The Lifer

Royston E Herbert (2009)

Fiction   Thriller / Suspense

Bert Simpson’s life is a kaleidoscope of ups and devastating downs! A happy life at the beginning is then followed by heartbreak and this sequence of events was to accompany him for the greater part of his adulthood. In prison he makes some very unusual friends who manage to boost his low esteem and start him back on the road to recovery.

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Bert Simpson’s life is a kaleidoscope of ups and devastating downs. A happy life at the beginning to the heartbreak that was to accompany him for the greater part of his adulthood.
Trouble starts when his mother’s illness causes Bert to be sent to live with his Grandmother. She dies in 1939 and war breaks out in the same year.
Bert travels back to his hometown where his Grandmother looks after the whole family. War escalates and Bert is sent as an evacuee to Devon. Finishing school he returns to his hometown and once again picks-up on old childhood friendships.
In marriage tragedy strikes and Bert is accused of murder and is sentenced to life imprisonment. In prison he makes some very unusual friends who manage to boost his low esteem and start him back on the road to his eventual recovery. It is here that he meets a girl who believes in him.
The book also deals with the delightful cameo of the personal life of the investigating detective and his progress from murder investigation to meeting the woman of his dreams.

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Royston E Herbert

I was born of English parents in Hendon, Middlesex, London, England. I spent the first 4 years of my life in Hendon and then I moved with my family to Isleworth, Middlesex when my Father was transferred to Isleworth, Middlesex, where he worked as an Engineer for the Mogden Sewerage Works. I was sent to live with my Gran when my Mother became ill and my Father could no longer look after me. I was 7 years old when my Mother died and in the same year when World War 2 broke out I returned to Isleworth with my Grandparents and then after the war escalated I was sent to stay with Foster parents as an evacuee where they lived in Tiverton, Devon. After the war I spent 4 years in various factories, ‘marking time’, until I joined the RAF as a National Serviceman at 18. When I was demobbed from the Services I became ill and was diagnosed as having TB on my 21st Birthday. After 2 years spent in hospital and in convalescence I married at 22 years of age and then [...]

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