Featured Book – Danny’s Story – The Blurb

Featured Book – Danny’s Story – The Blurb

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This is Danny’s story and how he stumbled upon a place to live and friendships that saved his life. This is the story of a house that became a home. It is the story of an assortment of desperate people who were all lost and some became found. It is a real story of how people who are worthless and have no respect for themselves came to form a community. It is a story that tells us that there is a reason for everything; that chance works in strange ways and that often salvation appears out of the strangest circumstance. This is the story of Danny Champion.

This book took fifty years in the making.

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My new novel – Danny’s Story – is now available in the Amazon stores on Kindle!

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Danny’s Story – A novel about a wonderful house full of exotic characters.

301 Green Lanes and 303 Green Lanes was a real big old rambling house. It was full of little flats and had a magical landlord in the form of Mr Rose. It also had a surreal garden.

That house was my home for a number of years at the beginning of the 70s. It was full of interesting characters. Some passed through and some stayed and all had a tale to tell.

301 was like a tasty curry full of spice and exotic ingredients. It was a refuge, a community and a cornucopia of strange people.

I always felt there was a novel in that house but I could never work out how to write it. I read Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat and realised how I could do it – not that I am saying it is anything like that wonderful book.

If you are interested in reading it you can find it on Amazon:

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Featured Book – Danny’s Story – Chapter 8

Danny’s Story – Chapter 8

I wanted you to get an impression of how the story progresses.

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Chapter 8 – decoration

Danny set about turning the flat into a home. Although he was on the dole now he didn’t have much money to throw about. Fortunately he did not need much. Mr Rose even let him off a couple of weeks rent. He painted the walls white. It took three coats. He painted the doors white and then painted the middle panels in orange and red. Then he painted the chairs. He had two wooden chairs. They looked so good red and orange that he did the wooden arms of the armchairs and the panels of the cupboards. He painted some flowers, a snail and bees on the white tiles of the old fireplace. Pete and Diane came to help. Pete was brilliant on the flowers and added a scene from jabberwocky. Diane was good at doing the edged straight. She had the patience.

When the painting was done Danny set about sorting shelves. As it was in the attic the ceilings sloped but at least there was height enough to build some shelves. He could not be without his whole collection of albums for long. Danny needed music to keep him alive. He needed his books around him. They were all at Cheryl’s. He wanted them back. But there was no money left for shelves.

The building site provided the answer. There were plenty of bricks. Danny and Pete made a lot of visits and liberated many bricks. There was wood to scrounge too if you knew where to look. Pete was good at sawing it to size. Soon the whole wall was shelving.

Diane was brilliant. She sorted these little gingham curtains of red and white squares and donated two of her Indian bedspreads. One was a throw over the sofa and one went on the bed as a bedspread.

Pete came up with three orange boxes that he’d aptly painted orange. They stacked on the cupboard next to the stove to store the cans and tins. Then he came up with this big old wooden reel that had been used for some sort of cabling on the building site. It was huge and heavy. As they struggled up the stairs with it they met Mr McDoud for the first time. He, wearing his shabby raincoat, stumbled out of his door. Confronted with two young maniacs manhandling this huge wooden reel up the narrow stairwell he froze. It did not seem real. It was possible that Mr McDoud believed he was seeing things. It wasn’t quite a pink elephant but it was close. Finally working out that it was real he pulled himself together.

‘Allriet,’ he mumbled in his best Glaswegian.

Danny and Pete nodded. ‘Grand,’ Pete replied, working out that Mr McDoud had inquired about their health.

Mr McDoud made no move to help with the unwieldy wooden structure. He simply shuffled off to the side to allow them to struggle past.

Somehow Danny and Pete got the reel up the four flights of stairs and ensconced in the sitting room. By the time Pete had varnished it the room was adorned with a glorious coffee table.

Next Pete turned his attention to the need for a table. As none was to hand, he decided that a large reinforced cardboard box would do. Diane transformed it with a table-cloth made from the same red and white squared gingham that she’d made the curtains from. They had somewhere to sit and eat even if there was nowhere to fit your legs and you had to sit sideways. It served its purpose.

