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The Boy From Brighton

She didn’t start crying until the curlers hit the street. The suitcase popped open as we ran, and out came the curlers first—spiky, plastic rolls of blue and pink—bouncing across the street in the dead of night. Rolling into the gutter. Bouncing toward the stormwater drain. My mother dropped to her knees, tearing her stockings, trying desperately to scoop up the runaway curlers. God knows why! All I knew was I needed to help her. We needed to catch those curlers, me and my mum.

Yes sir, that was our grand getaway.

Our daring escape.

Our do-or-die moment.

We were leaving. We were finally leaving. And after what that bastard had taken from us, after what he’d done to my mother, we weren’t leaving with much. But by God, what we had was coming with us.

Including every last bloody curler.

“Get it, Charlie!” my mum cried. “There!”

I dived onto the street and reached for a pink curler about to drop into the drain. My glasses slid down my nose but my fingers caught the curler before it fell into the stormwater to embark on its own great adventure out to sea.

“Good boy! Good boy, Charlie!”

My mother was so pleased with me her tears stopped for a second.

Then the yelling started up behind us again. A light came on and George came stumbling down the stairs of the block of flats shouting at us, ordering us to come back, telling us if we didn’t come back he’d kill us.

Lights appeared in the windows of neighbouring flats.

Faces peered through curtains like a game of peek-a-boo.

George made it two steps onto the path and waved a fist at us. I could see the bruises coming up on his knuckles already from where his fist had connected with Mum’s face. For a moment I thought he had it in him to come after us, but then he swayed to the left and the booze dragged him into a dead rose bush.

My mother shoved the curlers into the suitcase and snapped the locks shut and grabbed my hand.

“Don’t look back,” she whispered.

Geoffrey Knight,

Seven-year-old Charlie thinks he is invincible. He is convinced he has a clock for a heart, which makes it impossible for him to die or feel the sort of heartache his mother always feels every time she and Charlie must flee another abusive loser who doesn’t deserve a woman like Charlie’s mum.

But yet again Charlie and his mum find themselves at Aunty June’s in Brighton on the south coast of England. And while Charlie’s mum seeks refuge, Charlie himself lets his curiosity get the better of him in his latest attempt to prove his own immortality.

That’s when he meets him. The boy who saves Charlie’s life. The boy from Brighton.

Release date: 15 April 2013

ISBN: 978-1-925031-02-7

Category: Gay Mainstream, Geoffrey Knight,

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Number of words: 12,000 words

Formats available: e-book only

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