Jack Be Nimble

£9.99

A saga that spans six decades across two countries in Burgundy and Derbyshire. At its heart is a love story, that survives the tumultuous social changes of the last sixty years. By turns humorous, it blends romance, mystery and the value of second chances. An affectionate, and well observed history of our times.

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Nancy is fostered at around the age of five, after being found wandering around the Railway Orphanage. Her life with Edna her foster mum and Bill, Edna’s lodger, in the back-streets of Derby is relatively happy, until Bill’s obsession with Nancy turns ugly. Nancy flees and is able to embark on a totally different life.

Jack fifteen years younger meets Nancy at the Rolls-Royce factory. He is a draughtsman, and she is secretary to one of the directors. Their short but passionate affair is brought to a brutal halt when Bill reappears. In the intervening decades Jack battles with his loss of Nancy, his disastrous marriage to Mary and the conundrum surrounding his father’s death. Nancy with skill and courage ploughs her own way, eventually finding contentment. Forty years later when Jack and Nancy meet by accident, courtesy of Nimble the dog, who too was abandoned, they are finally able to untangle the spectre of the past before it is too late.

“Chris Palmer tells a story full of wisdom and humour, in language that fairly crackles. It sweeps over time and borders in the company of characters you come to care about. This is a first novel that will leave you looking forward to her next”. – IMTIAZ DHARKER, poet

4 reviews for Jack Be Nimble

  1. admin1

    Decades, countries, genres JBN is a tale that spans them all. It is the debut adult novel of Christine Palmer and does not lack ambition. It is a story of regret, love and takes predominately in England and Burgundy between 1944 and 2015. It tells of a tragically short love affair that gets a breath of new life. It is perhaps an appropriate these as although this is Palmer’s first adult fiction novel, she is no debutant to the world.

    The Connexion

  2. admin1

    A terrific summer read from Christine Palmer. Spanning several decades of the 20th and 21st centuries if is full of feisty characters all making their way through life’s challenges and dealing with an ever changing society. Told in the present tense back and forth across the years is it impossible not to get involved in what, in the end, is a great love story and how it impacts on so many lives. You won’t want to put it down.

    Amazon Review

  3. admin1

    I have this thing about books, I live inside them, almost if I was there, reading about Jack and Nancy in ‘Jack be Nimble’ was as real as my neighbours next door. I may well send you the bill for tissues.

    Joy

  4. admin1

    “Chris Palmer tells a story full of wisdom and humour, in language that fairly crackles. It sweeps over time and borders in the company of characters you come to care about. This is a first novel that will leave you looking forward to her next”.

    IMTIAZ DHARKER

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