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Novelist. Author of APSARAS and tales from the beautiful Saigh Valley. First person to quantify spiritual values.

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Friday, 22 May 2020

Attention all film makers!


              Attention Film-makers                                              

Is there a filmmaker out there looking for some good stories that could be woven into the bigger tapestry of the world’s most followed game, beset by burgeoning problems of corruption and fraud. 


Each of the seventeen stories continues the theme of good and evil, building the tension as all attention becomes focused on the chief protagonist, the Agent. Ideal for television series.

There follows a brief summary of the stories.
For those interested in ‘diversity’, these stories feature all walks of life.





                                       The George at Bustington

 By

Kevill Davies

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SYNOPSIS

The headline in the Daily Mail 4th February 2013, read:

Champions League match in England was 'rigged' by Asian crime gang: Europol launches biggest-ever match-fixing investigation into 380 games

  • EU crime agency say 425 match officials, club officials, players and criminals are suspected of being involved
  • Champions League fixture in England in last three to four years was targeted
  • Asia-based crime syndicate paid individuals up to £120,000
How apposite that ‘The George at Bustington’ should appear at this time, a novel that contains as a continuous thread throughout, the twin themes of corruption and tragedy.
Every professional team, around the world, in sports, ranging from football, rugby, American football to ice hockey, have in common a group of players, assembled, trained and otherwise prepared by the Club Management, who are collectively called the ‘Squad’.
This book tells the stories of some members of one such ‘Squad’ and others connected to the Bustington Wanderers football team as narrated, principally, by the landlord, in the public bar of his inn, the ‘George’.
Although the public perception of these players is as a team, a collective body of skills and abilities, they have, however, personal lives and private stories, and as such these tales are not necessarily about football although the game appears from time to time. It would be unusual if it did not do so.

When author, Jack Lord, meets his Literary Agent to discuss the subject of his next novel, he faces stern opposition to his idea that he writes about the game of football. His agent, Geoffrey Fuller-Smythe suggests they go and meet Henry Bagshot, former player and landlord of the ‘George’, an inn in the Saigh Valley town of Bustington to see if he can offer advice.
Following a reunion of the old friends, they agree to meet regularly at the inn to hear Henry’s stories of Club personnel, past and present, and see if any of them could form the basis of a novel. However as the stories of, for example, incest, homosexuality, gambling, the supernatural and piracy, emerge, Geoffrey recognises their diversity mirrors life in a way that would engage the reading public’s attention. He proposes that Jack writes a book consisting of, not one, but several stories, punctuated with commentary. It has been a successful format in the past, he suggested; Boccaccio’s ‘Decameron’, Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ and the ‘Pickwick Papers’ by Dickens are all examples of the genre.
As the seventeen ‘novels’, to use Boccaccio’s designation, are told and dutifully written down by the author they are unaware that they are gradually being sucked into the biggest story of them all; that of the wicked football agent, Chanda Abassi. As he becomes ever more entangled in his own web of corruption and deceit that embraces the Mafia and gambling syndicates from Asia, the ‘George’ moves to centre stage in Novel 17, The Agent, and becomes the setting for a dramatic conclusion.

Novel length:   130,000 words
Genre:   General fiction. An anthology of novellas


Storylines

The Referee

Referee, Mike Todds, brought up in an East London crime family, considered himself to be a fair and just person with a strong sense of right and wrong.
When confronted with the opportunity to make immoral money by betraying the game he loved, he decided to take on the gangs head on with horrific consequences.

The Goalkeeper


Jim Bennion, besides being a top-class goalkeeper is also a thief. He regarded a shopping trip as the course of a game of football, full of chances but ever mindful of keeping a ‘clean sheet’. However, Bennion is a marked man and always likely to score an ‘own goal’.

The Club Owner


Mike Truckwell, always seems to fall on his feet. Although trained for Church Truckwell made his fortune selling, among other things, porn and bought the Club, Bustington Wanderers, for the specific task of laundering money.

The Centre Halves


Simon Cawdell is a predatory homosexual. John ‘Roy’ Rogers falls under his spell having split from his wife and finding his true sexuality. However, Cawdell has an agenda that exploits his fellow player with disastrous consequences.