The finishing touch was the carpet. Well it wasn’t really a carpet. It was Danny’s birthday and his Mum asked him what he’d like. He’d seen this circular raffia rug. He could imagine it taking centre stage.

It was while returning with the circular rug, all rolled up into a lengthy, tapering cylinder, that he made the acquaintance of the last inhabitants of number 301.

Other selected books and novels:

 

Anecdotes-Weird-Science-Writing-Ramblings – a book of anecdotes mainly from the sixties and other writing.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anecdotes-Weird-Science-Writing-Ramblings/dp/1519675631/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461832001&sr=1-9&keywords=opher+goodwin

 

More Anecdotes – following the immense popularity of the first volume I produced a second

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/More-Anecdotes-Essays-Beliefs-flotsam/dp/1530770262/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461832001&sr=1-5&keywords=opher+goodwin

 

Goofin’ with the cosmic freaks – a kind of On the Road for the sixties

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goofin-Cosmic-Freaks-Opher-Goodwin/dp/1500860247/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461832001&sr=1-13&keywords=opher+goodwin

The book of Ginny – a novel

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-Ginny-Opher-Goodwin/dp/150089074X/ref=sr_1_39?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461832307&sr=1-39&keywords=opher+goodwin

 

In Britain :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Opher-Goodwin/e/B00MSHUX6Y/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1461306850&sr=1-2-ent

 

In America:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=opher+goodwin

In all other countries around the world check out your regional Amazon site and Opher Goodwin books.

Featured Book – Danny’s Story – the artwork.

The cover for this book has been a bit of a problem. I wanted to use a painting of mine of the actual flat that I based the book on. The only problem was that I had already used the painting for The Book of Ginny.

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This is the painting of the living room I wanted to use that had already been used on The Book of Ginny.

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This is one of the bedroom that did not seem quite right for this book – not quite right for the image of the character Danny Champion. It was too soft and feminine..

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This is the only other one I had from the flat. While it portrayed a view of the room it was not a very satisfying image.

So I had a think. I decided to combine two painting and thus create a different effect to that of the Ginny one.

I liked the effect.

There is a lot of controversy over my use of my artwork for my book covers. While they are rather unique there is a view that they are amateurish and do not give the impression of a well-written book. What do you think? Should I go for something more mainstream and professional looking?

This book took fifty years in the making.

NOW AVAILABLE!!   Only £2.06 to buy!

My new novel – Danny’s Story – is now available in the Amazon stores on Kindle!

Kindle Edition
£0.00
Subscribers read for £0.00 £2.06 to buy                         

The link in the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dannys-Story-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B01G98Q4LK/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464463711&sr=1-2&keywords=opher+Danny%27s

The link in the USA:

Kindle
$2.99
Read with Our Free App                                                                           

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For the princely sum of just  –

Paperback
£6.86
1 New from £6.86                                  You could own the new Opher Goodwin classic.

Here’s the links:

In the UK –

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In the USA –

Paperback
$9.98
4 New from $9.08                                       

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Featured book – Danny’s Story – Chapter 1

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This is a novel straight out of the sixties. It is a fictionalised story of a big old rambling old house which had been turned into bedsits. It was a real place – 301 Green Lanes – full of real vivid characters – many of whom became my friends. This was the world of drugs, whores, gangsters, travellers, alcoholics, lonely people and eccentrics. I lived there for four years. The landlord was an old man who lived on site and was a highly creative person. The garden was a psychedelic delight.

In order to make it work as a novel I changed the names, altered some of the characters and put the plot into place. I didn’t have to change much; it largely wrote itself.

This is Chapter 1 to give you a taste of the book:

Chapter 1 – How Danny Champion stumbled upon the House

Life was not going well for Danny Champion. Even given the vagaries of recent events you could say he was having a bad day. The final bust-up with Cheryl had left him bruised, deflated and defeated. His exasperated explosive fit of temper at work, culminating in his resignation, had been the final trigger that caused Cheryl to call it a day. She regarded him as a hopeless case who would amount to nothing. Then, following a blazing row, she had thrown him out.

