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Tiger Ragtime
     

Tiger Ragtime

by Catrin Collier
 

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‘Meticulously-researched…warming the hearts of millions of readers.’ Historical Novels Review

‘Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end’Daily Mail

A new Saga Queen hits the televisual cobbles- Daily Telegraph

Book Six in the

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‘Meticulously-researched…warming the hearts of millions of readers.’ Historical Novels Review

‘Collier has a gift for bringing her characters to life that will keep the reader engrossed until the end’Daily Mail

A new Saga Queen hits the televisual cobbles- Daily Telegraph

Book Six in the Brothers and Lovers series by best-selling author Catrin Collier

Judy Hamilton was born in the Cardiff docklands.

Homeless after the death of her grandmother, she finds friendship, work and lodgings with Edyth Slater, above her bakery in Cardiff's colourful Tiger Bay. While attempting to make her way in a vibrant and complex society, Judy dreams of one day becoming a successful singer and actress. Restless and anxious to make his fortune, David Ellis leaves his brothers and sisters behind him on their isolated Breconshire farm. He is ready to embark on a new, more exciting life and is willing to do whatever it takes to find success. The enterprising natives of Tiger Bay manage to make a living from those rich enough to remain unscathed by the depression of the 1930s. Flouting the law, they open illegal casinos and nightclubs to cater for those who can still afford a good time. None are more ruthless than Aled James. With Aled's help, Judy finally breaks into the glittering paste and cardboard world of the city's nightclubs and theatres, but Aled demands a high price for his assistance.

David and Judy soon discover that even with a pocketful of money, the life they'd dreamed about may come at too high a price...

Editorial Reviews

Norma Penfold

Only an author with her roots in South Wales could bring so much warmth and realism into her characters. Tiger Ragtime is not a heavyweight novel; it is a light, easy read that manages to tackle racial prejudice, human greed and social deprivation within the confines of Tiger Bay in the 1930s.

Judy, a young singer, dreams of becoming a star, but until the arrival of business man Aled James she has been cocooned from racial discrimination by the multi-faceted mix within the dockland community. Now she finds herself suddenly aware that there are places where her colour is not acceptable. David, young and strong-willed, leaves the farming estate which, as the eldest son, he will inherit, in order to go to sea. After an ordeal that nearly kills him, he finds a job as a bookie's runner for Aled James, which brings him into contact with the law. Aled James is a man with a mission who, having left the Bay and made his fortune in America, comes back to Cardiff to set up a casino.

Harry, David's brother-in-law and Aled's half-brother, whose wealth comes from a personal inheritance, together with other colourful characters, fascinate the reader, as their lives become intricately interwoven in a story that later takes us through a turf war that emerges when Aled refuses to be intimidated by those who already rule the area with their protection racket. At the same time Aled has a vendetta with Harry over their father's inheritance.

Altogether a gripping read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781783750726
Publisher:
Accent Press, Ltd.
Publication date:
08/15/2013
Series:
Brothers and Lovers , #6
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.97(d)

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Harry broke into a cold sweat. 'You hurt David or any member of my family-'

'Did I say I was going to hurt him - or Edyth Slater?' Aled pushed his chair back from the table and rose slowly to his feet. 'She's your sister, Harry, not mine. And, with her husband gone, "footloose and fancy free" as the saying goes.'

'Aled, please-'

'Watch your back, Harry Evans,' Aled cut in ruthlessly. 'Watch it everywhere you go, David Ellis and Edyth Slater are just the beginning.'

'We're brothers ... '

'That, Harry Evans, is something I will never forget.' Aled returned his gold cigar case and lighter to his pocket and left the room.

Meet the Author

Catrin Collier is Wales' most prolific and well-known author of historical, romantic fictions. The daughter of a Prussian refugee mother and Welsh father, she grew up in Pontypridd. She has written 19 novels for Orion. Her first historical novel Hearts of Gold, was filmed as a mini-series by the BBC in 2003. She lives with her family on the Gower Peninsula, near Swansea. She also writes crime fiction under the pen name Katherine John.

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