The Good Messenger is an epic tale of love, loyalty and deception set across three decades.
1912: Tom Shepherd reluctantly stays for two weeks at Hardinge Hall. Mr and Mrs Hardinge are trying to arrange a marriage for their son Teddy to Iris, daughter of a local businessman. Tommy becomes the innocent messenger who delivers the secret arrangements.
Armistice Day 1918: The First World War has changed everything, especially the closeted world that Iris, Teddy and Tom existed in.
1927. Tom is now a journalist investigating the discovery of a baby's bones in the woods around Hardinge Hall. Past and present move towards a resolution that might still bring everything crashing down.
John Simmons is an independent writer and consultant. He has written a number of books on the relationship between language and identity, including We, me, them & it, The invisible grail and Dark angels. He wrote the compelling novel Leaves, which was published by Urbane in 2015, and Spanish Crossings which published in paperback March 2018. John lives in North London