1937 London. Who could have predicted the drama that would mark the Wilson family’s future when Billy meets his devious cousin Kenneth? As war threatens in Europe, sturdy, well-meaning Billy suffers his own war when Kenneth invades his life. Smaller and frail, but older, Kenneth envies Billy’s superior strength and home comforts. The four adults only see Kenneth’s porcelain looks and sweet manners, blind to how he manipulates Billy at every turn. The desire for power and territory threatening peace in Europe is now mirrored in the Wilson home. Billy faces a future with bullying, separation, evacuation, physical hardship and Kenneth’s relentless invasion of his personal world, as well as a war itself. For security he relies on his icon, a Cossack sabre he’s secretly seen in the home of Mr Durban, his father’s colleague. The sabre has its own tale, dating back to the first world war, a history that both inspires and threatens Billy’s development.
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Rosalind Minett writes novels, such as the historical trilogy, A Relative Invasion. Book One, Intrusion, won a full (and glowing) critique from Harper Collins and a Highly Commended in the Yeovil Novel prize. It also gained a B.R.A.G medallion and a Discovering Diamonds Review, is Book One.
Two contemporary novels are in progress. Rosalind also writes short stories, with two collections published. Several stories have been performed in the UK and others included in anthologies.
Her career as a psychologist meant meeting and working with interesting people of all ages. Now retired, she creates imaginary characters instead. Her understanding of how people think, learn, feel and behave drives her plots in everything she writes.
She lives in the South West of England and spends her non-family time enjoying scenic walks, theatre, sculpting and painting.