When a baby is set alight by some rowdy youths, Shelley knows that her son Joey was there. When the police arrive to take him she has to endure the hostility of the neighbourhood, before escaping to the apparent refuge of the Bolton's remote Dartmoor farm. But is the farm as safe as it appears?
At once, she knew who had burned the baby helley, mother of various children by different fathers, loves all her kids with a fierce passion. But Joey, her eldest, has always been a bit of a problem. She has defended him when the school complains about his behaviour; made excuses for him when he has been rude or bullying or seemingly out of control. But an eight -week old baby in a pram, set alight by some rowdy youths - surely her Joey couldn't be involved in that? In her heart she knows - knows that he had been there, although he protested his innocence - and when the police arrive and take him away to be questioned, she has to endure the primitive hostility of a neighbourhood outraged by the death of an innocent little child. helley has to take her other children to a place of safety, and the authorities put her in touch with the Boltons, a kindly farming couple who take in problem families and work miracles on them. On their remote Dartmoor farm Shelley and her kids find a refuge - fresh air, wholesome food, and a discipline which they have never known before. The children seem calmer, happier. But many families have come to the Boltons' farm, and not all of them have left
Gillian White is a former journalist who comes from Liverpool and now lives in Devon, with her husband and two dogs. She has written sixteen novels, several of which have been successfully adapted for television, and The Sleeper has recently been shown on BBC television with an all-star cast.
Refuge by Gillian White
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