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August 04 , 2007

A Fateful Aberration


A dark, mysterious and vicious mentality, a frothy concoction of cheap scent and low cleavage, and a social

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conscience schooled in the works of Mary Wollstonecraft and Ibsen.These are the explosive ingredients of this

enovel, based literally at the coal face, and in the violence and hardship which surrounds it.
My novel, A Fateful Aberration, has its genesis in my interests in both working class history and the development

of social ideas. The cauldron of working life in northern England in the 1880’s threw up both ideas and heros;

pathos, humour and tragedy.
Our hero, if he can be called such a name, has received a raw deal from life, and learned that ruthlessness and

violence can be deployed to his advantage.
His girlfriend, (one of many, but the one who has stuck), is Ida, a frothy concoction of cheap scent, low cleavage

and wild and colourful language.
Then Fiona arrives on the scene. Daughter of a mine owner, well educated, sensitive, a radical with a social

conscience. Noakes is captivated by her, as she is by him. Is Noakes' interest in her money and status, or in her,

we never really know, and it is questionable whether Noakes himself ever really works this out. This does however

point up one of the central questions raised in the novel, people as means, or people as ends.

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