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.


40. 40

Next weekend if that’s alright with your mam?’

“It is fine with me Richard.’

“Good because I’ve told mam and dad that I am bringing you as well, we are very family orientated in Merthyr Tydfil.’

“We’ve never been to Wales before have we Ruby?’

“No mam we haven’t.’

“You will love it honestly.’

“I will have to buy myself a new dress if I am to meet your parents said Ruby.’

“They will love you just as you are.’

“It is a long drive mind you so we will have to set off early on Friday night, is that all right for you Mrs White.’

“Yes,’ that is fine Richard but you must call me Betty.’

They reached the Coopers house and George brought out a large canvas bag.

“Here Richard there’s some fresh fish in there for you.’ “I caught it only yesterday.’

George, Maggie, I want you to meet Betty White, Ruby’s mother who will be joining us for dinner today. Both George and Maggie shook hands with Betty as they then got into the back of the car and set off for Crook.

They chatted along all the way through the countryside and when they arrived Ruby was surprised at how big the cottage was.

“I was expecting just a small place Richard; this is bigger than our house.’

“Ours too said George as he helped out his wife from the car and Betty too.

There was a stone wall right around the cottage and a lovely garden that had been cultivated with both flowers and winter vegetables. There was a shed and a greenhouse at the back. The grey tiled roof and large chimney stack at the front complimented the two attic rooms. There were six windows at the front of the house with a stone front. There was an ached door at each end of the cottage. The pathway had a gravel pathway and there was a wooded area behind the house that looked out onto the nearby farm. Inside there were large grey slated tiles on the floor throughout with a rug on the floor and a cottage suit. Right around the room were bookshelves full with various books.

“Have you read all of these books Ruby asked as Richard told them to make themselves at home? He placed a couple of logs onto the fire and they soon started to burn. The cottage wasn’t cold at all. At the back of the room Richard’s typewriter stood on a desk next to the window that looked out into the woods and the farm behind. She could make out some sheep on the hillside about two miles away.

His script lay at one side neatly and she wanted so much to pick it up and start reading it. Then she spotted the books that Richard had written and pulled one out to show her mother. George and Maggie were fascinated with the size of the garden. It was a large place to run he thought. Richard returned with a beer for George and tea for the rest of them. “I see you’ve found one of my books.’

“Yes,’ I’ve only read four pages and I can see how good a writer you are Richard.’

“You are very descriptive in your writing.’

“Excuse me whilst I stir the cawl or it will burn and we will end up with no dinner.’

Richard had baked individual wholemeal bread rolls and there was some butter from the nearby farm on the table. He set out place mats on the large oak table that would have sat twelve quite easily. The napkins were all neatly folded and the cutlery placed.

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