A HANDFUL OF STARS
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Published by MacLeod Trotter Books
- Available in large print, published by Magna, ISBN 978-07505-2703-3
- Available in audio, recorded by Soundings, ISBN 978-1-84559-613-2
- Available in paperback ISBN 978-1-908359-19-3Available as an ebook ISBN 978-1-908359-18-6
- Available to buy on-line for Amazon Kindle from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com
- Foreign and translation rights to this novel are handled by the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency:
It's 1931 and the Depression has brought Tyneside to it's knees.
Businesses are struggling all over and the Magees' fancy-goods shop
is no exception. Seventeen-year-old Clara Magee is devastated when
her father commits suicide. It's bad enough he's left his wife Patience
and the family with nothing; they hadn't expected to inherit his
secret gambling debts. Facing ruin, the Magees are forced to sell
their business to a German couple whom Patience resents. Despite
her mother's disapproval, Clara befriends their daughter Reenie
and hot-headed son Benny.
Patience Magee thinks old family friend Vinnie Craven would make
far better company for her daughter, and Vinnie's admiration of
Clara is obvious to all. Yet her heart lies elsewhere - with Reenie
and Benny's dashing elder brother Frank.
When Frank leaves abruptly for Germany, a disappointed Clara tries
to dismiss her feelings for him. Increasingly flattered by Vinnie's
single-minded attention, she eventually accepts his proposal of
marriage. But Clara hadn't bargained for Vinnie's violent temper
and his growing fascination with Mosley's Fascist party. As darkness
gathers in Europe, Clara discovers more evidence of her husband's
disturbing political views. But the greatest shock is still to come.
'A vivid and compelling read ... If you like books that reflect a particular point in history then you will find this one fascinating'
Derby Evening Telegraph
'An enjoyable read giving a vivid picture of the Depression years'
Bradford Telegraph and Argus
'Weaving vivid history with a heart-breaking love story,
A Handful of Stars, is an outstanding depiction of the tensions
and turbulence of life in the 1930s. Janet is often compared to
Catherine Cookson, but she is a true original - and an author you'll
take straight to your heart after just one chapter!'
'MacLeod Trotter writes with confidence and conviction, weaving together a panorama of inter-connected incidents, all charged with feeling and emotion. It's another good read and it proceeds to a dramatic climax.'
The Newcastle Journal
'I kept reading this and before I knew I was halfway through. It's a brilliant book - I was on the edge of my seat at the end. It was heart pounding, shocking, surprising and an excellent twist - fantastic reading. You must read it now. '
G. Innes - Newcastle UK.
'I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Handful of Stars and, just like your other sagas, it was one book which I couldn't put down. I've been a huge fan of yours for years and your books just keep on getting better and better.'
J.B. - Malta.
'I really enjoy your books, you are just what I ;have been looking for since the passing of Catherine Cookson. Thank you so much, may there be many more books to come.'
KW via website
Hi Janet Thought you might like some feedback on your new book.
Just finished reading the new book I absolutely loved it. I ordered
it from the Library and got it a week ago and I had to keep stopping
reading it to make it last longer because I could have just read
the whole book in one go I could not put it down. The amazing thing
was that my Mother was called Clara and my Father was called Frank.
I was wondering how Clara was going to get rid of Vinnie mostly
but what a great story it just kept rolling along keeping your attention
from start to finish.
I always think your latest book is your best but I really think
this is an absolute winner.
You deserve really good reviews for this book it was Brilliant.
Thank you Janet for a great read.
PS. I was sorry to hear you had lost your Father before A Crimson
Dawn he was obviously very proud of you .
H.D. - Wales
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