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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“Here you are; see if there’s anything in there that you can use in your book.’

George showed them photos of him and his father taking the “Mollie Anne” out to sea the boat was named after his grandmother and it was still being used today.

George pointed to a painting on the wall it was an old sailing boat.’ That’s the “Mystery” my great, great Grandfathers boat and here a picture of him.’

“My God you can see the resemblance there can’t you Ruby.’

“Yes you can.’

Maggie got up and she went into the scullery and poured out the tea and brought in some home baked meat and potato pie and some apple tart.

They sat eating and talking away until nine thirty when Richard asked if they would like to pop into the pub for a drink.

“Well I know how you Welsh folk like your beer, give me a moment and I’ll get our coats. Richard asked if he could borrow the photos and that he would return them.

“Of course you can lad and like I said, if there’s any you want to use in your book just go ahead.’

Richard held onto the box of photos with one hand and opened the door with the other.

Once outside George closed the door and they walked the twelve yards to the pub.’

“What can I get you both George?

“Well if you don’t mind I will have a pint and my wife here will have a bottle of stout.’

“What about you Ruby.’

“Just a glass of lemonade for me please.’

Richard went to the bar and Maggie turned to Ruby and said you have got yourself a good man there Ruby, hang on to him.’

“I would never have guessed that he was a writer mind you said George.’

“Why what makes you say that?’

“Well he’s built like a rugby player for a start.’

“The Welsh do love their rugby you know.’ I had an old army mate who was from Cardiff and that’s all he ever talked about.’

“Well I’ve never heard Richard mention Rugby once.’

Richard returned with a tray of drinks then passed them around.

Thank you Richard said George; I was just saying to your lovely lady that you look more like a rugby player than a writer the size of you.’

“I played for Durham University when we won the Inter University Cup beating Swansea which didn’t go down too well with my family in Merthyr Tydfil. Actually my brother Gareth Shaw plays for Wales.’

“I thought I recognised the name you know.’ I played a bit at school, fly half I was in my youth.


“Yes I wanted to play professionally but I saw the look of sadness in my father’s eyes when I told him. He never tried to stop me but I knew. I put away my foolish thoughts and became a fisherman like my father.’ It was only when my father was dying that he told me that he was proud of me for giving up a chance of becoming a rugby player to become a fisherman.’

My father wanted me to go on and play rugby for Wales like my brother but I had a passion for literature and I love to write; so here I am.’

“What about you Ruby are you a writer too?

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