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- DescriptionCan any pigeon, however fast, take a message to a dead man? The story is set in a mining village in the 1940s, when all the men kept racing pigeons. Dan Pugh, a miner whose wife died in childbirth, loves the little daughter who survived. Bethan is brain damaged and cant do many things, but adores her father and the racing pigeons. When she is fifteen Dan gives Bethan her own very special bird named Birthday, which turns out to be an extraordinary racing champion. The villagers supply a rich supporting cast in this story - from Dan's spinster sister who keeps house, and whose heart is being broken by a secret love affair with a local shepherd, to a kindly doctor, ice-cream makers, a classical school master, Italian immigrants, a wayward teenage girl, and more. When war comes and Dan is reported missing in action, they all try, without success, to explain to Bethan what has happened. But for her, with her unique slant on human life, death simply has meaning. In the end Bethan's solution is to send Birthday to her father with a letter. But can any pigeon, however fast, take a message to a dead man?
- Author BiographyL M Shakespeare was born in Wales, educated at schools
in England, followed by Cambridge University. She is
the author of three financial thrillers: Lodestar (Utmost Good Faith), The Gentlemen's Mafia, and Death Valley (Poisoning the Angels), first published by Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd, in paperback by Futura, and reissued in paperback and Kindle by Hopcyn Press. Her historical novel, Malice, is recently out in paperback and Kindle.
- Author(s)L. M. Shakespeare
- PublisherHopcyn Press
- Date of Publication15/10/2012
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHopcyn Press
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine23 mm
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