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Fermented Spirits-bookcover

By: Robert Adams

Fermented Spirits

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Stevie Monroe and John Beverage have been friends since childhood. They are now settled in the Gorbals, a Glasgow slum. Stevie is elated when his French wife, Camile, becomes pregnant with their one and only son. John Beverage and his wife, Caroline, already have two sons. The last thing they need is yet another mouth to feed.

It’s 1902, the working classes are suffering from extreme poverty and exploitation. Men line the docks in droves on a daily basis looking for work. Even when you have a trade, as Stevie and John do, work is extremely dangerous. Drunkenness is a perennial cause of casual cruelty. Boot-legging is rife. John sets up a family distillery for some extra cash to survive, but turns more and more towards the drink himself, dishing out back-handers to his family.

Stevie, meanwhile, lives his life as a shipbuilding sheet metal worker – a friend, a husband, a father, and a man with a deviance that has to be kept secret at all costs. Deviant sexual practices are abhorred, resulting in life imprisonment, suicide and murder. For homosexual men, especially those from the working classes, Britain is in the dark ages. Navigating this world leads Stevie to a life wrought with worry, confusion, murder and love.

Robert Adams was raised in Glasgow, Scotland. As a child, he was an avid short-story writer and this carried on into adulthood. He attended Edinburgh College of Art, where he graduated in fine arts. Over the years, he has worked in a number of jobs; including cleaning, bar work, teaching, management and leadership development. Robert has published a business book and numerous articles in business and training magazines, has continued to exhibit his artwork and has published a number of short stories. Fermented Spirits is the first in his series of historical novels.

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