Not that Danny felt aggrieved. He couldn’t blame her. She was right. He was a fool. The rules he wanted to live by did not fit with the world as it was. He’d thrown in his Master’s degree along with that job and now had no career prospects. Worst of all – he had not discussed it with Cheryl. He was truly a waste of space. She thought he had behaved like a spoilt child throwing his dummy out. The worst thing about it was that he had.

In one single moment of pent up frustration Danny had given up his job, his dreams, hopes and even the will to live, and had neither ideas, plans nor even a hint of where to stay tonight. He had been sucked into a void. His life had blown up in his face and he no longer cared. And the strange thing was that he did not regret it – not in the least. It just left him feeling lost and miserable. But even if he could go back he wouldn’t. He was fed up with living a lie. He knew he had to make a break with it. Except it had jettisoned him into nowhere.

Danny sat in the café morosely nursing a mug of tea, with a hold-all sitting at his feet containing all the possessions he could carry – mainly changes of clothes, a clutch of essential albums and a sleeping bag. Everything else was at Cheryl’s. Following their row he’d chucked everything into the bag and walked away. There was no way back; it had been brewing for a long time. In his heart was an emptiness that was darker than the vacuum of space. He did not even know why he was here. He felt like an ephemeral ghost. He was no longer real. But at least he was free of it all.

Danny swirled the tea around in his mug and idly watched the creamy brown liquid as it formed its whirlpool, and the bubbles whirled round the sides, caught and skidded off the porcelain. His mind was utterly vacant.

He’d been here hours. He knew he would have to move soon, get up from this table, leave the warmth and go out into the elements, but had nowhere to go. He was putting it off. He let his mind contemplate the options, and morbidly observed the workings of his mind as if from afar. All the limpid grey matter could manage was a series of temporary floors or couches. None of the choices were at all appealing; none filled him with the slightest enthusiasm. But then going back to beg Cheryl for another chance was simply not an alternative. That was over. That was the one thing he was sure of. He’d sleep rough rather than do that. The only thing worse than going back to Cheryl’s was going home to his parents’ house. That was a nightmare not worth even considering. He could not stomach the prospect of all that gloating, wheedling and nagging. He’d rather face life on the streets. As far as his parents were concerned he was throwing his life away. He’d wasted his opportunities, gone off the rails and was now paying the price. They wanted him to straighten up, dress right, do right, and make his way in the world. They’d been full of warnings about his lifestyle and appearance. They were fond of telling him about the ‘real world’. He’d rather die than prove them right.

‘Are you alright Danny?’ Suzie asked with an uncertain smile. She slid into the seat opposite him. ‘You’re looking glum.’

Danny looked up at her dolefully. Suzie was petite, very slim, fair-haired and attractive and had always had the hots for Danny. Her mini-skirt always showed off her perfect legs and her blouse was open sufficiently to tantalise. Her hair was close cropped which suited her impish features and snub nose. She was immaculate in every way. It was a shame that she did not appeal to him. Danny thought she was too much of the little office girl. Everything about her was too trim, prim and proper. Not a hair out of place. Definitely not Danny’s type. They belonged to different worlds. But, none-the-less, they were friends.

‘That’s because I’m feeling glum,’ Danny replied grumpily.

Over the next two hours, and two cups of tea plus a full-blown English breakfast, courtesy of Suzie, the whole story came out.

Danny was destitute, without a home, no relationship and no future. The more it poured out of Danny the gloomier he became. There was no way forward. It looked hopeless.

The more depressed Danny became the more bubbly Suzie grew. By the time he had finished his tale of woe she was so effervescent that she could hardly contain herself. She had the answer to his problem. That put her in the driving seat.

‘You’re in luck, Danny,’ she exclaimed. ‘Charlotte and I have had enough of London. We’re moving out. I was just coming along to pack my last things up and settle up with the landlord. Just thought I’d pop in the café for a quick bite to eat first.’

Danny stared at her uncomprehendingly.

‘You can have our place,’ Suzie said cheerfully with a big grin and a shrug of the shoulders. ‘It’s perfect.’

