In Search of Lost Girls

Peter’s soul-mate, Kate, has been ripped from his arms and kidnapped. Disguised as a girl, he sets out in search of her, only to be hounded by fanatics bent on eliminating him. Meanwhile, Kate has been dumped in a nightmarish girls’ orphanage where she emerges as a decisive figure in the rescue of her fellow orphans. Will the two ever be together again?

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Listen carefully. You can just hear the mournful tolling of a bell over the shuffle of girls' feet as they traipse to Mass, nursing bruises and numb despair. No one cares. No one is there to stem the torrent of injustice and abuse. They are lost and forgotten.

In another world, the cathedral still reverberates to the melody of angelic voices as the mourners file out, heads bowed, words hushed. If only they knew that the two girls whose music delights them so were really boys in disguise, sanctity would flee in the face of raging indignation. Then a gunshot threatens to put an end to the girls’ lost cause.

The scene is set. The author picks up his pen with trembling fingers and begins to write.  Time to tear Kate and Peter apart. The thought of making her life hell has him dribbling in anticipation. Age is no excuse. He ought to know better. Things rarely turn out as an author expects.

In Search of Lost Girls is the sequel to Boy & Girl.

Chapter One - “… One … Two … Three …” Arthur W. Yong mentally paced out the empty store cupboard. “That should be enough for the meddling brat.” He’d teach her not to mess with his stories. The thought of her impending misery made him feel better than he had for days...

Chapter Two - The school corridors drifted gently sideways, blurring as they did. Peter leaned against the wall to steady himself and shifted the weight from his crutches. His hands and arms ached. Closing his eyes, he took a deep breath...

I have just sat and read this book in a day - isn't that what holidays are for? And I loved it. (...) One of the main themes is about being different, a theme so close to my heart.  – Kate Lindley (on Facebook)

Dressed in girls’ clothesHad Peter been a girl, wearing a dress or a skirt and top, with those new-fangled tights that were all the rage at the beginning of the 60s, would not have been such a big deal, either for her or for those around her...

A key to the soul - Having some tricky changes to make and it’s not always easy. You can’t imagine how difficult it is to add a wall around a convent as an “afterthought”...

Numbers! - It often said that writing your first million words is an important landmark for a writer. Well, I just passed that landmark with my latest book,...

The end in Lucerne - As planned, I went to Lucerne to celebrate finishing the draft of In Search of Lost Girls. I also wanted to check a few points I was unsure about...

In Search of Lost Girls - I had not wanted to write a sequel to Boy & Girl, but the characters ‘forced’ me to write on.

An extract, close to the end - I am very close to the grand finale of In Search of Lost Girls. Only a couple more chapters to write. Here’s a short extract…

The epilogue - I have just completed the epilogue to In Search of Lost Girls. That doesn’t mean the draft is complete. Another five chapters of the fifty-two chapters remain to be written...

The wind blusters at a hundred thousand - Numbers maybe not mean much, but reaching a hundred thousand words is always a key moment, like climbing the last summit before you head down to the finish line…

The girl with the green dress - A brief extract about a pretty girl from the bakery named Bonnie

Peter sings Blake - The extract from In Search of Lost Girls read by Alan McCluskey at Payot Rive Gauche in Geneva on Thursday, April 9th, 2015...

Boy & Girl - Imagine Peter’s delight when he finds himself in the head of a girl, he who secretly dresses as a girl. Yet, despite his wild hopes, that girl is not him. She’s Kaitlin, the daughter of a mage in a beleaguered world. Peter has his own problems when a new girl at school threatens to reveal his girly ways. Becoming friends, Kate and Peter confront their problems together.

In Search of Lost Girls - In search of Kate, his lost soul-mate, Peter is beset by individuals hell-bent on stopping him dressing as a girl and besmirching the name of all those who befriend him. Meanwhile Kate has been dumped into a girls’ orphanage where, despite constant abuse and mistreatment, she emerges as a decisive figure in the rescue of her fellow orphans.

A Powerful Girl, A Pretty Boy - Peter is beset by an existential choice, retain his androgynous ambiguity or say goodbye to his girlish self. Circumstances, however, force both him and Kate to take up other challenges. By straddling the line between child and adult, between carefree creativity and weighty responsibility, between play and work, they find imaginative ways to confront wide-ranging problems that adults have great difficulty solving. (Yet to be published)

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