the bridge of his nose.

“You will address all the guards here as sir is that clear.’

“Yes sir they shouted in unison.

94276 step forward.

“Alan Stoneman did as he was asked the guard came up to him and looked at him right in the eye with a menacing look whilst Stoneman just looked through him.’

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