Under Scrutiny

A story of back street abortion in 1948 and how the change came about where women were given contraception and could go to a clinic to have a termination. A doctor who's ex- wife dies of cancer is left to bring up his daughter who has downs syndrome. His perception of the disability is changed when he discovers that his daughter is brighter than he first thought. This is a story of acceptance and the love between a disabled girl and her father. The story includes prize fighting when Billy Tugg Fawcett and his friend a black heavyweight fighter called Bill Peters fight their way to a title fight but gangsters and racketeers are after Bill when he refuses to throw a fight.


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Greg escorted Ruth to his car and gave her the keys; you’re in control Miss Atkins.

Do you like Italian food Greg?

“Yes I do actually.”

Right then I know a very good one in Jesmond it’s called “Santorini’s” do you know it?

“No I have never been.”

“Okay then that’s where we are going.”

They headed off towards Jesmond.

“How do you like my car; she handles well does she not?

“Yes, she handles very well; the steering is easier than my car.

They got onto the motorway and drove past the Wills Cigarette factory then down towards Jesmond Dene.

The restaurant was on Jesmond Road, the car pulled in further up the road because there were a few cars parked outside of Santorini’s

Greg held the door for her as they went in. There were only ten tables in the place and most of them were taken.

“Bonasera Louigi; come stai?

Bonasera, Ruth, nice to see you again.

This is Greg my boss; he’s a doctor.

Welcome Greg; please take a seat.

Greg pulled out the chair for Ruth then pushed it back once she had sat down.

Ruth ordered a bottle of Chianti then passed the menu to Greg.

“I know what I am having as I have the same meal every time I come here.

“Louigi came over Desidera Ruth?

“Per Antipasti prosciutto con meloneo fichi, primi plati, spaghetti alla Carbonara, secondi piatti, Bistecca alla griglia, zucchini all olio.

Prendiamo Louigi.



“I’m impressed said Greg I didn’t know you could speak Italian.

“There are lots of things you do not know about me Greg.”

“I would like to know more about you.”

“I lived in Tuscany with my father.

“Is your father Italian? No my mother was, my father was born in Gosforth and he met my mother in 1915 they fell in love and were married in the village.

Was that during the First World War?

Yes, my father settled there and I came along; my mother taught me Italian my father English.

I came to England only five years ago after my parents died. I became a nurse whilst I was in Italy and thought it would be nice to see where my father was brought up.

I worked in Sanderson’s Children’s Hospital until I got the call to come and work for you.



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