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Changing Patterns [Format Kindle]

Judith Barrow
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In May 1950, Britain is struggling with the hardships of rationing and the aftermath of the SecondWorldWar. Peter Schormann, a German ex-prisoner of war, has left his home country to be with Mary Howarth, matron of a small hospital in Wales. The two met when Mary was a nurse at the POW camp hospital. They intend to marry, but the memory of Frank Shuttleworth, an ex-boyfriend of Mary’s, continues to haunt them and there are many obstacles in the way of their happiness, not the least of which is Mary’s troubled family. When tragedy strikes, Mary hopes it will unite her siblings, but it is only when a child disappears that the whole family pulls together to save one of their own from a common enemy.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 777 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 310 pages
  • Editeur : Honno Press (17 mai 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00B0STM2I
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Judith Barrow,originally from Saddleworth, near Oldham,has lived in Pembrokeshire, Wales, for thirty four years.
She has BA (Hons) in Literature with the Open University, a Diploma in Drama from Swansea University and a MA in Creative Writing with Trinity College, Carmarthen. She has had short stories, plays, reviews and articles, published throughout the British Isles and has won several poetry competitions. She has completed three children's books.
She is also a Creative Writing tutor.

She says:-

My latest book, my first eBook, is Silent Trauma. Silent Trauma is the result of years of research, and the need to tell the story in a way that readers will engage with the truth behind the drug Stilboestrol. So I had the idea of intertwining this main theme around and through the lives of four fictional characters, four women, all affected throughout their lives by the damage the drug has done to them. Their stories underpin all the harm the drug has done to so many women all over the world. The story is fictional, the facts are real.





Pattern of Shadows was inspired by my research into Glen Mill, a disused cotton mill in Oldham, Lancashire, and its history of being the first German POW camp in the country.

I was researching for an earlier book in the Local Studies and Archives in Oldham, while staying in the area, but reading about the mill brought back a personal memory of my childhood and I was sidetracked.

My mother was a winder in a cotton mill and, well before the days of Health and Safety, I would go to wait for her to finish work on my way home from school.

I remember the muffled boom and then the sudden clatter of so many different machines as I stepped through the small door, the sound of women singing and shouting above the noise, the colours of the cotton and cloth - so bright and intricate.

Above all I remember the smell: of oil, grease - and in the storage area. the lovely smell of the new material stored in bales.

When I thought about Glen Mill I wondered what life would have been like for all those men imprisoned there. I realised how different their days must have been from my memories of a mill and I knew I wanted to write about that.

So started 18 months of research


Book review by Steve Dube, Western Mail Jul 10 2010

Pattern of Shadows Judith Barrow (Honno)
It's Manchester and World War Two is drawing to a close. There's a war on, but it's not just the enemy who are the cads and bounders in Barrow's debut novel.
Her heroine, Mary Howarth, is a 22-year-old nurse in a prisoner of war camp for German soldiers; her beautiful sister Ellen, 18, is up for good times when she finishes work in the munitions factory. Their father Bill is a drunken tyrant and a bully who beats their mother. He was gassed in Wold War One and suffers coughing fits when he smokes.
This is the world of gasmasks in the rain, gravy browning on legs, girdles, chenille table cloths, linoleum, outside toilets, and Clarke Gable and Vivien Leigh at the pictures.
Barrow beautifully evokes those raw and edgy days with this well-paced, gritty love story that draws in some of the issues of the time including family, sexual and labour relationships, unmarried mothers-to-be, censorship, pacifism in a time of war and fraternisation with the enemy.
Lancashire-born Barrow has lived in Pembrokeshire for the past 30 years and has published poetry, short stories and children's novels as well as a play performed at Swansea's Dylan Thomas Centre.
This is her first adult novel and it continues Honno's record of publishing women's works not just because they are by women, but because they are good.