The Right Winger


Alan Parsons attracted girls as flowers attract bees. He didn’t differentiate, he enjoyed the company of all shapes and sizes but he had a particular craving for the young. In this story, Parsons discovers that his latest conquest is family and the outcome is dire.

The Left Back


Two friends fall out when a young lady moves into their neighbourhood causing an irrevocable rift.  When Veronica becomes pregnant, both boys claim paternity leading to a surprising but disastrous outcome.

The Striker


Gareth Smith followed his father, Dan’s advice in most matters but struggled to ignore his plea to ignore his long-term girl friend, Wendy. When Dan dies in the stands, following a match, Gareth discovers papers that expose the old man’s sins, leading to the suicide of Wendy’s father and other disruptions.

The Right Back


Somalian player, Abukar, is blackmailed into giving cash to buy armaments for terrorists in his native home. The only solution seems to be to rescue his mother and sisters from war-torn Mogadishu. Using the expertise of an ex special forces soldier, the footballer embarks on a hazardous journey that depends on the efforts of a mercenary US agent and his private army. A story of betrayal and the best of human nature in one.

The Left Winger


Alan Ives was disappointed when his father, Ray took another wife and thereby risking the familial harmony. However, his dismay is exacerbated when Margaret, the new wife turns her amorous advances on him much to the annoyance of his sister, Penny. The local Church has the answer.



The Physio


Club physio, Diana Andrews, has an admirer within the Club who will go to any lengths to secure her affection, including kidnap. In a race against time, the police identify her place of confinement but can they save her from a bizarre death ritual.

The Ex Player


Landlord, Henry Bagshot, narrator of the stories tells how his generosity towards a young boy led to a nightmare confrontation with his mother, a woman who hadn’t come to terms with the loss of her husband in the Falkland war with Argentina.


The Apprentice


Apprentice footballer, Stephen Norris, was in the habit of  visiting his girlfriend Millicent King unaware that her father was an addicted user of prostitutes. Millicent’s mother, bored with empty evenings during her husband’s many absences, slowly and almost imperceptibly began a flirtatious campaign to lure the youngster to her empty bed.
When Millicent found her boyfriend in the arms of her mother she committed suicide unable to cope with her mother’s betrayal. It was the day when her father decided to address his problem and returned home early to find a scene of nightmareish proportions.


The Manager


The team manager, Harry Little, besides being an indifferent manager, was also a gambling addict made worse by the fact that he was a loser. When his system to break the bookies failed he resorted to borrowing money from some known crooks, a move that cost him and wife, Sandra, their home. However, a minor mishap at Cheltenham races allows Harry to dream of reversing his fortune at the Grand National meeting at Aintree.


The Left Half


Graham Wells was a footballer. He also thought he was Jesus. So strong was this feeling that he considered the team as his twelve disciples, with Judas on the bench.
When he decided to leave home, the house and its occupant, a young girl called Rose, chose him to be the new owner. However as the story of the house and Rose unfolds, Graham learns that being Jesus isn’t an easy option as he’s called upon to make difficult judgements especially concerning his own family.





The Right Centre


Miles Shawcross, was the Club’s most stylish player. Consummate in his approach to every facet of the game he even practiced falling over at every little touch by the opponents so as to gain free kicks from gullible referees. Miles also had an acute sense of right and wrong. If he was pushed, no matter how hard, it constituted a foul. He had the same attitude to life and its injustices so that when he was asked to help a family in financial difficulties because of a mutual adversary, he rose to the challenge


The Centre Forward


Roberto da Vinci was the dream signing for reasons that only partially touched on the Italian’s footballing skills. Unbeknown to him he carried on his person the key to unlocking the secret of the Vatican’s missing millions, sought after not only by the Holy See but, the agent, Chanda Abassi, the Mafia, East London gangs and the Asian, gambling and crime syndicates.


The Agent


Chanda Abassi was, despite the gathering of his enemies, optimistic about retrieving the missing Vatican money and marrying, Fiona, the daughter of Club owner, Mike Truckwell. But his plans begin to unwind, culminating in a dramatic showdown on his wedding day.





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