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By: Robin E.L. Disney

The Cry of the Curlew

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The Cry of the Curlew tells the harrowing tale of Marnie, an Albanian refugee whose life is marked by constant upheaval and danger. The story begins with her dramatic rescue from an Essex Marsh by an elderly woman, setting the stage for a life perpetually shadowed by misfortune.

Marnie’s journey is a tumultuous one. Just as she begins to find solace with a new family, the intrusion of the council upends her life once more. Her situation grows even more perilous when an inheritance draws the attention of the Albanian Mafia, demanding repayment for her father’s debts to people smugglers.

Faced with overwhelming threats, Marnie is forced into slavery. Yet, her indomitable spirit leads her to escape and find refuge with another family, hoping for a life far removed from her turbulent past. However, the shadows of her debt loom large, and the sense of danger is ever-present.

This novel delves deep into themes of love, loss, and the devaluation of human life at the hands of people smugglers. It portrays the desperate struggle of individuals trying to escape poverty and their relentless search for love and belonging. The story oscillates between moments of humor and profound sadness, highlighting the resilience and kindness of people even in the face of the harsh realities of the modern world.

Through Marnie’s eyes, The Cry of the Curlew offers a poignant reflection on the immense challenges faced by refugees. It is a moving narrative that calls for empathy and understanding towards those who endure unimaginable hardships in their quest for a better life.

Robin Disney, a retired engineer, has traveled the world in less safe times and places. Having been helped in precarious situations and seen the kindness of people who endangered themselves to assist him, he developed an appreciation for the compassion and goodness that often lies at the core of humanity. A love of sailing, swimming, and traveling has led him to meet people around the globe, reinforcing his belief that deep down, we are all the same. Having been arrested, jailed, and even targeted by assassins in various countries, Robin can hopefully convey some of the emotions evoked when confronting life’s difficulties. With a passion for literature and great admiration for iconic English writers, he felt compelled to try his own hand at writing, purely for personal fulfillment. Now retired on the South Coast, Robin felt the urge to bring some of those poignant experiences to life through the journeys of fictional characters. Hopefully you will enjoy this first literary foray born of adventures on the high seas and faraway lands.

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