‘But I’m on the dole,’ Danny pointed out. ‘And that will take a while coming through,’ he added ruefully. ‘I don’t have the money for a deposit or rent.’

‘It’s only a little two room bedsit,’ Suzie said with a chuckle. ‘Only six pounds a week and ten bob for the electricity meter.’

Danny stared blankly at her. That was cheap by any standards. He could afford that. And the electricity?

‘The meter’s broken,’ Suzie chuckled. ‘Mr Rose is a sweet old thing. Rather than spend out on replacing the meter he charges ten bob. You can have the fire on all day. It’s a godsend.’ She grinned at him. ‘See Danny,’ she added gleefully, ‘you can afford that, even if you are on the dole.’

‘What about the deposit?’ Danny asked, his head spinning.

‘It’s only four weeks rent in advance,’ Suzie explained,’ and you can owe us that. Charlotte won’t mind. Her daddy’s paying for it anyway. He’s glad to have her home. They’re rich. He won’t even miss the money. See! It’s perfect! You can move in today. Right now. It could not be better.’

Danny was bewildered. It sounded too good to be true. Manna did not really drop from heaven, or at least not in Danny’s world. Perhaps there was such a thing as destiny after all. He felt his spirits rise as a world of possibility opened before him.

‘You might have to play it a bit carefully,’ Suzie said cautiously, an element of doubt creeping in to her voice. Danny’s ears pricked up. There was always a catch. He felt his heart sink. ‘Mr Rose is a stickler for rules,’ she explained, eyeing Danny’s long waist-length hair. ‘He’s really nice but a bit old-fashioned and set in his ways.’

Danny felt as crestfallen as a young child whose birthday party had just been cancelled. What was offered was now being taken back. It was what he had become used to. That was the way of the world.

‘He won’t have any pets, babies or,’ and Suzie paused here and looked pained, glancing at Danny’s long hair and brightly coloured clothes, ‘hippies.’

That was it then. While Danny did not consider himself a hippie, as such, there was no doubt that to the untutored eye his waist length hair, patched, flared jeans and colourful tunic might superficially suggest otherwise. Danny had no doubt that Mr Rose would see him as a hippie and that was all there was to it. The door slammed shut with a bang. A look of resignation came over him. He was used to it.

‘So we’ll have to get in through the backdoor.’ Suzy muttered thoughtfully.

Danny frowned. Did Suzy have a scheme? The spark of a glimmer was igniting once more.

‘You move in,’ Suzie suggested, beaming at him. ‘I’ll tell him you’re a friend who’s visiting for a week or two. You go and pay the rent and get to know him. He’s a real sweetie. Then, when he’s got to know you, you change the tenancy over.’

Suzie could see that Danny was looking dubious. It did not sound a very convincing plan. But on the plus side it might just provide him with a week or two of grace. That would be sufficient to get his head together.

‘It’s alright,’ she chuckled, ‘he’s a lovely old thing but he’s got a terrible memory. When he’s got used to you – just point out that he’s still got the book in our names and get him to change it over. If you play it right and choose your moment he’ll think he just forgot to change the name.’

Danny did not look persuaded.

‘Don’t worry,’ Suzie chuckled, with a reassuring pat on Danny’s hand ‘It’ll be fine.’

By the time they were through in the café it was a done deal. Danny had a place to stay. At least temporarily; until Mr Rose threw him out. But at least tonight was sorted.

The gloom had lifted a little.

This book took fifty years in the making.

NOW AVAILABLE!!   Only £2.06 to buy!

My new novel – Danny’s Story – is now available in the Amazon stores on Kindle!

Kindle Edition
£0.00
Subscribers read for £0.00 £2.06 to buy                         

The link in the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dannys-Story-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B01G98Q4LK/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464463711&sr=1-2&keywords=opher+Danny%27s

The link in the USA:

Kindle
$2.99
Read with Our Free App                                                                           

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For the princely sum of just  –

Paperback
£6.86
1 New from £6.86                                  You could own the new Opher Goodwin classic.

