The Boy From Zion Street

From the moment he was born, everyone knew Spencer White was destined for great things But life in the backstreets of post war Manchester was not easy Spencer s father, John Henry White, drinks to ease the pain of his own childhood, and a dark secret that will eventually be his undoing Spencer s mother, Joan, works as a cleaner in an effort to make ends meet and triesFrom the moment he was born, everyone knew Spencer White was destined for great things But life in the backstreets of post war Manchester was not easy Spencer s father, John Henry White, drinks to ease the pain of his own childhood, and a dark secret that will eventually be his undoing Spencer s mother, Joan, works as a cleaner in an effort to make ends meet and tries to sell two framed prints to an art dealer thinking they are originals But the dealer is a police informer and the pictures were stolen during a suspected murder while Hitler bombed Manchester 15 years earlier This desperate woman s mistake triggers a cycle of vengeance and death that will haunt her brilliant young son Fortunately, Spencer meets Zilla Arbib, a woman who sees his potential and takes him under her wing But it will take all of her resources to keep the White family s past from ruining Spence s chance at a better life Now a seventy year old Judge, Spencer White must face the demons of his past and confront a secret that has laid hidden until now Geoffrey Seed s latest book, The Boy From Zion Street, is rooted in an intriguingly poignant family saga It cuts between the judge s chaotic early life and the run up to the 2015 British general election when chance and circumstance collide and Westminster s backstairs plotters trap him into a deadly political conspiracy Praise for Geoffrey Seed More than a thriller, than a memoir, this is Geoffrey Seed s best book so far Patrick Malahide Zion Street carried me back to a place I knew then dropped me in the present in a swirl of heartbreak and treachery Gripping CP Lee, broadcaster and leading media pundit Seed draws on his childhood memories of war damaged 1950s Manchester in this finely drawn story of a tragic family haunted by guilt His lyrical prose and his ability to create key characters whose fate absorbs the reader make The Boy From Zion Street impossible to put down Anne Loader, publisher This writer combines a poet s love for words with a storyteller s flair for page turning adventure Jonathan Veale, publisher and author Geoffrey Seed certainly has a place in the line of successors to le Carr Karen Bryant Doering, US book reviewer Geoffrey Seed is a journalist and television producer, specialising in investigations into terrorism, corruption and human rights abuses for programmes like BBC Panorama and ITV s World in Action The Kindle edition of his debut novel, A Place of Strangers, led s best selling political thriller list for months His follow up, The Convenience of Lies, was also a top ten hit Both were widely acclaimed.
The Boy From Zion Street From the moment he was born everyone knew Spencer White was destined for great things But life in the backstreets of post war Manchester was not easy Spencer s father John Henry White drinks to eas

  • Title: The Boy From Zion Street
  • Author: Geoffrey Seed
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 thought on “The Boy From Zion Street”

    1. An articulate and beautifully rendered story that shows how the sins of the fathers do often profoundly effect subsequent generations. As Shakespeare once said: “The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children.”Like many historical novels, “The Boy from Zion Street” contains two separate time periods – the star of each in this novel is Spencer White.In the present day Spencer is an esteemed judge who is retiring imminently. More than ready for his impending retirement he is loo [...]

    2. Spencer White was born into low income and suffered Polio while growing up in Manchester. His mother and father each had their own secrets that shaped their lives and pulled them into sorrow and suffering. His mother was a cleaner and tried her best to create a good life for her son making money as best she could. Even taking 2 old prints to an art dealer to try to get cash. Instead the art dealer calls the police and reports that she has 2 stolen prints.His father is a delivery driver that drin [...]

    3. Fantastic book with strong memorable characters and a narrative that draws you right to the last page. The two time periods of the book work well and the author clearly has good knowledge of the period as the characters and their relationships with each other ring true. The pacing is good and the twist near the end well executed. I cannot recommend this book highly enough as it has facets that I think would appeal to most readers.

    4. This really was an excellent read, several stories intertwined into one complicated and intriguing story of the life of a judge with a somewhat chequered past . I had the added bonus of some of the book being based where I used to live and recognised several of the featured locations. Given the way it ended there is bound to be a sequel and I for one look forward to when that happens.

    5. Intriguing, not till close to the end did I get a sense of what this was about. Very clever plotting.

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