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October 27, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 62

...The time was right. "Will you marry me, Miriam?" he asked.

"With all my heart," she whispered, searching for his lips...

John Waddington-Feather concludes his wonderfully satisying trilogy of novels about the fortunes and misfortunes of the Illingworths, a Yorkshire dynasty.

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October 20, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 61

Miriam informs her parents that she still loves John Greenwood.


John Waddington-Feather's
marvelously readable trilogy concerning the Illingworth family moves towards a conclusion.

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October 13, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 60

..."Lift me. Lift me, Johnnie. Let me see out. Just once more," she gasped.
She couldn't see out of the window from her bed, so wrapping her in the coverlet, he took her in his arms and limped to the window, holding her swaddled against him to watch the sun fire the skyline over the moors. She clung to him and pulled his face to hers, smiling as she looked over the hillside, her eyes on fire with an unearthly brightness...

John Illingworth kisses Ann for the last time.

John Waddungton-Feather continues his profoundly-moving novel.

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October 06, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 59

John Illingworth and Ann go on a sad last walk.

John Waddington-Feather continues his deeply moving story of the lives and loves of a Yorkshire family.

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September 29, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 58

John Illingworth and a seriously-ill Ann pay a nostalgic visit to her old home.

John Waddington-Feather continues his saga involving a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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September 22, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 57

...John was unconscious for days. His wound became infected and for a time it looked as if he might lose his leg. When he was well enough he was flown back to England for more operations and there he met Miriam. She'd received a letter from Rebecca telling her what had happened and flew home at once...

John Waddington-Feather continues his engaging story of the Illingworth family.

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September 15, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 56

John Illingworth, parachuted into Egypt, has to fight for his life.

John Waddington-Feather continues his dramatic saga of a Yorkshire family, the Illingworths.

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September 08, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 55

...At the time she was visiting an outlying settlement when columns of tanks and lorries roared by. Earlier that day she'd had another shock watching soldiers blow up the home of an Arab farmer suspected of helping the terrorists. She knew him slightly for she'd attended his sick wife and child. As she watched helplessly she demanded of Werfel, who was supervising the demolition, what proof he had that the farmer had helped the terrorists...

Miriam finds herself caught up in turmoil in the Middle East

John Waddington-Feather continues his dramatic story.

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September 01, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 54

Miriam goes to Israel to work in a kibbutz, and there she is attracted to another man.

John Waddington-Feather continues his dramatic story of the Illingworths, a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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August 25, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 53

...John told her of their discovery only days before, how Miriam still remembered that terrible day when her parents were dragged off and she was taken away to safety by John Illingworth. How he hid her in his apartment till she could be got away on the refugee train. And Mary Calow listened in silence, glancing occasionally at the photograph of him on the wall, clearly too moved to speak...

John Waddington-Feather continues his deeply moving story which spans the lives of three generations of a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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August 18, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 52

Grimstone, Harry Clemence, Rodney Clemence...it's a time for come-uppances in John Waddington-Feather's brilliant saga about a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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August 11, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 51

John Illingworth pays a sad visit to Ann, who has less than a year to live.

John Waddington-Feather continues his enthralling story of the Illingworths, a well-to-do Yorkshire family.

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August 04, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 50

"Please come as soon as you can, my darling. I need you desperately."

John Illingworth receives desperate news from his former girlfriend Ann.

John Waddington-Feather continues his gripping account of the lives of a Yorkshire mill-owning dynasty.

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July 28, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 49

..."You're old enough to make up your own mind, I know, but you do have us to consider after all we've done for you. I've never interfered when you've brought other boy-friends here. They've always been of our faith. But this one's different. You've been brought up in your parents' faith, the only faith for you as far as we're concerned, and they'd have wanted you to marry into that faith, I'm sure."...

Miriam faces opposition to her love for John Illingworth.

John Waddington-Feather continues his gripping story of the lives of a Yorkshire mill-owning dynasty.

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July 21, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 48

Miriam discovers that she already has a link with John Illingworth.

John Waddington-Feather continues his engrossing novel about the trials and tribulations of a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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July 14, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 47

Young John Illingworth receives a cool welcome when he meets Miriam's strict and wealthy parents.

John Waddington-Feather continues his engaging story of the doings and misdoings of the Illingworths, a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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July 07, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 46

...As they sipped their drinks, they knew in their heart of hearts that Grimstone had tricked them and there was nothing they could do about it. But it all worked out for the best in the long run...

John Waddington-Feather continues his hugely entertaining story of the turbulent lives of a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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June 30, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 45

Sir Abe Illingworth's funeral is one of the biggest events in Keighworth history.

John Waddingtton-Feather continues his utterly absorbing story concerning the tangled lives of a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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June 23, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 44

...He threw the stick into the tarn. "Don't, Ann," he pleaded and pulled her closer, as she began sobbing, sobs which were breaking his own heart and tearing him apart. He held her till she'd calmed down and only the wind soughed around them, bearing the lonely cries of the gulls across the tarn....

Following the death of the head of the Illingworth dynasty, young John Illingworth and Ann go for a sad walk.

John Waddington-Feather continues his gripping novel involving the lives of a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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June 16, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 43

...Sir Abe looked very much as they'd left him except the cold mask of death was already settling on his face. He looked peaceful, as if still sleeping, with his hands now turning white folded neatly on top of the coverlet. While they stood looking on, the nurse finished tidying him up and combed his hair...

Sir Abe Illingworth, head of a Yorkshire mill-owning dynasty, passes away.

John Waddington-Feather continues his gripping family saga.

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June 09, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 42

...Johnson stood discreetly in the background, looking intently at the man he'd served all his life. Then he left tight-lipped with the nurse. When he'd gone, Ann leaned forward to kiss the dead man's brow, weeping quietly...

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June 02, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 41

...The great clock at the foot of the stairs made the only sound, fracturing the silence with monstrous ticks which seemed to count the seconds away of the life above...

The life of Sir Abe Illingworth, head of a Yorkshire mill-owning dynasty, is fast ebbing away.

John Waddington-Feather continues his unforgettable novel.

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May 26, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 40

...A brace of swans followed them near the bank, cavorting and circling, billing and rubbing their necks, ducking under the willows. Their branches and twigs splintered the sunlight, stippling the water all along the river. Everything was expectant, new, ready to begin life afresh.

The willows and river reminded them of Kenneth Grahame and his descriptions in "The Wind in the Willows", and they talked about their favourite parts. They were children again, delighting in old memories when they'd first read the book. A water rat shimmied across the river
in front of them. "There he goes!" said John pointing to it excitedly. "Old Ratty!"...

Young John Illingworth becomes good friends with Miriam Leff.

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May 19, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 39

John Illingworth is a reluctant witness at the end of Rodney Clemence's wedding.

John Waddington-Feather continues his unmissable story of the fortunes and misfortunes of the Illingworth's, a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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May 12, 2011

Chance Child, Part 2 - 38

...The stillness of Christmas hung over the town as he set off on foot for Illingworth House. Barely a car passed him on the main road and he didn't meet a soul. Everyone was indoors enjoying themselves. As he walked along, he began thinking of his very first visit to his grandfather, when he went with his heart in his mouth into a new life. He'd met Ann on that visit over ten years earlier and much had happened since...

Young John Illingworth's Christmas Day is tinged with memories and filled with sad moments.

