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The TOFF

The setting is Victorian London in the 1890’s and centres round a gang of petty criminals of which the Toff is a member. ‘The Toff’ whose real name is Jack Stevens is the main character of the story, he is called ‘The Toff’ because of his stylish attire. He is always accompanied by his cat ‘Amber.’ The leader of the gang Joseph Binn, is invited by two mysterious strangers to join in a daring robbery.

The story now shifts to the offices of government. The Prime Minister is faced with a problem, his Home Secretary is angry with the Foreign Secretary who continually interferes in the Home Secretary’s departmental matters. The Prime Minister forbids anymore interference by the Foreign Secretary into other departments.

The Foreign Secretary is approached by a mysterious stranger in the case of an innocent man facing the gallows. If he helps save the condemned man, the stranger will give him details of a big robbery. The execution is delayed with the intervention of the Foreign Secretary.

Only with luck is the Toff led to stumble onto the true significance of the robbery and it’s far more sinister intent. The foul plot is foiled and in the end Binn, the Toff and the rest of the gang are justly rewarded for their efforts.

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A Haddington Manifestation

A Haddington Manifestation is a humorous work of fiction set in England during the 1890s and centres around the character of Lord Haddington who suffers from a terrible affliction of great clumsiness so much so that he is known in the area as ‘Lord Clumsy.’ Haddington has been seeking his long lost grandson for some time and now he has two claimants as guests in his house. All the characters have to endure a great deal of trials and tribulations before reaching a happy ending.

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The Worst Day

The story is set in France, 1917, during the first World War. It is loosely based on the Battle of Verdun. It begins at the height of a battle in which the French troops are in headlong retreat after abandoning an important fortified position, the loss is due to the incompetence of the commanding officer. Those who had pushed vigorously for his promotion against the advice of a great many who had questioned his abilities knew that unless they could somehow justify the loss their political and military careers were finished. The General who had the most to lose devised a simple scheme, he would order an inquiry be held with a report issued at the end of the investigation showing that the position was lost to the enemy due to spies an traitors within the ranks of the French themselves. To give the appearance that the inquiry was above board and completely independent he decided to give the responsibility of conducting the inquiry to one of the most hated men in France. Major Henri Epave had been a journalist before the war and had wielded a slashing poisoned pen attacking the church, politicians and especially the military. Surely he would render a truthful verdict. But the General had a way of controlling even Epave’s final report.