There's No Pride in Prejudice

By Tony Whelpton

Literary fiction, Historical fiction, General fiction | Paperback, Hardback, eBook


The first thing to say about this book is that it has absolutely nothing to do with Jane Austen! The title comes from a statement the main character makes, expressing an idea which he adopts as his motto throughout his distinguished life. This character is Billy Frecknall, the little boy we first met in the highly popular Billy’s War. He is already approaching his twenties when we meet him again in There’s No Pride In Prejudice; upright, honest and bold as ever, he is, however, perhaps a little on the naïve side - at least to begin with. While studying in Paris, however, he forms a romantic attachment with Sarah, a French girl with a Jewish background; when he hears the story of her Second World War childhood, and witnesses the anti-semitism which is still prevalent in France more than ten years after the end of the Nazi occupation, his eyes begin to be opened. A few years later, in the USA, he experiences the effects of racial discrimination and the operation of the ‘Jim Crow’ laws, when he falls in love with Susannah, a black girl with a beautiful voice, who is destined, like Billy, to become an international opera star. From that point on, he determines to make the most of his growing fame and influence, and devote his life to fighting prejudice and discrimination of every kind and wherever it occurs. Despite its serious theme and its occasional dark moments, There’s No Pride In Prejudice is a story full of fun and hope, suggesting that, with a determined effort, the opening statement of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’ – with which Tony Whelpton’s novel is prefaced – may yet become reality.


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The first thing to say about this book is that it has absolutely nothing to do with Jane Austen! The title comes from a statement the main character makes, expressing an idea which he adopts as his motto throughout his distinguished life. This character is Billy Frecknall, the little boy we first met in the highly popular Billy’s War. He is already approaching his twenties when we meet him again in There’s No Pride In Prejudice; upright, honest and bold as ever, he is, however, perhaps a little on the naïve side - at least to begin with. While studying in Paris, however, he forms a romantic attachment with Sarah, a French girl with a Jewish background; when he hears the story of her Second World War childhood, and witnesses the anti-semitism which is still prevalent in France more than ten...


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Tony Whelpton is now 84, has published five novels in the last five years and is currently working on a sixth! For many years a university lecturer in French language and literature, he became a best-selling author of school and college textbooks in 1979. Now the author of compelling and highly readable novels, he feels he has at last discovered his genuine writing 'voice' and intends to continue as long as he can!




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