John Waddington-Feather continues his novel concerning the affairs of a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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May 05, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 37

...Two of the men tried to stop him but he shrugged them off and continued going for John, who stood his ground and eyed Clough warily as he circled round him. Suddenly he lunged at John's face. John stood back, caught his wrist again and ducked under his arm contorting Clough's arm.,,

Paratrooper John Illingworth is well able to take care of himself when Robin Clough attacks him.

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April 28, 2011

Chance Child, Part 2 - 36

Ann learns that Harry Clemence is divorcing her mother.

John Waddington-Feather continues his gripping tale of the Illingworths, a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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April 21, 2011

Chance Child, Part 2 - 35

Young John Illingworth learns more about the oily solicitor Grimstone.

John Waddington-Feather continues his compelling novel about the fortunes and misfortunes of the Illingworths, a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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April 14, 2011

Chance Child, Part 2 - 34

John Illingworth has another sad meeting with Ann.

John Waddington-Feather continues his gripping tale concerning three generations of the Illingworths, a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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April 07, 2011

Chance Child, Part 2 - 33

John Illingworth returns home on Christmas leave from the Army to find that both Ann and her mother are ill.

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March 31, 2011

Chance Child, Part 2 - 32

Harry Clemence revels in the news that his officer son is giving John Illingworth a hard time in army training.

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March 24, 2011

Chance Child, Part 2 - 31

John Illingworth confesses his feelings of guilt at his association with Ann to a sympathetic Army padre.

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March 17, 2011

Chance Child, Part 2 - 30

...When they'd done, he asked Clemence to come and inspect their efforts and he obliged, flipping off articles of equipment with his cane onto the floor so that they had to start again. He paused at John's bed-space, looked at his boxed bedding and laid out clothes, then swept the whole lot onto the floor and ordered the corporal to make sure he did it properly...

John Illingworth goes through a hellish eight weeks of basic training in the Army.

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March 03, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 28

John Illingworth tells his grandfather that he has ended a relationship with Ann.

John Waddington-Feather continues his memorable tale of the fortunes and misfortunes of the Illingworths, a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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February 24, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 27

...Both Ann and she knew they needed each other and they needed each other more as time went on...

John Waddington-Feather continues his profoundly moving story of the lives of the Illingworths, a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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February 17, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 26

...They wandered on to the tennis court the other side of the house and sat down. By now they'd calmed down, numbed by Rosemary's confession. They felt lost and held each other tight like frightened children.

"Johnnie, Johnnie, what are we going to do?" she said at length.

"God only knows," he answered. "But one thing's certain. We can't marry."...

John and Ann realise they must pay a terrible price for their father's sins.

John Waddington-Feather continues his epic tale.

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February 10, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 25

..."I'm not gonna beat about the bush," she slurred." I've got something to tell you...both of you." Her hand was shaking as she lit a cigarette and she drew heavily on it, watching the smoke drift to the ceiling as if searching for help there. "There's something you oughter know before all this goes too far, an' it's gone far enough as it is." She glanced at Ann's engagement ring and then looked blankly at them both...

Ann Clemence and John Illingworth learn a fateful truth.

John Waddington-Feather continues his must-read saga of the fortunes and misfortunes of a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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February 03, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 24

..."A un aviateur anglais, qui tombe pour notre liberte. Squadron Leader J.A.L.Illingworth. 25 Janvier 1945."...

Young John Illingworth accidentally comes upon a memorial to his air-ace father who lost his life in aerial combat over Belgium.

John Waddington-Feather continues his must-read tale of the joys and woes of a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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January 27, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 23

...But Ann and John were in their own world. Snuggled close, he felt her warm body against his, smelt the freshness of her hair, and saw the delicate blue of her eyelids as she dozed on his shoulder. Her cheeks were high with colour at the excitement of their holiday and he let his eyes drink their fill of the tilt of her nose and the soft sweep of her chin and jaw...

Young John Illingworth and Ann Clemence delight in one another on an idyllic working holiday in France.

John Waddington-Feather continues his epic tale of the lives of a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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January 20, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 22

...Ann had arranged to meet the others in Leeds at the station, but she panicked when Rosemary said casually, "Oh, by the way, daddy's going to run you into Leeds. He's taking Rodney back off leave. You may be on the same train to London. Ask him which he's catching."

Ann's heart sank. She tried to hide her panic for John had arranged to meet her in Leeds...

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January 13, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two- 21

...John shivered. It was uncanny how that man reached into other people's lives, worming deeper and deeper into their affairs, always to his gain and their loss...

Young John Illingworth is fully aware of the deceitful nature of Grimstone the solicitor.

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January 06, 2011

Chance Child, Part Two - 20

Rosemary Clemence is shocked when she realsies how much her daughter loves ypoung John Illingworth.

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December 30, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 19

...He was staying the night at the Clemences by courtesy of Rosemary and as the green light glowed brighter from the mother, he tried it on with the daughter and kissed her. She reacted by slapping him hard across the face.

"Don't you dare come near me or do that again!" she hissed. "Ever!"...

Ann Clemence convinces the horrible Robin Clough that he is wasting his time.

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December 23, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 18

...He paused for breath when they reached the landing and stood gazing at the faded portraits there. The founder was there old Amos, then at intervals came the rest, all with the same craggy features hardened by trade. Rock-faced the lot, chiselled by producing in the cheapest markets and selling in the dearest. Hardened by grinding down employees and trampling on rivals. In the end they were bankrupt in business and soul alike....

Sir Abe Illingworth pays his last visit to his mill.

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December 16, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 17

The once-mighty Sir Abe Illingworth has become a recluse, and his grandson John has become his only reason for living.

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December 09, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 16

John is beaten up at a university dance by a rival for the affections of Ann Clemence.

John Waddington-Feather continues his epic tale concerning three generations of a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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December 02, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 15

John Illingworth and Ann meet secretly on the stark Yorkshire moors, there to pursue romance.

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November 25, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 14

...As he negotiated her car in the small yard, she came to the door with Grimstone. They didn't see John and they couldn't be seen from the street as they stood on the steps and kissed. Not the usual peck between friends, but a long lingering smooch. John coughed loudly and strolled from behind the car, hitching his post-bag over his shoulder. The couple parted like crazy...

Young John Illingworth sees what he was not meant to see as he delivers Christmas mail.

John Waddington-Feather continues his engrossing novel.

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November 18, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 13

Young John Illingworth is a surprise caller at the Clemences house - and Ann makes him more than welcome.

John Waddington-Feather continues his epic tale of the fortunes and misfortunes of an ill-assorted Yorkshire mill family. To read earlier episodes of the story please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/illingworth_house/

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November 11, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 12

Young John Illingworth makes a new friend at Sir Abe's party, then he realises his true feelings for Ann.

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November 04, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 11

...But knowing Ann Clemence was going was different. He'd fallen madly in love with her and she with him. Meeting her again would be worth all the hassle of making small-talk or standing tongue-tied among upper-crustians, whod been to Oxbridge and public schools....

Young John Illingworth, looking more and more like his fighter-pilot father, attends a big do at Illingworth House.

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October 28, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 10

Rosemary Clemence ensures that her daughter Ann is never at Illingworth House when young John Illingworth is there - but John and Ann are falling in love and secretly exchange letters.

John Waddington-Feather continues his story set in a Yorkshire mill town.

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October 21, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 9

Joe Gibson pays a most satisfactory visit to lawyer Grimstone's office.