Here’s the links:

In the UK –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dannys-Story-Opher-Goodwin/dp/1533487219/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464464961&sr=1-1&keywords=Opher+Danny%27s

In the USA –

Paperback
$9.98
4 New from $9.08                                       

http://www.amazon.com/Dannys-Story-Opher-Goodwin/dp/1533487219/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464464540&sr=1-1&keywords=opher+goodwin

Featured Book – Danny’s Story – A Sixties Epic of a Block of Flats and an Alternative life.

Featured Book – Danny’s Story – The Blurb

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This is Danny’s story and how he stumbled upon a place to live and friendships that saved his life. This is the story of a house that became a home. It is the story of an assortment of desperate people who were all lost and some became found. It is a real story of how people who are worthless and have no respect for themselves came to form a community. It is a story that tells us that there is a reason for everything; that chance works in strange ways and that often salvation appears out of the strangest circumstance. This is the story of Danny Champion.

This book took fifty years in the making.

NOW AVAILABLE!!   Only £2.06 to buy!

My new novel – Danny’s Story – is now available in the Amazon stores on Kindle!

Kindle Edition
£0.00
Subscribers read for £0.00 £2.06 to buy                         

The link in the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dannys-Story-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B01G98Q4LK/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464463711&sr=1-2&keywords=opher+Danny%27s

The link in the USA:

Kindle
$2.99
Read with Our Free App                                                                           

https://www.amazon.com/Dannys-Story-Opher-Goodwin-ebook/dp/B01G98Q4LK?ie=UTF8&keywords=opher%20goodwin&qid=1464464540&ref_=sr_1_3&s=books&sr=1-3

For the princely sum of just  –

Paperback
£6.86
1 New from £6.86                                  You could own the new Opher Goodwin classic.

Here’s the links:

In the UK –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dannys-Story-Opher-Goodwin/dp/1533487219/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464464961&sr=1-1&keywords=Opher+Danny%27s

In the USA –

Paperback
$9.98
4 New from $9.08                                       

http://www.amazon.com/Dannys-Story-Opher-Goodwin/dp/1533487219/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464464540&sr=1-1&keywords=opher+goodwin

Danny’s Story – Chapter 1 – An Indie book about the sixties

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Chapter 1 – How Danny Champion stumbled upon the House

Life was not going well for Danny Champion. Even given the vagaries of recent events you could say he was having a bad day. The final bust-up with Cheryl had left him bruised, deflated and defeated. His exasperated explosive fit of temper at work, culminating in his resignation, had been the final trigger that caused Cheryl to call it a day. She regarded him as a hopeless case who would amount to nothing. Then, following a blazing row, she had thrown him out.

Not that Danny felt aggrieved. He couldn’t blame her. She was right. He was a fool. The rules he wanted to live by did not fit with the world as it was. He’d thrown in his Master’s degree along with that job and now had no career prospects. Worst of all – he had not discussed it with Cheryl. He was truly a waste of space. She thought he had behaved like a spoilt child throwing his dummy out. The worst thing about it was that he had.

In one single moment of pent up frustration Danny had given up his job, his dreams, hopes and even the will to live, and had neither ideas, plans nor even a hint of where to stay tonight. He had been sucked into a void. His life had blown up in his face and he no longer cared. And the strange thing was that he did not regret it – not in the least. It just left him feeling lost and miserable. But even if he could go back he wouldn’t. He was fed up with living a lie. He knew he had to make a break with it. Except it had jettisoned him into nowhere.

Danny sat in the café morosely nursing a mug of tea, with a hold-all sitting at his feet containing all the possessions he could carry – mainly changes of clothes, a clutch of essential albums and a sleeping bag. Everything else was at Cheryl’s. Following their row he’d chucked everything into the bag and walked away. There was no way back; it had been brewing for a long time.  In his heart was an emptiness that was darker than the vacuum of space. He did not even know why he was here. He felt like an ephemeral ghost. He was no longer real. But at least he was free of it all.

Danny swirled the tea around in his mug and idly watched the creamy brown liquid as it formed its whirlpool, and the bubbles whirled round the sides, caught and skidded off the porcelain. His mind was utterly vacant.

