IN THE SHADOW OF THE EYE by Kathy Lavelle is Published

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  • (1888PressRelease) October 09, 2014 - About the Book:
    For tourists, the London Eye is a central attraction and thousands queue every day to obtain a panoramic view of the city. But for Kevin, a homeless man living on the river embankment in the shadow of the London Eye, viewing its fairy-like lights through the branches from his home in Cardboard City, it is a symbol of his life going round and round and getting nowhere. The novel provides an insight into the injustices in the lives of the homeless. Kevin befriends Jock who has an alcohol problem and they are joined by Mahmud, a boy who has run away from home and Monika, a frightened young East European girl who was the victim of a human-trafficking ring and suddenly goes missing. Kevin visits "The Shelter", which supplies food and some basic comforts for the homeless. He meets Kate, a full-time teacher who does voluntary work in "The Shelter". She sees something special in Kevin and wants to learn more about his background but is bound by the rules of "The Shelter".

    The story has many layers; homelessness, depression, dependency, general disaffection, racism, human trafficking, murder and mystery. The focus is on Kevin but lurking in the shadows is a dark, mysterious character who is watching his every move. This is a book about loss and love but this sinister character in the background will do all he can to ruin Kevin's happiness. Why is he is in this situation? Will Kate find out more about his circumstances? But behind the scenes, and weaving his way through the book, lurking in the shadows, we have a dark, mysterious character who appears to be watching Kevin's every move. It is a book about loss and the discovery of love but this sinister character in the background will do all in his power to jeopardise Kevin's happiness.

    About the Author:
    Kathy Lavelle was born into a small British rural community whose main source of income was generated through agriculture. In the 40s and 50s, she was saddened by the inequality in her community, especially the exploitation of the poor, the uneducated and the mentally challenged individuals with whom she grew up. She witnessed the abuse and injustices that were often done to young people, especially orphans and young pregnant girls, who had been taken advantage of or manipulated by a community dominated by the churches and the so-called pillars of society. There were times when the church could become a strong voice in the community and worked alongside a Mental Health system that operated with all of these in a manner more akin to a secret society of sorts.

    Kathy later spread her wings and moved to London where she qualified as a teacher, then took an Open University BA Degree, a Masters Degree in the study of Special Educational Needs, and after her retirement she studied for a BA in English and Creative Writing, which led to this her first novel. Throughout her career, she taught in Nottingham, Ireland and California. She was a primary school Principal in London for the final twenty years of her teaching life.

    Kathy has been married to Michael for 43 years. They have four children. She is now a Chaplain and voluntary hospital worker in East London and works with the homeless in Westminster. In her limited spare time, she has a keen interest in playing bridge.

    This is Kathy's second novel, having previously published Baby in the Biscuit Tin with Chipmunka Publishing.

    IN THE SHADOW OF THE EYE can be ordered from Amazon in both paperback and e-book formats at:

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    Kathy Lavelle's Literary Agent:
    Darin Jewell, Managing Director, The Inspira Group Literary Agency, 5 Bradley Road, Enfield, England EN3 6ES
    Tel. 0208 292 5163
    E-mail: darin ( @ ) theinspiragroup dot com.

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