John Waddington-Feather continues his gripping story concerning the fortunes and misfortunes of a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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October 14, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 8

...The chief clerk, a middle-aged man, stood at the counter. He had a twitch in one eye and chain-smoked, lighting a fresh cigarette from the one he'd finished before stubbing it in a brimming ash-tray. He never quite stubbed out his fags and they'd burn away slowly making the air foul. He never smoked his cigarette once he'd lit it, but let it hang limply from the corner of his mouth, even when he spoke. When he did take a drag, he followed it with a hacking cough, spluttering smoke and spittle all over the counter...

Young John Illingworth recalled visiting solictor Simon Grimstone's Victorian office.

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October 07, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 7

Rosemary Clemence is annoyed to hear that young John Illingworth is to be given the run of Illingworth House.

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September 30, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 6

...Having lit up she eyed him up and down again superciliously through a cloud of tobacco smoke. Then suddenly her expression changed, as if something had clicked, as if she'd recognised something in him, for she turned to her uncle and demanded an explanation. Sir Abe smiled again and chuckled. "I said you were in for a surprise, Rosie. This is John Greenwood, our John's lad."...

Rosie Clemence has a shock when she calls in to see her Uncle Abe.

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September 23, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 5

...Across one wall hung the propeller of a Heinkel with the tally of kills John Illingworth had made painted in little swastikas. Over the door hung coats-of-arms of the squadrons he'd served in; and his medals, a Distinguished Service Cross and bar among them, stood in a glass-topped box on the dressing-table...

Young John Illingtworth inherits his father's room at Illingworth House.

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September 16, 2010

Chance Child,Part Two - 4

...John smiled, then whispered, "Sir Abe Illingworth's expecting me."

"I know," said the other in his deep voice. Then he too, smiled and said, "Step this way, Master John." His smile broadened as if he was enjoying a private joke and he stood back to let the boy pass...

Young John Illingworth pays his first visit to Illingworth House to meet his grandfather.

John Waddington-Feather continues his epic tale concerning a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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September 09, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 3

For the first time in his life young John Greenwood goes to Illingworth House to meet his wealthy grandfather.

John Waddington-Feather continues his engaging story.

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September 02, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 2

...Mary pulled out a chair for her nephew, but remained standing by his side. John knew something was up for her hand tightened on his shoulder as she spoke. And she was trying to speak 'proper' like the lawyer, but soon lapsed into dialect when she became angry.

John stared at the stranger but could glean nothing. Grimstone's face was a mask, a skull-like mask, reminding the lad of Gestapo leads he'd seen in war films...

Young John at last hears the names of his father and grandfather.

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August 26, 2010

Chance Child, Part Two - 1

...he was the only heir he'd ever have. His pride had kept him from his own flesh and blood, and now, a broken man, his folly flooded back as he sat slumped in his study looking at the pitifully few possessions of his son they'd sent back: his medals and ribbons, some letters, his wallet, the locket with Helen's photo inside and her photo he always kept by his bedside...

After fighter pilot John Illingworth dies in action his father Sir Abe Illingworth realises that he must mend fences and accept his grandson into the family.

Master story-teller John Waddington-Feather continues his compulsively readable account of the fortunes and misfortunes of a Yorkshire mill-owning family.

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August 19, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 101 - A Flash Of Light

...a flash of light exploded around him. His canopy shattered, splintering in his face and a great roaring deafened him. He felt a searing pain in his back...

Fighter Pilot John Illingworth's luck finally runs out.

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August 12, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 100 - John Sees His Son

...The boy's satchel and books lay strewn about the room and along one wall was a bookcase packed full. Near the bed, tucked into one corner stood a small desk, which Joe had made, with his homework on it. A night-light near the bed lit up the boy's face. He lay on his back deep in sleep with one arm on the coverlet.

And as he gazed, John Illingworth saw himself in the boy...

John Illingworth sees his sleeping son, then receives an assurance from Joe.

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August 05, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 99 - Jolly On

...But in Keighworth John became a recluse. He had no friends there and spent most of his time at home, reading in the library or sitting alone in the conservatory musing on the past and Helen. At other times he would go walking by himself on the moors and it was while he was walking across the escarpment above Ilkesworth near the Swastika Stone that he and Rosemary met for the last time...

John Illingworth and Rosemary have a sad parting of the ways.

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July 29, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 98 - I'm Sorry Old Fellow

...She walked as far as the gate and there he turned and held her gently. She reached up to caress his scarred face and kissed his cheek. Returning her kiss, he wished her goodnight, then got into his car. She stood watching him till he was out of sight, holding back her tears till he had gone. Then she broke down and wept unashamedly...

Rosemary finds that she wants to mother fighter pilot John Illingworth who has been badly injured in combat.

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July 22, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 97 - Like Something Out Of A Horror Film

...The racket subsided as those there saw him and only the gramophone blared on. Like Clemence, their eyes were riveted to John's face, fascinated yet revolted by what they saw...

Badly-injured fighter pilot John Illingworth brings Harry Clemence's rowdy party to a halt.

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July 15, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 96 - Master John Returns Home

...It shocked the old butler when he saw him limp off the train onto the mist-swathed platform; a broken, stooping figure well wrapped up against the dismal weather. He had buttoned the collar of his greatcoat up to his ears to hide his scars and wrapped a blue muffler round the bottom part of his face. His hat was well pulled down and hid forehead and eyes...

Fighter pilot is glad to be home, but he is determined to continue flying fighter planes.

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July 08, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 95 - Big, Busty And Brash

Sir Abe is gradually losing control of Illingworth Mills.

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July 01, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 94 - How Do I Look?

..."Well, Mary. How do I look? Do I really look so bad?"

It was no use lying and she said, "You've been knocked about a bit like the rest of them here. Not as bad as some." She spoke in her old blunt way and he admired her. "The surgeons work wonders and they'll soon have you patched up. When you're on your feet again, chat to some of the others on the ward, those who've lost limbs. You'll feel better then."...

John hears the truth about the extent of his injuries from Mary Calow.

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June 24, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 93 - His Worst Fears Realised

John Illingworth survived after being shot down by a German fighter pilot - but now he begins to realise the extent of his injuries.

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June 17, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 92 - "My God! I'm Done For!''

...On his last sortie, he was caught on the hop trying to finish off an ME 109, which he had shot up. He thought he had downed it and banked away, but the German was bluffing. He climbed suddenly then came in head-on, blasting away like mad. One burst of fire hit John's engine, sending oil spurting across his canopy and blinding him. A second burst caught his petrol tank, which burst into flames...

John Illingworth is shot down after being outsmarted in aerial combat over England.

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June 10, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 91 - He Did Not Die Alone

...Sydney died bravely as you would expect. Like the rest of us, he did what he had to do and showed no fear. Above all, I want you to know that. Please tell his father and sisters that. He was a first-class comrade and flier...

John Illingworth has to pen the letter he never wished to write.

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June 03, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 90 - Scramble!

...He felt his responsibility hang like a dead weight. He would have given anything for the youngster straight from school not to be there, knowing what would face him once they had joined battle. He tried to bolster
their morale, but even as they chatted,a klaxon sent them sprinting to their planes. All he could offer as they left was a banal, "Best of luck, chaps!" before he, too, joined the rush to the door...

And within minutes the deadly aerial battle is joined yet again.