Lancashire Evening Post - Pattern of Shadows Review By Pam Norfolk
Published on Mon Jul 05 07:00:21 BST 2010
The grit, the grind and the grim realities of wartime Lancashire provide the backdrop for a gripping debut novel.It is a dark tale of bigotry, lies, betrayal and loss of innocence...but also one of renewal, loyalty and trust.
In March 1944, the war is taking its toll on 22-year-old nursing sister Mary Howarth - rows are tearing her family apart, air raids are hitting nearby Manchester and the darkness of the blackout is smothering her.
Her younger sister Ellen says she should be having a good time while she can, but her job at a prison camp for the housing and treatment of German POWs, rewarding as it is, leaves little time for pleasure.
And there is the added worry of her much-loved brother Tom who is suffering the indignity of imprisonment at Wormwood Scrubs where he is reviled as a Conscientious Objector.
Mary feels trapped by her responsibilities at home and is tired of hearing from everyone that she is 'married to her job'.
So when Frank Shuttleworth, a guard at the camp, turns up at the Howarth house and reveals that he has been watching Mary for weeks with an eye to walking out with her, she is more than a little flattered.
Frank, a southerner who claims he was invalided out of the army after being injured at Dunkirk, is a good-looking man alright and, for the first time in years, she starts to feel alive. But there's something about Frank that she doesn't understand and doesn't like...
He detests her nursing 'Huns' even though to Mary, 'patients are patients whoever they are', and his simmering aggression starts to drive a wedge between them.
When violence finally erupts and Mary gives him his marching orders, Frank is not the kind of man to take no for an answer.
'You'll not get rid of me that easily,' he warns.
And when he discovers that Mary is about to embark on an affair with Peter Schormann, a German doctor at the POW camp, Frank determines to exact a deadly revenge...
Barrow's thoughtful and atmospheric novel shines a light on the shadowy corners of family life and strife, as well as exploring human concepts like friendship, love and respect.
A well-written and very wise first novel...
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Très bon livre 6 octobre 2013
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Je ne connaissais pas cette écrivain et je dois dire que j'ai été agréablement surprise de la trame de l'histoire, qui reflète une partie de la vie des anglais durant la guerre - Je lis maintenant "The sun will shine tomorrow", que j'avais acheté sans me rendre compte qu'il s'agissait de la suite de Changing patterns. J'aime autant ce 2e livre
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A terrific read of ordinary lives set in post-World War II Britain 22 février 2014
Par Debbie Young - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Having enjoyed the first book in the series, Pattern of Shadows, I was pleased to discover there was a sequel, which I enjoyed for many reasons:

- clearly depicted characters
- interesting moral dilemmas specific to their era
- well written text
- stories of several very different couples weaving in and out of each other
- vivid depiction of the early 1950s, with endless details fitting comfortably into the narrative
- stark contrast to the lot of modern women (for which I am extremely grateful!)
- pleasing structure with lots of short chapters ending at key moments, breaking up the drama and tension to make them easier to absorb

Judith Barrow is an excellent storyteller, gritty and realistic yet compassionate and caring. She doesn't shirk from depicting hard facts about troubled lives, but also sets them in a hopeful context. There were some real nail-biting moments in this drama, and there were a few passages that made for anguished reading, but it adds up to a satisfying story that will stay with the reader long after the final page. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A true period drama 2 mars 2014
Par Charles Bray - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was a child living through the austere times of the 1950s in Britain, and have vivid memories of the backcloth of my life at that time.

Judith Barrow is so skilled at describing setting, that I felt transported back in time and found the experience a total escape from present day reality.

Judith is a complete wordsmith and her plot immerses you in troubled times, but always with a glimmer of light at the end of the trouble.

A very enjoyable read by a very skilful author
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ties up the loose ends nicely 13 octobre 2013
Par Seren - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Judith Barrow is the mistress of the family saga.
Having read Pattern of Shadows I was keen to find out what happened to the complex characters set up by the previous book. It was a richly satisfying experience to have all the loose ends tied up in 'Changing Patterns'. Love abounds but there is no soppy romanticism. This is real love, warts and all, amongst working class families. There are no grown ups, no-one knows all the answers to the dramas that confront them. Everyone finds their own way through betrayals, terror and abduction. Everyone is believable in this gritty, down to earth story. Recommended reading if you want to become totally involved in lives you can relate to.
Judith also excels in the atmosphere of the period after the second world war. Rationing still competes with money for currency, the lavatories are still outdoors with scratcy Izal toilet paper; babies are exchanged without social workers filling in a ream of forms, tin baths still have scum around their edges and you can smell the cigarette smoke and the drains. Through it all the compassionate humanity of people struggling to cope shines through and this is ultimately an extremely uplifting story with a feel good finale full of hope and optimism for a different, brighter future which beautifully encapsulates the spirit of the fifties.
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