Overview

About the Book: 2010, northern England is suffering from unemployment and socio-economic problems. Families are losing jobs, homes and spirit. Oliver Brubeck, a single 40-year old jack-of-all-trades, is an ordinary man approaching a mid-life crisis, without much in fact to have a crisis about. Self-identity and how he is perceived becomes the crisis, only for him to discover that life and how you accept its challenges is in fact what defines you. Family, friends, neighbours and bullish acquaintances put demands ...
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Defend Your Territory

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Overview

About the Book: 2010, northern England is suffering from unemployment and socio-economic problems. Families are losing jobs, homes and spirit. Oliver Brubeck, a single 40-year old jack-of-all-trades, is an ordinary man approaching a mid-life crisis, without much in fact to have a crisis about. Self-identity and how he is perceived becomes the crisis, only for him to discover that life and how you accept its challenges is in fact what defines you. Family, friends, neighbours and bullish acquaintances put demands on Oliver but despite the adversity he is faced with-death, betrayal, loneliness and ailing youth, he finds solace in the humour and solidarity of the residents of Mammoth Avenue with whom he becomes attached and forever entwined.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909047129
  • Publisher: WritersReadersDirect
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Sold by: Bookwire
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 575
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

About the Author Anthony Terence was born in Liverpool, England in 1988. Having originally studied Geography at the University of Manchester, Anthony's love of writing took him in a different direction with the creation of his debut novel 'Defend Your Territory'. He has written and produced two radio shows about the spiritual music of Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Anthony enjoys exploring places, differing cultures and fascinating landscapes.
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Chapter One That year was bookended by two deaths and a whole lot of other stuff in between. I was sitting in a tea-stained chair next to the hospital bed as the fireworks were being ignited for a new year. From the large clean window six floors up we could see for miles the rainbow coloured explosions in the sky. My father, George, lay prostrate, his head supported by the orthopaedic pillow. It held dabs of blood that had leaked from the scabs on his crown. The oxygen mask made him look different-not like the man I'd known for 40 years. He'd been alive for twice that long. My mother, Martha, sat opposite me leaning across her beloved, clasping his right hand in hers along with her rosary beads, which she took everywhere. Tears navigated the wrinkles of her pale face and fell onto the duvet. My father tried to open his eyes. He lifted his left arm up in the air and swung it as if trying to locate its position. Me and Ma leaned in closer. "What is it?" she said, choking on her tears. She'd been there all day and was emotionally drained. She'd got more response from the busy nurses than my dad. She didn't like waiting. My dad's left hand found its way to the mask and he started to lift it off with a struggle. This was it. We waited for the final famous words that would befit such a spiritual soul. His throat was dry and scratchy. His head didn't move, but his eyes spun as he fixed them onto his companions so that he knew who was with him. "Have... have..." he started. I wasn't sure whether I wanted him to finish. A father and his son. All the arguments we'd ever had came into my mind. I didn't want him to have the last word. Not now. "Yes, love?" said Ma. "Have... have yer checked tonight's lottery numbers?" I looked at him, my deep breath trying to escape my lungs. I knew he was serious and at that moment I felt it. It was the most important thing in the world. Me and Ma breathed out. A slight relief. Ma smiled, her wrinkled face shed the worry. We had been through it so many times before. Expecting the worse but forgetting the strength of the human spirit. My dad had only a desire to live. While we were seeing the end, he was gaining the strength to recoup his faculties. I imagined we were on a TV screen. I was thinking of all those TV programmes, soaps that my Ma watched, how they all seemed so far fetched. The inappropriate behaviour, the scandals, the drama. I guess everybody's got their own story. Families are the same all the world over. What was going on in the next bed? What was their story? I looked at Ma and saw all the mothers of the world. The camera zoomed in on her hands as they clutched Dad's. "No, love... we'll check them later when we get back to the house. You just rest up, now... that's it." She stroked his white hair as he returned the oxygen mask, closed his eyes and drifted off. He wasn't to die that night. * * * I stuck my hand in the left pocket of my thread-bare jeans and took out my ancient mobile phone. Twelve missed calls and fifteen messages. I wasn't sure of the protocol in the hospital of using mobile phones; it was tacitly known that they interfered with the medical equipment in some way but everybody still seemed to use them. Thirty minutes later I was driving back home to Moriton, exhausted, desperate for a drink. It was only a five minute drive (once I'd got out of the labyrinth of hospital car parks)...
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Table of Contents

Contents Cover | About | Dedication |Title | Copyright | Disclaimer |Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 27 About the Author | Contacts and Credits | Back Cover
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