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May 27, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 89 - Watch Your Tails

..."Above all, watch your tails and keep the sun out of your mirror. It's always out of the sun the bandits come. You'll not see them until it's too late if you don't watch your mirror all the time." Then he left the table, telling them to make themselves available for take-off in fifteen minutes...

The aerial battle intensifies in the skies over England, and John Illingworth is in the thick of it.

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May 20, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 88 - Those Who Have Bought It

..."It doesn't do to think about those who've bought it. You just get on with the flying and doing your job. Above all, trying to stay alive. Later, perhaps, there'll be time to think about it when this show is done, but not now.''...

John Illingworth has turned into an ice-cold fighter pilot.

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May 13, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 87 - Aerial Warfare

..."Once we're upstairs," he continued, "we fight as one unit, a squadron. No fancy braveries or what have you. We watch each other's tails and keep tuned in all the time to what I say. We're each other's eyes and ears up there. Remember that. That way and with a bit of Lady Luck, we survive. So, having given you those few words of wisdom, let me welcome you to your new squadron. The sergeant will show you to your rooms, now if you'll excuse me, I must go."...

Squadron Leader John Illingworth welcomes another intake of pilots to the grim realities of aerial combat.

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May 06, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 86 - The Battle Of Britain

...His courage won him the Distinguished Flying Cross, but the way he finished off the enemy earned him the reputation of being utterly ruthless. He gave no quarter and shot down planes mercilessly till they fell out of the sky. Few German pilots had chance to bale out once he had set his sights on them. He went for them first and watched their aircraft spin earthwards with grim satisfaction. After his experience in Prague, he never forgave the Nazis and hounded their air-force remorselessly...

Fighter pilot John Illingworth turns into a highly efficient killing machine.

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April 29, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 86 - Master John Returns Home

...John smiled wryly. His father hadn't changed. Still the same old diehard dad, but he was glad to be back. There was something about the old house which gave him new hope, gave him back the will to live. Strangest of all, he felt Helen's presence there. As if she, too, was waiting to welcome him home...

John, badly scarred after aerial combat, returns home to Illingworth House.

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April 22, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 85 - Joe Defies Grimstone

Grimstone receives a flea in his ear when he tries to persuade Joe Gibson to enter the black market.

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April 15, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 84 - The Money-Making Grind

...The lawyer often strolled past their hen-pens on his evening constitutional by the river. It was a favourite walk for many in Keighworth, offering a breath of fresh air free from the grime and toil of the mills. It was a fine walk at any time of the year, with open views to the farmland and woods on the hillside across the river, a walk Grimstone enjoyed to take the daily grind of money-making off his mind...

Grimstone the lawyer uses the war years to increase his influence and become richer.

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April 07, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 83 - An Easy War For Some

Simon Grimstone and Harry Clemence used the war to feather their nests rather than to join in the fighting.

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April 01, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 82 - The Last Train To Leave

...There was no time even to say goodbye to Miriam, it happened so quickly, and he stood dumbly watching the train pull out, searching for Miriam in the mass of faces peering out. Then he caught sight of her waving through the window as the carriages glided past. He returned her wave, choking back tears, and trying to smile, waving till the train was out of sight...

John Illingworth succeeds on helping a Jewish girl to escape the fatal clutches of the occupying Nazis in Poland.

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March 25, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 81 - To The Train Station

John Illingworth continues to take risks in his attempt to smuggle a young Jewish girl out of Poland, away from the invading Nazis.

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March 18, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 80 - Questioned By The Gestapo

...John regarded the man with contempt. He was small and podgy and hid behind heavy-framed glasses. They accentuated his empty, deadpan face and made his pale eyes paler. When he opened the door and saw him standing there, John was reminded at once of Harry Clemence. The likeness was uncanny. Though he used some cheap deodorant, he still reeked of body odour...

John faces a string of questions from a Gestapo officer.

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March 11, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 79 - John Rescues A Child

...As he looked on helpless, a young mother broke through the ring of soldiers who'd surrounded the Jews and ran towards him calling his name. It was Eva Horovitz, the wife of the couple who had befriended him and as she staggered towards him, a German officer ordered two of his men to seize her and bring her back.

John ran to the distraught mother and reached her just before the soldiers. "Please, John!" she gasped. "Take my daughter Miriam and get her away!" She thrust her child, a little girl of five or six, into his arms, screaming with fear, clinging to him as the Germans closed in...

John Illingworth rescues the girl from Nazi soldiers.

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March 04, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 78 - Joe Begins To Change His Mind

Joe begins to recognise that John Illingworth is also going through a dark night of the soul.

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February 25, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 77 - Street Violence

John Illingworth finds himself surrounded by a fascist mob.

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February 18, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 76 - "You Are Cheap''

...John had everything her husband lacked, macho, charm, polish - and sex. She hungered after him like nothing else. He was her whole world. She shook her hair free and her cheeks felt hot as she smoothed in some cream, wiping away her lipstick and make-up, sitting looking at herself in the mirror and whispering, "I'm yours, John."...

But Rosie is about to learn a harsh truth.

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February 11, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 75 - A Man Out Of Tune With Life

Rosemary finds that John Illingworth is a changed man.

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February 04, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 74 - Smoke And Fire

...He'd no small-talk, was unsociable and seemed a world away from the wild scenario around him. The other guests felt awkward in his company and drifted away from him till he stood alone, like a sour spectator at a play, watching all that went on with a jaundiced eye...

John Illingworth is a forbidding presence at Harry Clemence's party.

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January 28, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 73 - An Invitation To A Party

John Illingworth returns home and is invited to a party.

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January 21, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 72 - A Great Weight Is Lifted

John Illingworth finally gets to hold his son.

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January 14, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 71 - John Illingworh Holds His Infant Son

...He had been waiting anxiously for some time when Mary appeared on the path leading from the main road. When he saw her wheeling a pushchair, his heart leapt. He hurried towards her, feeling his heart thump madly and strange emotions flood through him...

John Illingworth, estranged from his family, returns to Keighworth to see his son.

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January 07, 2010

Chance Child - Part One: 70 - Hypocritical Letters

Rosemary Clemence now realises that John Illingworth, who has completed his training as a fighter pilot, is the only love of her life.

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December 31, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 69 - "You And Illingworths Can Go To Hell''

...As Johnson cooked breakfast he chatted about non-consequential things, avoiding the real issues that were on both their minds. When he had finished, John said, "Henry, you must know I'm leaving for good. I can't go on living here after what's happened. You do understand?"...

John Illinghworth walks out of the family firm.

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December 24, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 68 - No Comfort For Sir Abe

John slams the door in his father's face.

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December 17, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 67 - Joe Is Unforgiving

..."Tha just used that trip to Australia to get out of weddin' her. Tha got cowd feet but tha hadn't t' guts to tell us to our faces. Tha used her, then when tha'd had thi bit o' fun tha copped out and thi father sent thi to Australia leavin' her wi' a baby," snarled Joe....

Joe Gibson refuses to accept John Illingworth's assurance that he knew nothing of Helen's illness.

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December 10, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 66 - Losing A Son

...John looked round at them savagely. "And her son... my son? Has any of you been to see him?" he asked, his voiced thick with drink.

The silence dropped again like a dead weight and John lay down his napkin. The more they'd tried to excuse themselves, the more they fanned his anger. He looked his father squarely in the eyes and hissed, "So you did nothing to help her, not one of you. Is that what you're trying to tell me?"...

