Gang Territory

By Peter St John

Historical fiction, Young adult | Paperback, eBook


In the war-torn autumn of 1940, as Britain faces the imminent threat of invasion, a young lad, bombed out from a London orphanage, arrives in the English village of Widdlington to live with his pious spinster aunt. He hopes to find a peaceful haven, but instead becomes embroiled in conflict with local gangs of children. Each gang has its own territory, customs and taboos. There's also the school bully, nicknamed "The Slug". The newcomer must either fight "The Slug" or submit to his tyranny. The young evacuee has already suffered from the London air-raids. In Widdlington, he struggles to find acceptance, but his aunt is not the easiest person to live with. A sense of belonging may be within reach as he falls in love for the first time. Can this tender relationship survive gang turmoil and his aunt's opposition? This exciting and nostalgic story of conflict, relationships and young love is set against the backdrop of social change during the Second World War.


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In the war-torn autumn of 1940, as Britain faces the imminent threat of invasion, a young lad, bombed out from a London orphanage, arrives in the English village of Widdlington to live with his pious spinster aunt. He hopes to find a peaceful haven, but instead becomes embroiled in conflict with local gangs of children. Each gang has its own territory, customs and taboos. There's also the school bully, nicknamed "The Slug". The newcomer must either fight "The Slug" or submit to his tyranny. The young evacuee has already suffered from the London air-raids. In Widdlington, he struggles to find acceptance, but his aunt is not the easiest person to live with. A sense of belonging may be within reach as he falls in love for the first time. Can this tender relationship survive gang turmoil and h...


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A much-travelled great-grandfather who enjoys writing about life in an English village during World War II, from a child's point of view.




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