The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.


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“Now you shithead, you will listen to me now won’t you?’

“I’ve never touched your fuckin’ kid spat Boyle.’

“You better not either because if I find out you have I’m going to come lookin’ for you. Now piss off.’

The next day Boyle moved out of Susan Mulholland’s mother’s house.’ His now hawk like nose was spread across his face both of his eyes had turned black and blue.

Susan was relieved that he had moved out; she wished that she’d never got with Billy Boyle in the first place. She had met him one night in the King Street Club where he had bought her a few drinks. She hadn’t slept with another man since she had got pregnant and he seemed keen enough. She went back to his flat in Sydney Street and spent the night with him. The sex wasn’t great but he asked to see her again and for the sake of the kid she said she would. Two months down the line and he was spending more time at her mother’s than his own place. She was washing his dirty clothes from his job on the bins and cooking for him. He rarely washed and getting him to have a bath was even harder. He was so used to being around the smell of rotting food he was immune to the smell of it. It was when she went on at him to get a bath that he erupted and punched her in the eye. Her mother told her not to bring another man into her home in the future.

Susan was now twenty one but looked older. She needed to get a job so she could move out of her mother’s house. She was only getting twelve pounds a week family allowance then twenty three pounds off the social to live on. She gave her mother ten pounds which left her with twenty five plus the fiver a week from Alan. It was barely enough to clothe and feed her and her son. She decided that when Alan came around on Saturday she would ask him for more money as five pounds went nowhere.

Alan stood and laughed at her as she pleaded for him to give her more money.’

Then she told Alan’s parents Willie and Judith of the situation that she found herself in. Willie agreed to give her ten pounds each week but under the condition that she was never to tell Alan.’

Susan agreed. One thing was certain Susan would make sure that her son got his share of any inheritance if anything was to happen to Willie Owen.


Harry Owen and Susan Hedley couldn’t wait to get back to England they were buzzing with the ideas that they had in their heads to start their own business. They drove past a place called Saumur where there saw a for sale notice.

“Stop here said Susan I want to take a look around. It was only three o’clock in the afternoon when they looked over the gate past a small hedge. Susan’s eyes lit up straight away. Look at this, it’s perfect. There was a barn and another small cottage that could be converted. There was a small lake to the south with land beyond it. They saw a telephone number and Susan picked up the mobile phone she had and dialled the number. Speaking in French she explained that she was interested in buying the plot of land with the barns, cottage and the lake.

Monsieur Charles Berger and his wife Fabienne met them about fifteen minutes later. They were both of pensionable age.


“Ah bonjour. 

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