John Illingworth and his father Sir Abe reach a parting of the ways.

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December 03, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 65 - A Terrible Homecoming

...As he disembarked, John Illingworth was met by his father and cousin. Sir Abe couldn't face meeting him alone and asked Rosie to accompany him. Helen's sudden death had left him unnerved and he was numb with fear...

John returns from Australia and is informed that Helen has died.

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November 26, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 64 - Fighting For Breath

..It was a sweltering day when the hospital rang the Gibsons to say Helen was in labour and sinking fast. Would they come at once? They contacted Mary Calow who went immediately and picked them up. It was an agonising drive to Ilkesworth and they rarely spoke, Joe least of all. He stared grimly through the window while the women made sporadic chitchat...

Helen gives birth to a baby boy then fights for breath.

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November 19, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 63 - Shocked Into Guilt

Sir Abe Illingworth is told the shocking news that Helen is desperately ill.

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November 05, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 62 - Tearful Prayers

Helen has advanced tuberculosis, and Joe is shocked to see the decline in her health.

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October 29, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 61 - The Final Break

John Illingworth finally sees through the deceits of lawyer Simon Grimstone.

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October 22, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 60 - A Refuge For Helen

Mary Calow finds a refuge for the seriously ill Helen in a Dales cottage.

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October 15, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 59 Chance Child - Part One- Mary Calow To The Rescue

...Following hard on the heels of the telegram came a longer telegraphed letter. Mary Calow told him that Helen was pregnant and dangerously ill with T.B. The letter also told him exactly what she thought of him and demanded to know why he had abandoned his fiancee...

At last John Illingworth, who has spent a year in Australia, hears of the desperate plight of his beloved Helan.

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October 08, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 58 - The End Of A Friendship

John Illingworth begins to hate the conniving lawyer Simon Grimstone, who has been intercepting Helen's letters.

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October 01, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 57 - None Of Your Business

Helen, increasingly ill, has a row with Mrs Simpson and is forced to leave her lodgings.

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September 24, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 56 - An Evil Encounter

Helen hears bad news - then meets an evil woman in a cafe.

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September 17, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 55 - No Mail From John

Helen becomes extremely worried when no letters arrive from John Illingworth who has gone to work for a year in Australia.

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September 10, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 54 - Mary Calow Shocks Sir Abe

Mary Calow tells Sir Abe why she has decided to leave Illingworths.

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September 03, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 53 - Joe Cannot Find Work

Joe, an ardent supporter of his trade union, has now been unemployed for two years.

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August 27, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 52 - Helen Says Farewell To John

Helen says goodbye to her beloved John as he sets out for Australia.

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August 20, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 51 - Mrs Simpson Promises Help

Helen's landlady promises to intercept any mail sent from Australia by John Illingworth.

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August 13, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 50 - Another Woman

Simon Grimstone offers comfort to Rosemary, who has heard that her husband Harry is having an affair.

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August 06, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 48 - Sir Abe Is Determined To Have His Way

Sir Abe Illingworth and Mary Calow near a parting of the ways.

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August 02, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 49 - Sir Abe Plots With Simon Grimstone

Sir Abe and the sly lawyer Simon Grimstone hatch a plot to end John Illingworth's relationship with Helen.

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July 23, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 47 - An Engagement Is Announced

Abe Illingworth is horrified when his son John announces his engagement to Helen.

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July 16, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 46 - A Ring For Helen

...While they were chatting, John quietly pulled out a ring box from his pocket. He timed it precisely and asked her to close her eyes and stretch out her hand. Before she knew it, he had slipped a beautiful diamond ring on her wedding finger...

John Illingworth formally proposes to Helen.

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July 09, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 45 - Rosemary's Jealousy

Rosemary Clemence still hankers after John Illingworth and is greatly pained by his love for Helen.

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July 02, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 44 - Rosemary Braithwaite's Wedding

...Rosemary Braithwaite's wedding took Keighworth by surprise. There was no announcement and few invitations. Most surprised of all was Harry Clemence when she said she was pregnant...

In one giant stride Harry Clemence makes it into Keighworth's upper-crust bracket.

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June 25, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 43 - Buy Him Off

Joe confronts the great Sir Abe Illingworth in his own den.

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June 18, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 42 - A Nasty Cough

Mary is shocked by what she sees when she goes to visit her sister Helen.

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June 11, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 41 - Helen And Mary Are Reunited

Mary goes to Bradford in search of her estranged sister Helen.

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June 04, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 40 - An Ultimatum For Sir Abe Illingworth

Sir Abe Illlingworth is determined to end his son John's romance with Helen Greenwood.

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May 28, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 39 - Helen Leaves Home

Helen finds new lodgings.

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May 21, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: A House That Seems Empty

Helen packs her bags and leaves home.

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May 14, 2009

37 - Billberry Picking

Joe attacks John Illingworth when he sees him "carrying on'' with Helen.

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May 07, 2009

36 - Getting Rid Of The Family Parasite

Slimy solicitor Simon Grimstone helps to oust drunken, lecherous Major Kingham-Jones from the Illingworth family.

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April 30, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 35 - Slippery Grimstone

Simon Grimstone's property company comes crashing down.

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April 23, 2009

34 - Tread Carefully

Helen confesses to her sister that she is in love with John Illingworth.

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April 16, 2009

Chance Child - Part One33 - A Passionate Affair

Helen is now head-over-heels in love with John Illingworth.

John Waddington-Feather continues his novel of high and low life in a Yorkshire mill town.

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April 09, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 32 - Set Another Place At Our Meal

Sarah Levy introduces Sydney to her parents, dreading their reaction.

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April 02, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 31 - Another Romance Blossoms

Sydney Goldstein is another young man unwilling to kuckle under to his wealthy father.

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March 26, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 30 - An Unromantic Setting

...Helen came in nervously and glanced round. Then her eyes set on John and a smile lit her face. His heart raced and he jumped to his feet to greet her, taking her by the arm and leading her to his table...

John Illingworth and office girl Helen meet by arrangement in a café.

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March 19, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 29 - A Meeting Is Arranged

John Illingworth arranges another meeting with Helen, despite his father's disapproval.

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March 12, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 28 - The Arcade Cake And Coffee Shop

The devious Simon Grimstone enjoys needling Rosemary Braithwaite.

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March 05, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 27 - No Longer Inferior

...Clemence had never seen the major so drunk before. He was legless and his wife was mortally embarrassed, but Clemence's expressionless face and trite small-talk somehow calmed her down. The boot was on the other foot now and he had Kingham-Jones at his mercy...

But Harry Clemence is not the man to forget something that he can later turn to his advantage.

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February 27, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 26 - Be Nice To Me

..."Let's do something big and nice together, eh?" She sprawled invitingly on the sofa and pulled her skirt over her knees to reveal just enough thigh to make Harry feel nicer...

Harry Clemence is not the man to miss out on a golden opporutnity when it presents itself.

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February 19, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 25 - Brass To Brass

...As Clemence drove to Ashworth House, Rosemary sat silent and sullen. He tried to make conversation but soon shut up, regarding her from time to time from the corner of his eye. He knew how to play her and she'd come crying on his shoulder in time. She had tears in her eyes even before they left Illingworth House, unable to control her raging jealousy...

Rosemary Braithwaite is intensly jealous of the beautiful girl who has caught the eye of her cousin, John Illingworth.

