|Publication Date: 20 Apr 2017|
|Publisher: Marylebone House|
|Page Count: 328|
|Author: Steve Goddard|
|ISBN-13: 9781910674420, 9781910674437|
Whatever Happened to Billy Shears?
That’s all it took.
And Lucy Pitcher spun William Shearwater’s world upside down.
Fifty years on, ‘Shears’ is a squeaky-clean Anglican chaplain, nursing memories of a lost and secret love. He has never met English teacher Sophie Daggert, recently bereaved and on a quest to trace her natural parents. But through a mesmerizing series of twists and turns, Sophie and Shears are brought together in a shocking journey of self-discovery – with 1967’s Summer of Love at the heart of it all.
‘Witty, tragic and emotional. If there’s a better-observed comic novel about the 1960s, I’ll eat my kaftan.’
Cindy Kent MBE, (ex-The Settlers)
‘Goddard’s knowledge of popular culture is extraordinary, and the way he weaves it into a believable range of characters makes this book utterly compelling. A splendid read is guaranteed for all.’
Don Maclean, former presenter of BBC TV’s Crackerjack!
The plot on its own is engaging . . . but woven into the fabric of the story are hidden Beatles references like Easter eggs waiting to be discovered by the reader.
Witty, tragic and emotional. If there’s a better-observed comic novel about the 1960s, I’ll eat my kaftan.
Goddard’s knowledge of popular culture is extraordinary, and the way he weaves it into a believable range of characters makes this book utterly compelling. A splendid read is guaranteed for all.
[Of RATTLES AND ROSETTES, author's first novel published in 2014]
There are football biographies by the bucket load, but a football-themed novel that is as utterly compelling as Rattles and Rosettes doesn't come along very often. And a rare gem it is, too. Superbly written in a way that captivates from the first sentence of the first page, this novel grabs hold of you, pulls you in and won't let go . . . [it] unfolds in an increasingly entertaining and intriguing way and the climax is not only unexpected but really tugs at the heart-strings. Highly recommended!
It will come as no spoiler to hear that eventually, somehow, Goddard cunningly ties the two stories together in a manner which is as surprising as it is masterful, with a mesmerising, twisting and turning crescendo that builds over the final chapters before spilling over onto a genuinely emotional epilogue . . . a book of immense substance.