Michael Yates was a reporter and later film critic with the Sheffield Star. He taught playwriting at Harrogate Theatre and creative writing for the WEA.
He has had a dozen plays performed in the north of England, including in Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Liverpool and Manchester.
He has also been Poet in Residence in Whitby, Wakefield Cathedral and Wakefield Hospitals. His other books include The Bronte Boy, Homer's ODC, Short Shorts and
Dying is the Last Thing You Ever Want to Do
Seventeen year-old Josie is a miner's daughter, a good Catholic girl, and brilliant at school. She might even get to university because her Aunt May
has come into some insurance money.
But then a man called Hitler invades Poland and her whole world is ravaged
by the violence of war. And then there's a different violence close to her Yorkshire home - when Josie falls for a handsome rogue called Denny who introduces her to the criminal underworld she never knew existed.
Before long, it's not just the German bombers who are killing her friends. And Josie has got herself a gun.