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February 12, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 24 - A Family Row

Sir Abe Illingworth and his love-smitten son John have a row about Mary Illingworth.

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February 05, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 23 - Ordered Out Of The House

Mill owner's son John Illingworth is ordered out of a modest home by an angry father.

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January 29, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: Chapter 22 – A Large Gin And Tonic

Helen slurs her words at Sir Abe's fancy garden party.

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January 22, 2009

Chance Child - Part 1: 21 - An Awkward Situation

Helen, a most reluctant guest, finds it tough going at Sir Abe's fancy garden party.

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January 15, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 20 - A Serious Rival

Rosemary Braithwaite suddenly realises she has a serious rival for the hand of mill owner's son John Illingworth.

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January 08, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 19 – Terrifying Moments

Abe Illingworth is furious when his son John arrives at the garden party with office girl Helen Greenwood.

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January 01, 2009

Chance Child - Part One: 18 – A Flight Of Fancy

...He hummed quietly to himself as his plane zoomed along. There was something about Helen Greenwood which fascinated him. Was it her complete naturalness? Her lack of make-up and plain dress? But she was intelligent, too, and he felt he had met his match...

John Illingworth swoops down on his father's garden party.

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December 18, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 17 – Harry Clemence To The Rescue

..."Oh, another one of them," she said acidly. "He has taste in everything but women. Why does he fall for such trashy girls? A pretty little secretary bird to sit on his knee and play footsie, eh?"...

Harry Clemence predicts that John Illingworth's interest in a secretary will soon fade - but is he making one of his rare mi8stakes?

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December 11, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 16 - The Embarrassing Kingham-Jones

Abe Illingworth's brother-in-law Major Kingham-Jones drinks too much and starts to make a nuisance of himself.

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December 04, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 15 – Sir Abe Is Angry

Sir Abe Illingworth has organised a garden party for the county set – but it gets under way without his son’s presence.

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November 27, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 14 - Acid Dripping on Metal

Mary Calow’s new job at Illingworths is not met by universal approval.

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November 20, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 13 – Delight and Resentment

Helen Greenwood tells her family that she has been offered a job at Illingworths, but her father Joe fails to offer his congratulations.

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November 13, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 12 – Welcoming His Chance

Harray Clemence and his flash Aston Martin car impress Rosemary Braithwaite.

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November 06, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 11 – A True Illingworth

...Rosemary was in her element. "Sod John Illingworth!" she thought. "If he can't be bothered to see me, I can't be bothered to wait for him!" She was at once elated yet angry; angry with her cousin John, elated with Harry Clemence's new car. He was a good driver and she thrilled with its speed...

Rosemary Braithwaite is a real Illingworth, but she can’t resist an invitation to ride in “commoner’’ Harry Clemence’s new Aston Martin.

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October 30, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 10 – The Obliging Toad

...His eyes were large, bulbous. They earned him the nickname Toad in the general office downstairs, where he was decidedly unpopular. Light with his superiors, he was heavy on those under him.

He'd once had a good head of dark hair, but it was starting to go grey, so he dyed it. He had to comb it carefully, too, to hide the bald patch spreading across his crown....

Harry Clemence, the Toad, offers to be a tennis partner as a stand-in for the boss’s son.

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October 23, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 9 – Wasted Brass

"And next time I send you out, don't mess around," he said, smiling. "Wasted time is wasted brass!"

Young John Illingworth, recently made a director of the family textile business, learns the secrets of business success from his father Abe.

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October 16, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 8 – The Very Long Walk Home

Helen, on her way home after being offered at Illingworths, the famous Bradford textile firm, is accosted by the oily Simon Grimstone.

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October 09, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 7 – Dreaming Of Freedom

...She saw Bradford in a new light. The grim black buildings gleamed like a heavenly city. Its gaunt Victorian Town Hall and chimneys reached like church spires to the blue sky. This was to be her new place of work, her new home, and she rejoiced...

Helen Greenwood has just landed a good job at Illingworths, and the whole world glows with promise.

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October 02, 2008

6 – A Dashing Man

...He was tall and well built with a fine pair of shoulders, blue eyes and a winning smile. He clearly spent much time outdoors for he was bronzed and his blond hair was almost flaxen with the sun. His hands were gentle but strong as he helped her to the seat...

Having landed a job at Illingworths, Helen bumps into the boss’s son.

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September 25, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 5 – Piercing Grey Eyes

...Like Helen Greenwood she had steady intelligent grey eyes, which widened slightly as the young girl came in shyly. Just for an instant they showed surprise. Then she looked down at the papers on her desk again. The physical resemblance between them was startling. You would have taken them for mother and daughter...

Helen is at last face to face with the woman who is to interview her for a job at Illingworths.

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September 18, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 4 – A Chance To Get On

There’s tension, and bitchiness, as Helen with other girls to be interviewed for a job with Illingworths, the mighty Yorkshire textile firm.

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September 11, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 3 – Sick with Fear

Helen Greenwood pins all her hopes on getting a job as a typist in Illingworths’ head office.

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September 04, 2008

Chance Child - Part One: 2 – The Ultimate Boundary

...Times were changing and, shrewd as he was in observing business, Sir Abe was not shrewd enough in observing change. Old attitudes had gone with a generation blown to bits in the trenches. He, of all people, should have recognised that. But he didn't. He was in the same mould as his father and grandfather, a mould his son was about to break, to rebel as Sir Abe never would have dared...

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August 28, 2008

Chance Child – Part One: 1 – The Master

...Humility was never a strong point of the Illingworths, for though they may not have inherited the earth, they had a generous slice of it and a baronetcy to go with it...

John Waddington-Feather begins the second novel in his trilogy concerning the fortunes and misfortunes of a Yorkshire mill-owning dynasty.

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August 21, 2008

51 - An Unsolved Mystery

...Rumours reached Helen during her teens that she was the illegitimate daughter of a mill-master and his mistress. Whoever her parents were, they must have been rich for they paid the Greenwoods well enough to send her a prep school and not the local council school. And there was enough money later to pay for her through grammar school and the commercial college...

Helen Greenwood's urge to find her parents never leaves her.

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August 14, 2008

50 - Popular And Hated

...Grimnstone's life revolved round sucking up to those above him and putting down those below, and when he couldn't rise, he made sure those below him didn't either...

Continuing his story of the fortunes and misfortunes of a Yorkshire mill-owning family John Waddington-Feather tells of a monumentally nasty character.

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August 07, 2008

49 - Little Charades

...Her love for Peter Courtenay grew as her love for Sir Abe withered. He'd become more and more obsessed with the family dynasty, with class, with casting round for a new wife for himself and for his son John. Mary recognised this change and made her own plans forthwith.,,

Mary Calow realises that she will never be Sir Abe Illingworth's wife, so she decides to marry another man.

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July 31, 2008

48 – From Strength To Strength

Simon Grimstone knows all the Illingworths' darkest secrets - and he is only to eager to use the knowledge to his own benefit.

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July 24, 2008

47 - Scoring

...There was no place for scholarship in business, no place for a playboy either. He'd seen that happen too often when mill-men sent their sons off to college. Starting them at the bottom and keeping them in the firm was the best way to keep family businesses flourishing. It always had been. To give heirs a purpose in life and increase wealth, to give them know-how...

Sir Abe Illingworth is determined that the family textile business should continue to thrive after he has gone.

