Legacy of Shadows Bernard Spilsbury

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Published: May 7th 2013

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398 pages


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Legacy of Shadows  by  Bernard Spilsbury

Legacy of Shadows by Bernard Spilsbury
May 7th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 398 pages | ISBN: | 10.16 Mb

When uppish airline captainGeoff Mayer fi nds his ancestors wereworkhouse paupers it’s a terrible shock.He has always been comfortably-off -his father owned a chain of grocerystores, and his grandfather was adoctor.So he expects his earlierforebearsMoreWhen uppish airline captainGeoff Mayer fi nds his ancestors wereworkhouse paupers it’s a terrible shock.He has always been comfortably-off -his father owned a chain of grocerystores, and his grandfather was adoctor.So he expects his earlierforebears to have been well-heeled...perhaps, even, nobility.

When theyturn out to be old-style workingclass, it’s anathema to Hanna, Geoff’ssnobbish wife. It is the mid-80s, andboth are staunch supporters of ToryPrime Minister Margaret Thatcher.Hanna sees Geoff’s embarrassingfamily tree as a threat to her status.But infuriatingly, as he traces hisancestors he even starts to sympathisewith them.Worse, as Geoff works back tothe 1700s, he discovers his femaleforebears working London’s streets asprostitutes He fi nds little other informationexcept records of births, marriagesand deaths.

Geoff doesn’t even knowthe shocking truth of what happenedto his own mother. But for the reader,the truth is revealed as the story goes“live” in each generation...and allhave their own dramatic story.Secretly Hanna has had a stringof lovers. When she walks out on their23 year marriage and tells their sonthat Geoff is not his father, his cosyworld is shattered.This is a story that combineslife in the turbulent and divisive“Thatcher” 1980s with the realitiesbehind England’s “good old days” -highlighting some interesting parallels with modern times.



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