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Head of Zeus, 9 January 2020. ISBN: 978-1-8389 3062-2 (PB)
Georgina Garrett was born in
Battersea 1914, her mother Sissy died giving birth to her. She was brought up
by her father Jack and gran Dulcie. The family are very poor, to make ‘ends
meet’ Jack steals and Dulcie is a prostitute.
Rivals begins in 1934,
Georgina is sitting with four women, Fanny Mipple, Dulcie, Jane Wilcox and
Molly, who is Janes’ daughter in law and Georgina’s best friend.
to get away from her rough beginnings, she wants to become the new boss of the Willcox
gang. Billy Wilcox, husband of Molly has been killed, he was a “madman, an evil
bully who’d left pain and destruction in his wake.” Georgina intends to be
ruthless, but of course not everyone is pleased with a female taking over, even
some of those closest to her.
Rival gangs try to muscle in, there are devious men around her
and her dad is lost to alcohol. Her friends and family are in constant danger. Georgina
will begin to change the face of Battersea forever. Finally,
her man, Lash, comes back into her life, he may make her heart melt, but Georgina
won’t be softening up.
‘Rivals’ is well written, the
plot, characters and storylines are good. Recommended.
Reviewer: Sue Lord
Sam Michaelswrites gritty historical crime sagas set
in Battersea, South London, which is where she was born and bred, the council
estates being her playground.After
leaving school at sixteen with no qualifications, Sam married soon after and
had a son. The marriage ended quickly, and as a single mother, she worked in
various retail positions until undertaking an Open University degree. This led
to Sam becoming an analytical scientist and then into technical sales where she
met her husband.A few years later, they
moved from Hampshire to Spain. It was then that her mother, the Sunday Times
best-selling author, Kitty Neale, inspired Sam to put pen to paper. She now
writes her novels in sunnier climates with the company of her husband, four
dogs and six cats.
originally studied Fine Art and Art History. Her MA is in Creative Writing. She
now, revues, teaches, mentors and script doctors. She lives in central London and Cornwall.
Her favourite pastime is gardening.