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July 17, 2008

46 – Second Thoughts

Sir Abe Illingworth is interested in a lady of title – until he discovers the limitations of her conversation.

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July 10, 2008

45 – The Sparkling Gift

....Her grey eyes sparkling in the light of the dying sun looked steadily into his and he was bewitched. His limpid brown eyes never left her, searched her face, her neck, her body. She stood and let him drink his fill. Then he pulled a case from his pocket and opened it. Inside was an expensive diamond necklace....

Sir William is persistent in his pursuit of Mary – but then Abe Illingworth finds out what is going on.

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July 03, 2008

44 – Flattered Yet Repelled

..."I see you're getting away from the madding crowd. I've never met such a dead lot," he began. He came very close so that she couldn't escape. "You know," he said quietly, edging even closer, "I'd give anything to have you as my secretary. Sir Abe doesn't know how lucky he is. There's a job for you as my personal assistant any time, and whatever you're paid at Illingworths I'll double."...

Mary Callow is still loyal to Abe Illingworth, but other men are enchanted by her charms.

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June 26, 2008

43 - A Lack Of Class

...When John took her to meet his father at the party, she turned on her spotlight smile and simpered, "It's so good of John to bring me, Sir Abe. He's such a darling."
She opened her eyes very wide and flicked the cigarette she was smoking from a long holder into a nearby ashtray. Sir Abe gave her a frozen smile and said stiffly that he hoped she would enjoy herself.
"How can I not?" she replied. "Your son’s such good fun."...

Young John Illingworth has set his sights on a lass with a lack of class.

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June 19, 2008

42 – Searching For The Perfect Wife

...He had long considered that he had first and foremost to make sure the family wealth was added to if ever he re-married. Next, he had to enhance the family name...

Even as he continues his affair with Mary Callow the snobbish Abe Illingworth decides the time has come to look for another wife.

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June 12, 2008

41 – Confusion In The Cinema

The depression hits Keighworth, workers begin to lose their jobs and there are ugly incidents.

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June 05, 2008

40 – Gold To Dross

…Sir Abe gave both Clemence and Grimstone the responsibility of teaching his son the tricks of the trade. After all, John was about their age and they would be working together in partnership when he had gone.

But John had started life at the top. Clemence and Grimstone, starting at the bottom and struggling to rise, they envied him from the start; envied his schooling, his easy polished manners, his speech. And above all, his wealth. They kept their envy under wraps, of course, but as time went on they cashed in at John's expense…

Without realising what he is doing, Abe Illingworth is putting the family business in jeopardy.

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May 29, 2008

39 – At the Stone Circle

…He sighed deeply and stared at the horizon. Sir Luke owned all the land he could see, and over the crest in the valley were his home and mills, which spread into the next county. Yet no money, no power on earth could make his son right. He had spawned a monster more crazy than any of the simpletons among his workers' families…

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May 22, 2008

38 – Watching the Beaters

Timothy Illingworth, the family’s dark secret, attacks a farm labourer and runs off with his lunch box.

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May 15, 2008

37 – Encounter With A Mad Man

…He was huge, with a great grizzled head and low brow, from underneath which a pair of wildly insane eyes looked out. As she drew alongside, he had leapt the wall before she could ride off and grabbed her, pulling her from her pony and tearing at her clothes as she screamed for help…

The Illingworths know only too well the dangers of cousin associating with cousin.

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May 08, 2008

36 – Bright Young Things

…‘Getting on’ was paramount in Bradford and Keighworth. From the cradle to the grave you had to get on and make money to show the world you'd got on and were summat. Those who had nowt were nowt. But those who had summat were summat, and young Clemence made damned sure he was going to get on and be summat at Illingworths…

A younger generation are becoming involved in running Illingworths’ textile mill.

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May 01, 2008

35 – Discovering Skeletons

Simon Grimstone is good at acting. He sometimes trod the boards at Keighworth's Little Theatre. A real lawyer whose smiles were reserved only for the rich or those with clout, he was obsessed with getting on, getting to the top, and he didn't care who he trampled on to get there, or who he sucked up to.

And Simon has discovered a secret concerning Abe Illingworth.

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April 24, 2008

34 - Keighworth Returns To Normal

The World War is fading into memory, but greed and class conflict still thrive in Keighworth.

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April 17, 2008

33 - Putting On A Good Show

Wealthy folk in Keighworth were expected to put on a good show on public occasions, especially at funerals.

In the latest chapter of John Waddington-Feather's saga of a Yorkshire mill-owning family Abe Illingworth buries his wife Rachel.

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April 10, 2008

32 - Another Crisis

After the horrors of warfare a 'flu epidemic sweeps across Europe - and Abe Illingworth is summoned to London where his estranged wife is desperately ill.

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April 03, 2008

31 - The Mayor's Dinner

..."Ah'd just like to say first that there were nowt courageous about what Ah did. Ah were bloody fritted to death from start to finish an' Ah'm sorry it all happened. They were nobbut youngsters Ah killed. Family men like meself an Ah'm ashamed at what Ah did an' may God forgive me. There were nowt honourable about it an' there's nowt honourable at all about this war. It's animal butchery, that's all. An why the hell we're fighting it Ah don't know. Happen the general 'ere can explain." Then he sat down...

VC-winner Joe tells the hard truth at a Keighworth civic dinner for the town's servicemen.

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March 27, 2008

30 - Hail the Conquering Hero

Joe Gibson is awarded the Victoria Cross, the ultimate award for military gallantry. The mayor and a brass band are waiting to greet him when he returns home to Keighworth, but Joe is a changed man.

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March 20, 2008

29 - Joe's Passchendaele

....The artillery lay down a barrage for hours and as soon as they let up, the Guards went over. They'd been given tots of rum prior to the charge and when the order came, they scaled the trench ladders and went over with fixed bayonets. The artillery had dropped a smoke-screen, so that all Joe saw at first were the vague figures of his comrades staggering through the mud like himself. All around them bullets whined and cracked and men dropped like flies, but still Joe kept going crazed and half-drunk - frightened as he'd never been before....

Joe faces the horrors of Passchendaele.

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March 13, 2008

28 - The Ladies' Man

...As her horse raced on, Mary tried to rein it in, but to no avail. It galloped alongside the major till the path began to narrow again. He suddenly realised they wouldn't make it riding together and reined in to let her pass, but too late.

Mary's horse lost its footing and fell, throwing Mary clear but rolling on under its own impetus into the heather at the edge of the quarry....

Major Kingham-Jones is the new man in Abe Illingworth's sister's life - and Abe has good reason to detest him.

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March 06, 2008

27 - Growing Hatred

Joe Gibson is about to leave for the war front when he has a confrontation with Abe Illingworth.

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February 28, 2008

26 - Deserters

The war brings about changes in Abe Illingworth, emphasising the harshness in his nature.

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February 21, 2008

25 - Useful Contacts

Some folk are prospering in Keighworth during the war years.

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February 14, 2008

24 - Recovery

...He squeezed her hand and breathed the air deeply. The tang of heather and earthy smell of peat, the scent of ferns and the spory smell of the warm grit at their feet rose all about them. He was home, alive and with the woman he loved at his side. He would never return to the hell he had left. And that was a huge burden lifted...

Abe Illingworth, injured in battle, is more than glad to be back home in Yorkshire.

