This is the prequel to the trilogy, A Relative Invasion, "this well-executed emotional drama" (Historical Novel Society) .
The story explores the fateful relationship between Billy and his talented but devious cousin, Kenneth.
Readers of A Relative Invasion asked about the family before the boys were born. Did the adults' previous lives predetermine the dramatic events in Book Three? To answer these points I wrote this prequel and allowed the older generation to give some account of their pre-war life.
An early draft of A Relative Invasion was runner-up in the Yeovil Prize (novel) and gained a full critique from Harper Collins writers' site: "—a powerful and compelling narrative with strong and relatable characters… The author is deft in capturing that sense of tightly controlled emotions in the parents' characters…it foreshadows the violence about to erupt in Europe..."
About the Author
Rosalind Minett (writing name) studied at Birmingham, Sussex and Exeter universities and enjoyed a career as a chartered psychologist. The inner life of her characters drives her plots whether the genre is humour, historical or crime. She relishes quirkiness, and loves creating complex characters of all ages.
She lives in the South West and spends her time writing, sculpting and painting.