He’d been here hours. He knew he would have to move soon, get up from this table, leave the warmth and go out into the elements, but had nowhere to go. He was putting it off. He let his mind contemplate the options, and morbidly observed the workings of his mind as if from afar. All the limpid grey matter could manage was a series of temporary floors or couches. None of the choices were at all appealing; none filled him with the slightest enthusiasm. But then going back to beg Cheryl for another chance was simply not an alternative. That was over. That was the one thing he was sure of. He’d sleep rough rather than do that. The only thing worse than going back to Cheryl’s was going home to his parents’ house. That was a nightmare not worth even considering. He could not stomach the prospect of all that gloating, wheedling and nagging. He’d rather face life on the streets. As far as his parents were concerned he was throwing his life away. He’d wasted his opportunities, gone off the rails and was now paying the price. They wanted him to straighten up, dress right, do right, and make his way in the world. They’d been full of warnings about his lifestyle and appearance. They were fond of telling him about the ‘real world’. He’d rather die than prove them right.

‘Are you alright Danny?’ Suzie asked with an uncertain smile. She slid into the seat opposite him. ‘You’re looking glum.’

Danny looked up at her dolefully. Suzie was petite, very slim, fair-haired and attractive and had always had the hots for Danny. Her mini-skirt always showed off her perfect legs and her blouse was open sufficiently to tantalise. Her hair was close cropped which suited her impish features and snub nose. She was immaculate in every way. It was a shame that she did not appeal to him. Danny thought she was too much of the little office girl. Everything about her was too trim, prim and proper. Not a hair out of place. Definitely not Danny’s type. They belonged to different worlds. But, none-the-less, they were friends.

‘That’s because I’m feeling glum,’ Danny replied grumpily.

Over the next two hours, and two cups of tea plus a full-blown English breakfast, courtesy of Suzie, the whole story came out.

Danny was destitute, without a home, no relationship and no future. The more it poured out of Danny the gloomier he became. There was no way forward. It looked hopeless.

The more depressed Danny became the more bubbly Suzie grew. By the time he had finished his tale of woe she was so effervescent that she could hardly contain herself. She had the answer to his problem. That put her in the driving seat.

‘You’re in luck, Danny,’ she exclaimed. ‘Charlotte and I have had enough of London. We’re moving out. I was just coming along to pack my last things up and settle up with the landlord. Just thought I’d pop in the café for a quick bite to eat first.’

Danny stared at her uncomprehendingly.

‘You can have our place,’ Suzie said cheerfully with a big grin and a shrug of the shoulders. ‘It’s perfect.’

‘But I’m on the dole,’ Danny pointed out. ‘And that will take a while coming through,’ he added ruefully. ‘I don’t have the money for a deposit or rent.’

‘It’s only a little two room bedsit,’ Suzie said with a chuckle. ‘Only six pounds a week and ten bob for the electricity meter.’

Danny stared blankly at her. That was cheap by any standards. He could afford that. And the electricity?

‘The meter’s broken,’ Suzie chuckled. ‘Mr Rose is a sweet old thing. Rather than spend out on replacing the meter he charges ten bob. You can have the fire on all day. It’s a godsend.’ She grinned at him. ‘See Danny,’ she added gleefully, ‘you can afford that, even if you are on the dole.’

‘What about the deposit?’ Danny asked, his head spinning.

‘It’s only four weeks rent in advance,’ Suzie explained,’ and you can owe us that. Charlotte won’t mind. Her daddy’s paying for it anyway. He’s glad to have her home. They’re rich. He won’t even miss the money. See! It’s perfect! You can move in today. Right now. It could not be better.’

Danny was bewildered. It sounded too good to be true. Manna did not really drop from heaven, or at least not in Danny’s world. Perhaps there was such a thing as destiny after all. He felt his spirits rise as a world of possibility opened before him.

