A novel. Hensford is an historic Hertfordshire village ill-at-ease with itself. Since time immemorial those inhabiting the lower and the upper halves have eyed each other with suspicion – but a suspicion born of what? New-comer, young school teacher David Stacey, is determined to find out. He sets off on a journey of discovery that will change the lives of two families, forever…
On gaining a degree and PGCE at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Michael J Lansdown spent nearly forty years teaching. Teaching learners from three years old to those in their eighties. He taught both in the UK and in Sweden. His time was spent teaching adults and children in schools, colleges, evening classes, and industry. He has always had an interest in language. For many years he dabbled in song-writing, verse, and other types of factual accounts. This included hyperbolic match reports for Haringey Rugby Club of which he says he is still justly proud.
He always believed himself to have little or no imagination so when, one morning between junctions 18 and 19 of the M25, the idea for Adam’s Lock came to him he was surprised and encouraged to take it further. Much research into local history and into the eighteenth century penal system followed, eventually leading to the beginnings of a tale he felt he needed to tell.
Two more books are planned to complete the Adam’s Lock trilogy. Work has already begun on a follow-up which opens in a New South Wales penal colony and ends several years, and many thousands of miles, later on the other side of the world. The third book is planned to take place in the dark years which led up to and culminated in the tragedy of the First World War.
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The story of one village’s quest to uncover its past and understand the divide that is tearing it in two.