The 'Jack' series of stories
This series of stories is very loosely based on my life. Many of the actions are mine, but when all said and done, 'Jack the Lad' is simply a story, just like all the books that will follow in this series.
The second volume is called 'Jack', and was released October 11th 2016.
The overall story is based loosely in reality, tracing the fortunes of the Ingles family in the West Riding coal fields around Normanton and Altofts.
Theirs is a saga that could be replicated time after time in an area where scratching a living wasn't easy and where coal, drink, and occasional infidelity played integral parts in the life of the community.
Their story starts in the mid-1940s, and paints a picture of the privations endured, the dramas enacted, and the joys and sorrows shared in a town where all understood how hard it was to break free from the shackles of traditional coal mining community constraints.
Potentially fifth generation coal hewers, William and Jack Ingles did just that. They achieved the unthinkable by defying their father's wish for them to become coal miners, but at what cost to them and to their close family?
It is proving already to be a very popular saga, given the number of rave reviews I have received to date.
Book 5 is called "All Right, Jack?" and will be published towards the end of 2019, and will be launched at Normanton Library - the town in which I was born and reared. Details will be available in the near future.