The French Letter King by Thea Hartley
This is the first book in the “French Letter” trilogy.
Tommy Horton arrived in Merthyr Tydfil in 1900, from the pit village of Sengenydd, determined to make his fortune.
He became a costermonger, ventured into scrap metal and pawn broking; spent time in jail; started a boxing stable; bought a football club and, his greatest achievement, opened a rubber factory to make "French letters."
Tom led a colourful life, which was reflected in both professional and personal milieu. He suffered personal tragedy and brought up his only son Ron, developing a volatile love / hate relationship with him.
This tumultuous story takes place against the background of two world wars and the immense social changes in the South Wales Valleys.
Number of Words: 79000
Published: Oct 2015
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