On September 30th, Jill Turner's book, 'The Children of Albion' goes on general release. If you haven't come across this incredibly thought-provoking tale of children living on an English 'Sink Estate' then let us introduce it to you, and share with you what some critics and fellow authors are saying of Jill's work.
“Jill has a very perceptive way of telling a story and a wonderful ear for dialogue. Her writing combines humour, warmth and a strong understanding of character.”
John Boyne: Author of 'The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas'
“The juvenile underclass is one of the big issues on the political and public agenda. This is an thoughtful, insightful and intelligent overview by someone who knows what they are talking about.”
Simon Walters, Political Editor Mail on Sunday
“Jill has written a sharp, dark novel of survival and belonging that brings to mind the social conscience of Dickens and the gritty ambivalence of urban life. It carries gratifyingly complex themes of nationality, individuality, civilisation, patriotism and friendship.”
Kevin MacNeil, novelist and poet;
In post-millennial England, the next generation are falling through the gaps of a very broken society. In the wasteland of a English sink-estate, where the adults are lost to drink, drugs, poverty and destructive relationships, the next generation run ferral, surviving day to day by any means possible.
Starved of food, love and affection, the children face a bleak future following in the crime-riddled footsteps of their parents, and their parents’ parents before them.
However, when the middle-class dreamer, drop-out, and revolutionary teen, Albion makes camp in one of the derelict houses, an unlikely friendship is struck between him and Robbie, a boy born of the estate who desperately longs for things to be different.
With dreams of establishing a modern-day Camelot, and refuge for those children let down by society, Albie and Robbie attempt to create a new and better world, but they soon discover the weight of a crown is a very heavy burden to bear, and the legacy of the last generation is a terrifying and consuming beast.
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