The Lowlife

The Lowlife

Alexander Baron

Thriller / Business / Young Adult

Harryboy is lowlife, scum. Trouble starts for him when the Deaners move into his boarding house. Quicker than he can place a bet on a dog, Harryboy finds himself the admired hero and evil genius of the family, particularly for the child Gregory. But Harryboy is also the victim of a secret guilt of his own, something unknown even to his doting sister. The complications resulting from this involve him and the Deaners in even deeper trouble and culminate in a thrilling chase when Harryboy's luck threatens to desert him.
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There's No Home

There's No Home

Alexander Baron

Thriller / Business / Young Adult

It’s 1943. The allied invasion of Sicily. In a lull in the fighting, a British battalion march through the summer heat into the bombed-out city of Catania, to be greeted by the women, children and old men who remain there. Yearning for some semblance of home life, the men begin to fill the roles left by absent husbands and fathers. Unlikely relationships form; tender, exploitative even cruel, and each doomed to end when the battalion moves on. Many lives interleave in There’s No Home but at its heart is the love that develops between Graziella, a bright young mother, and Sergeant Craddock, whose faltering Italian and rough attempts at seduction mask a deeper sympathy. In this sensitive and authentic portrayal of men and women thrown together by chance and conflict, Baron offers us a rare insight into the emotional impact of war.
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Rosie Hogarth

Rosie Hogarth

Alexander Baron

Thriller / Business / Young Adult

In the spring of 1949, Jack Agass belatedly returns from the war to the working class street in Islington where he grew up. A proud, supportive community with a pub and a barber shop, and a common love of The Arsenal. But the street has changed. Jack eventually finds his footing but he's haunted by a yearning for his old childhood friend, Rosie Hogarth, and for the pre-war security and certainties she represents. Rosie has moved out and up—living bohemian-style in Bloomsbury. He thinks she's selling sex, but it turns out her motive is political.
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King Dido

King Dido

Alexander Baron

Thriller / Business / Young Adult

1911, London. The police collaborate with racketeers to keep an uneasy peace, periodically broken by violent gang wars. Dido Peach comes to prominence by breaking the unwritten rules of the street. For a brief time, he rules the underworld. His fall is spectacular, shaking even the callous and vicious neighbourhood in which he is trapped.
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