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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face and neck and she looked very pretty. There were some blue beads around her neck and matching clip on earrings. The only bit of real jewellery if you could call it that, was a small Timex watch with black leather strap that hung loosely on her left wrist.

“I see you’ve met my family then said Ruby with a smile.’

“Yes your mother kindly asked me in.’

“I’m sorry I’m a little early but with the bad weather earlier today I thought I’d travel whilst it had stopped raining.’

“It’s alright right Richard; I was expecting a call to say that you couldn’t make it tonight.’

“I would have come rain or no rain.’ Richard supped his tea nervously for another fifteen minutes until Ruby asked if he’d finished.’

Richard placed the best bone China cup and saucer back on the tray.

“It’s been a pleasure meeting you both said Richard as he walked down the passage and opened the door for Ruby.

The evening sun had come out and the ground was drying as he opened the car door for her and he went round to the driver’s side and got in.’

“Well it looks like you’ve passed the interrogation test laughed Ruby as Richard pulled away.’

He drove the same way as he had done last time. “Do you think that they like me then?’

“Oh yes, they like you.’

“How do you know that?’

“My mother never gets out her best China unless that person is very special indeed.’

“It’s normally reserved for father O’ Shaunessey.’

“Richard let out a big sigh of relief.’ I can honestly say that was worse than going to see the dentist.’

“Have you been working hard on your novel?’

“Yes I was up at seven o’clock and typed all through lunch so I am hungry now.’

“Well we could stop at a fish and chip shop along the way if you like.’

“I have pheasants and rabbits to drop off first for George and Maggie.’

“That was nice of you to bring us some for us too. My mother will never stop talking about you now.’

Connie’s man Billy Ellis never brings my mother anything so you are well up in her books now.’

“Am I Really.’ Richard drove through North Shields then onto Tynemouth.’

“I’m looking forward to seeing your cottage tomorrow.’

“Are you, wait until you taste my cawl.’ My mother taught me to cook when I was very young; I can bake and make a meal out of virtually anything.’

I collect berries, field mushrooms, herbs, and wild apples that grow around Crook.

You will be surprised at how much money I save by just walking around the hedge rows.

“When do you get the time?’

“I have to take a break sometimes you know; walking around the hedge rows helps me to relax and not think about the novel.’ You can get too wrapped up in the work that you lose sight of what you are writing about. What you end up with is a book of pretentious rubbish that no one wants to read. It’s those special moments Ruby that you capture when you are out and about that really matter. “It’s the sound of a skylark, or the hoot of an owl; the field of yellow corn and the cattle lowing on the hillside that make you feel alive.’ The smell of wild flowers, and home cooking, when 

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