After a harrowing tour of duty as an RAF conscript, Eugene returns to Britain from war-ravaged Burma. Eugene is a riveting acccount of triumph, turmoil, and ultimately tragedy. This novel will appeal to readers of historical fiction novels; the forbidden love of a Burmese girl is woven throughout a historical narrative that details post-war Britain and the lives of the young men sent to the Far East making for an intriguing and fast-paced read.
Pearl, the sequel to Eugene, is a classic modern detective story that picks up right where we left off. We find Pearl struggling to accept that her deceased friend Eugene committed multiple murders back in 1956. She is merely an amateur sleuth with only a Burmese student Kyaw to help delve into the past. The odds of success are slim and at times her faith is sorely tested. Conversely Marcus, a successful stock market day trader, has a burning moral obligation to prove that Eugene was a killer. It is the unexpected that shocks.
Eugene was a butcher-boy. When he was only twelve he could make sausages and pies. But, when he was eighteen, he was sent to Burma to drop rice from an aeroplane to villagers starving in the jungle. The Japanese soldiers were running scared.
Eugene fell in love with a beautiful Burmese girl named Chit but when he returned to England, she was not allowed to come with him. They were both very sad. Years later he married Dorothy and they opened only the second supermarket in England. Things started to go wrong. There was an explosion down a coal mine, a terrible car crash and then Dorothy died: but how?
In his full length memoir “Violets”, John Smith punctuated the story with poems. For the first time these poems are drawn together and supplemented by others that did not form part of that story. This little book consists of twenty-five original poems. Whilst each is about a specific person, time or event, the reader will be drawn into the theatre. The beauty of a poem is that it may not be what it appears to be. Keep this collection handy. Time and again you will be drawn back to it.
The year is 1942, the British are stoical but fearful, the war could go either way. A boy is born in middle England on a small tenanted farm that might be lost to the Germans. He knows nothing of this nightmare since the early years are idyllic. Hating school and failing the crucial exam, the omens are not good. But he is bright and works hard and against the odds gets an office job aged 15 and is plunged headlong into an adult world. A world of steam trains and post-war characters. It will take a big push to penetrate the realms of accounting and finance, yet it can be done. A time long gone.
It’s 70’s Britain and industry is rapidly reforming to prepare for a new age of opportunity and prosperity. John Smith a one time tenant farmer’s son gives a compelling account of how his family came second in his race to the top of the Price Waterhouse consultancy ladder and then in corporate life. Be prepared for some frank admissions about where life lost out to work in the work/life balance, but more importantly whether it was all worth it and whether there is a life hereafter.