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South of the River - A Novel of the Fifties

by Peter Thorogood


An entertaining novel about a variety of colourful characters living in a small south London street in the 1950's - a time of great social change.  Laburnum Villas is to be sold for redevelopment within the year and the residents are under threat at the hands of their ambitious landlord, the self-important Councillor Joe Purvis.  Things take a turn for the worse with the appearance of the vicious Curly Donoghue, a porter in the Borough Market.  Several calamities later, the lives of the residents suffer a change.  Whilst on their annual August Bank Holiday coach outing to Brighton, they each experience a 'moment of truth' when they are called upon by circumstances beyond their control to reflect on their condition.  They return to the Villas to face an uncertain future.


"I could not put it down" - Wendy Cairns


430 pp             ISBN 0 9538281 8 2        12.50 online price 10.00

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