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Publication Date: 20 Apr 2017
Publisher: Marylebone House
Page Count: 328
Author: Steve Goddard
ISBN-13: 9781910674420, 9781910674437

Whatever Happened to Billy Shears?

By Steve Goddard
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Summary
One handstand.

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!
About the Author
Steve Goddard is a public relations consultant, working mainly on exhibitions and films. He has been a sub-editor on the sports pages of the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo and is currently co-editor of www.shipoffools.com, an irreverent Christian web magazine with a vibrant online community. His first novel, Rattles and Rosettes, was a work of social history charting the lives and loves of two young football fans in 1914 and 2010.
Press Reviews

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.

- British Beatles Fan Club Magazine

Witty, tragic and emotional. If there’s a better-observed comic novel about the 1960s, I’ll eat my kaftan.

- Cindy Kent MBE, former lead singer of 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 MBE, former presenter of BBC TV’s Crackerjack!

[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!

- The Revd Chris Roe, Chaplain to Crystal Palace FC

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.

- Tim Pike on Ship of Fools

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