A tale of two villages

(Approx 115,000 words)

by George Macpherson

Published March 2017

A chaotic Cornish comedy – with serious undertones, in which two villages have been feuding for centuries. All change when divine intervention triggered by tractor-driver Bill Burt, playing Polfellet church organ, solves not only social and economic problems, but also leads to illicit romance in other social circles.

Heroines and villains in this modern fairy tale are three women, Wiffy, Tink and Plonker, school-mates since posh prep school in Par, and later at Cheltenham Ladies’. The men in the story, including Lord Oswald Kitchener (‘Oz’), Admiral Nicholas Beddington (RN Retired) and Gervase Hetherington-Blythe (pronounced ‘Hithe’) all dance to the tunes of these sirens – and to a couple of others including the formidable Cynthia Heddington, the Admiral’s socialite wife, and Heidi Schmidt, who works at Aldi in Liskeard.

Landowners Oz and Gervase, like many with property on Bodmin Moor, have a bracken problem, while climate change presents new hazards to them and their land, which, from the air, looks like The Somme in 1917, due to frantic mining and prospecting in days gone by. Some ingenious solutions emerge with national and indeed global, benefit. 

None of this will be forgotten, especially every August, when this part of East Cornwall, from now on, reverberates with church bells and bagpipes.

Author’s note: This novel, while scandalous, is not explicit in its love scenes, violent episodes – so can be recommended to even the squeamish. 

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ISBN-13: 978-1543200454 (CreateSpace-Assigned) 

ISBN-10: 1543200451