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February 07, 2008

23 - Injury and Death

Abe Illingworth and Henry Johnson are both wounded in action on the Somme, and Abe's brother-in-law Sam Braithwaite loses his life in battle.

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January 31, 2008

22 - Shameful Security

Joe Gibson, who has thrived during the war, exempted from service because of his work skills, volunteers to join the army and is called up into the Coldstream Guards.

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January 24, 2008

21 - Pleasure Preceeds Duty

...An evening breeze had got up and caught her hair. The last of the sun's rays lit up her face and he leaned down and kissed her...

Abe, returned from the war front, and Mary share a romantic reunion in the Yorkshire Dales.

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January 17, 2008

20 - On the Home Front

Abe Illingworth is awarded the Military Cross for his bravery in the Battle of Mons. His loveless marriage ends in divorce.

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January 10, 2008

19 - Great Changes

The Great War is bringing enormous social changes to the mill town where the Illingworths are based.

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January 03, 2008

18 - John And Rosemary

While Abe Illingworth is at the war front, his son and niece enjoy childhood games on an idyllic Dales farm

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December 27, 2007

17 - A Cherished Letter

Abe Illingworth, embroiled in the horrors of front-line warfare, sends a letter to his beloved Mary.

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December 20, 2007

16 - Killing In Paradise

...Overhead, the sun grew in warmth and beads of sweat trickled down their faces. All had gone so still that a skylark got up from the cornfield and began pouring out its song. It seemed so idyllic lying there in the summer sun, smelling the earthy scent of harvest as they listened to the lark above and the breeze blowing over them. It was impossible to believe that men were killing each other in this paradise...

Abe Illingworth is commanding troops who are in the thick of the battle.

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December 13, 2007

15 - In the 'Contemptible Little Army'

...They peered over the bank. Two of his men were lying in the open. "Give me rapid fire!" yelled Abe to the men on his left, and immediately they began pumping bullets into the copse were the German troops were entrenched. They fell silent under the hail of bullets, which gave Abe and his sergeant time to rush out and drag back the wounded men...

Abe Illingworth goes off to war, and soon finds himself in the thick of the action.

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December 06, 2007

14 - The Landlord

...Perhaps it was his air and easy smile that endeared him to some folks. Certainly he could turn on the charm when needed - especially with women. He was nothing to look at, sallow and gaunt with oily black hair plastered well down. He had horsey teeth, which flashed suddenly when he smiled, breaking his face in two.

Like many family lawyers Simon Grimstone came to have some sort of hold over the Illingworths as he grew older. It was said he'd picked up some dark secret from the past...

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November 29, 2007

13 - Secret Knowledge

..."He was with that young woman, his secretary I think. I've seen her here at Sir Luke's soirees. Very pretty. Very," continued Mrs Sharp giving Rachel a knowing look.

Rachel coloured deeply. She'd said nothing as long as her husband's affair was kept well under wraps. Now it was in the open she found it difficult to handle and was angry. She was doubly hurt, being told by Emily Sharp, whom she'd never liked...

Abe Illingworth's affair with his secretary is no longer a secret.

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November 22, 2007

12 - A Chance Meeting

...The week before he left, Abe took Mary Calow to their hideaway at Grasby. As always, she took the train to Skiproyd where he met her incognito at a restaurant. She looked more radiant than ever in a new summer dress, which set off her face and complexion exactly. He sported white flannels and blazer. The last time he'd wear them for years...

Abe and Mary share a weekend together in the Yorkshire Dales before he goes off to war - but a chance meeting means their affair will now become public knowledge.

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November 15, 2007

11 - Preparing To Serve

...The Keighworth mob, which had focussed on the great houses of their bosses during the strike, switched its attention once war was declared to the German butchers who had settled in the town years before. They went on the rampage again kicking in the shop windows in the middle of town, before marching up Black Lane again and wrecking what they could there...

War is declared, and mill master's son Abe Illingworth is called to the colours.

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November 08, 2007

10 - The Adopton

...In 1912 the Greenwoods surprised everybody by fostering a baby daughter right out of the blue. Everyone assumed he was doing it for his boss. He'd been well paid, very well paid to take on the child. Paid to brush the scandal of a bastard under the carpet.

It happened often in Keighworth. Sometimes they knew who'd fathered the child but no one ever found out which upper-crustian had fathered the child the Greewoods adopted, or who the mother was. Folks who took on bastard upper-crustians were paid well to keep their mouths shut....

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November 01, 2007

9 - Public Humiliation, And Worse

Rugby League star Joe Gibson is humiliated in a court appearance which follows a violent incident.

On the bench to sentence him is his employer, Abe Illingworth.

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October 25, 2007

8 - Trouble At Illingworth House

War with Germany is imminent, and Abe Illingworth, heir to a thriving Yorkshire textile business, is on stand-by to be called up.

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October 18, 2007

7 - A Fiery Temper

...Joe's temper flared at work when he had run-ins with his boss, Sam Hirst, the iron-master who owned the foundry. Joe was shop steward and Sam Hirst would have got rid of him, but he was a good worker and his being a star rugby player brought some sort of kudos to the firm...

Joe Gibson is a union shop steward, willing to stand up to a bullying boss.

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October 11, 2007

6 - The Cup Tie

Mill master Abe Illingworth attends his first rugby league game.

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October 04, 2007

5 - A Challenge

Mill master's son Abe discovers that rugby league comes before romance in the latest chapter of Illingworth House by John Waddington-Feather.

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September 27, 2007

4 - Spartan Beauty

...She spent two years in the main office, then at eighteen she blossomed suddenly into womanhood, caught Abe Illingworth's eye and became his personal secretary. It was inevitable they should fall in love. Though almost twice her age he looked much younger. He'd a mane of blond hair and blue attractive eyes. He was tall and strikingly handsome and in her eyes he was a gentleman. He came from another class, the upper-crustians. He spoke nicely, had polished manners and charmed her from the start...

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September 20, 2007

3 - John Illingworth

...Sir Luke grunted and gave the fire a final poke. He was well pleased with the night's outcome. Illingworths Mills had an heir at long last. He yawned and pulled out at his gold pocket watch, which straddled across his waistcoat on a solid gold chain. "Time I turned in," he said. "Work as usual tomorrow, m'boy." Then almost as an afterthought, he asked, "What are you going to call the lad?...

An Illingworth heir has been born, and the patriarch of the family is well-pleased.

John Waddington-Feather continues his story of a Yorkshire mill-owning dynasty.

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September 13, 2007

2 - Part Of A Business Arrangement

...From the start there'd been no love in their marriage. It had been entirely a marriage of convenience. Abe sought his love elsewhere and she knew it. An only child, she'd been part of a business arrangement between her father and Sir Luke. So had Abe, but it hadn't stopped him making his own arrangement, too...

But Abe manages to give his wife a peck on the cheek after she gives birth to a son.

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September 06, 2007

1 - Growing Agitation

Today we begin the serialisation of Illingworth House, a three-volume saga about a Yorkshire mill-owning dynasty.

It's author, the Reverend John Waddington-Feather, grew up in the area in which his story is set. He now lives in Shropshire.

John worked as a schoolmaster and is an ordained Anglican priest. For the past 38 years he has been a prison chaplain. He began writing novels as a hobby and has had number of books published. He also writes poetry, editing and publishing a poetry magazine.

In the first episode of the epic Illingworth House tale Sir Luke Illingworth is hurrying home from his mill, expecting the birth of a grandchild.

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