‘You might have to play it a bit carefully,’ Suzie said cautiously, an element of doubt creeping in to her voice. Danny’s ears pricked up. There was always a catch. He felt his heart sink. ‘Mr Rose is a stickler for rules,’ she explained, eyeing Danny’s long waist-length hair. ‘He’s really nice but a bit old-fashioned and set in his ways.’

Danny felt as crestfallen as a young child whose birthday party had just been cancelled. What was offered was now being taken back. It was what he had become used to. That was the way of the world.

‘He won’t have any pets, babies or,’ and Suzie paused here and looked pained, glancing at Danny’s long hair and brightly coloured clothes, ‘hippies.’

That was it then. While Danny did not consider himself a hippie, as such, there was no doubt that to the untutored eye his waist length hair, patched, flared jeans and colourful tunic might superficially suggest otherwise. Danny had no doubt that Mr Rose would see him as a hippie and that was all there was to it. The door slammed shut with a bang. A look of resignation came over him. He was used to it.

‘So we’ll have to get in through the backdoor.’ Suzy muttered thoughtfully.

Danny frowned. Did Suzy have a scheme? The spark of a glimmer was igniting once more.

‘You move in,’ Suzie suggested, beaming at him. ‘I’ll tell him you’re a friend who’s visiting for a week or two. You go and pay the rent and get to know him. He’s a real sweetie. Then, when he’s got to know you, you change the tenancy over.’

Suzie could see that Danny was looking dubious. It did not sound a very convincing plan. But on the plus side it might just provide him with a week or two of grace. That would be sufficient to get his head together.

‘It’s alright,’ she chuckled, ‘he’s a lovely old thing but he’s got a terrible memory. When he’s got used to you – just point out that he’s still got the book in our names and get him to change it over. If you play it right and choose your moment he’ll think he just forgot to change the name.’

Danny did not look persuaded.

‘Don’t worry,’ Suzie chuckled, with a reassuring pat on Danny’s hand ‘It’ll be fine.’

By the time they were through in the café it was a done deal. Danny had a place to stay. At least temporarily; until Mr Rose threw him out. But at least tonight was sorted.

The gloom had lifted a little.

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Danny’s Story – A novel about an old block of flats in London in the early seventies – Introduction

I lived in this old house in London. It had been made into a series of tiny flats and was bursting with characters. I made good friends and had great times. It formed the basis of this book.

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Introduction

This is Danny’s story and how he stumbled upon a place to live and friendships that saved his life. This is the story of a house that became a home. It is the story of an assortment of desperate people who were all lost and some became found. It is a real story of how people who are worthless and have no respect for themselves came to form a community. It is a story that tells us that there is a reason for everything; that chance works in strange ways and that often salvation appears out of the strangest circumstance.

This is the story of Danny Champion.

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Featured book – Danny’s Story – A story from the sixties of a house of characters.

Featured Book – Danny’s Story – The Blurb

This is another attempt to interest you in a story from the sixties. It is a novel about a house I lived in for a number of years. I had to changed the characters and create a story but the setting is real. I think it captures the essence of both those great times and the characters who were part of it. Although none of the novel is real – in a sense it all is. This is a fast paced, easy to read novel that has it all – love, sex, drugs, relationships, violence and life as a bunch of disparate people try to find their way through the world they find themselves inhabiting – a world Danny stumbles into.

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This is Danny’s story and how he stumbled upon a place to live and friendships that saved his life. This is the story of a house that became a home. It is the story of an assortment of desperate people who were all lost and some became found. It is a real story of how people who are worthless and have no respect for themselves came to form a community. It is a story that tells us that there is a reason for everything; that chance works in strange ways and that often salvation appears out of the strangest circumstance. This is the story of Danny Champion.

This book took fifty years in the making.

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Featured Book – Danny’s Story – the new novel – A story of Sixties bedsit land in London.

Entertaining, fun and insightful. Captures the magic.

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Well this is the book of real life in a big old house in Manor House at the tail-end of the sixties. All the sex, drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll and violence. All the love, fun, music and romance. The story of a young man, an old man and a magic garden.

As the optimism of the sixties waned and the idealism drifted towards pragmatism a house full of people had to find a way forward.

This book took fifty years in the making.

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