' The Ragman's Serenade tells the story of four families- one from North Shields and the other three from Wallsend. It is a story of relationships- The Davis family are up to their eyes in debt - The Stewart family have a daughter who has downs syndrome– The hagarths who’s husband owns a bookmakers shop and his wife is a midwife at the RVI- and the Higginbottom's have a father with the on set of Alzheimer's. How do they cope - read this fascinating story i'm sure you will enjoy.


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He travelled the length and breadth of Britain pulling off the same scam.  He even conned other jewellers too who freely gave him money to get them more gold and silver cheaply. Granville spent six months of the year abroad conning tourists out of hundreds of pounds. They were carefully selected and the system never failed.

He was able to drive a top of the range Jaguar, dress in the best suits, he was a wealthy man and lived a luxurious lifestyle. For over 30 years he’d never been caught.

Grandville Stephenson was not even his real name. He was called Albert Middleton, a well-read man, educated in Oxford.

 Luckily for Norman, he handed over the pound note to Grandville when he came back into his shop.







Jenifer Davis didn’t know how long she’d been sleeping but it was dark when she woke up. It was still humid and it was now just after eight o’clock that evening.’

She went inside the house. Tom was up and was watching the television.

“Is your dad up yet?’

“I think he’s in the shower.’

“What about Irene and Carol.’

“I heard them rustling about upstairs so they are awake.’ Are we still going over to the Flannery’s place?’

“Yes,’ I think it only right after they’ve kindly invited us don’t you.’

“Well I’ve had a shower and changed we are only waiting for dad, Irene and Carol now.’

“I’ll go up and see if they are ready.’

Jenifer went up the polished oak stairs in her bare feet then knocked on Irene’s door.’

“Irene are you in there?’

Irene popped her head around the door and asked what her mother wanted.’

“We are meant to be going over to the Flannery’s house tonight for dinner, are you and Carol ready yet?’

“Yes, we are ready now.’

“Okay, I’ll chase you father up; see you down stairs in five minutes.’

When Jenifer entered the bedroom Matty was drying his hair.’

“That shower is something else isn’t it, I could have stayed under it forever. It’s better than a bath.’

“Put some after sun on you face and arms, they look burnt to me.’

“Have you seen yourself?’

“I fell asleep on the porch and I’ve caught the sun.’

Jenifer looked in the mirror at her skin which was turning red and reached for the cream and began to massage it into her skin.

“It won’t be long before you get a sun tan, it suits you.’ Matty looked lustfully at his wife.’ Then walked towards her.

“Come on hurry up we’ve got to get over to Michael Flannery’s house.’

Matty dropped the towel he had wrapped around him and it was apparent what was on his mind.

“Later tiger said Jenifer as she fixed her hair and put on some lipstick because her lips felt dry.’

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