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By: Nell Johnson

Goodbye William

Pages: 198 Ratings: 4.8
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Isabelle is a young woman with a fierce spirit and unwavering determination. At 15, she realizes her dream of studying music in Paris, but her heart remains with the man she loves. Despite being celebrated as a virtuoso violinist, family conflict and societal expectations threaten to stifle her passion and creativity.


Desperate for escape, Isabelle turns to the free-spirited community of Gypsies along the river, but tragedy strikes and she is forced to return to Paris. With the support of her beloved, Isabelle finds the courage to pursue her revolutionary ideals, but the path ahead is fraught with danger. A tale of love, courage, and the fight for one’s dreams, Isabelle’s journey will captivate and inspire readers.

Nell Johnson began her career as an actress at the age of sixteen. She spent many years working in theatre, film and television, performing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and many classic plays, and musicals, including her favourite, Gypsy. In the series Prisoner, she played Sarah Higgins for a year in Australia. She realised very early that the imaginary world was the place for her. The shock of her older sister, a prodigy and a concert pianist, cleaning the floors of their parents’ home; drove her to vacate and venture where the green grass grew. All was forgiven after her sister presented a sparkling raindrop on a rounded green leaf, as the Fairy Queen. A vivid memory on her third birthday that survived the passage of time. After writing many film scripts and producing, directing and writing a short film, she progressed to writing an older children’s book followed by the classic novel Goodbye William. The late Roy Dotrice encouraged her work as a writer.

Customer Reviews
4.8
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4 reviews
  • Jane

    I enjoyed this book and felt transported back to the past, I enjoyed the twists and turns and loved all the different characters and locations
    A very good read!

  • Beatrix

    An excellent read! Beautiful scenes.

  • Enjoyable story

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the gypsies by the River, the Parisian Cafe, and all the characters bought together by one young woman. Beautifully written.

  • Angela

    Beautifully written. This book was easy to read. Transports the reader from the English countryside to the streets and Cafes of Paris in the early 1920s. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and look forward to more from this author.

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