Bio: Bill Albert was born in New York and grew up in Southern California. He moved to England in 1964 and until recently taught history at the university in Norwich, where he still lives with his wife, his young daughter, and occasionally, their other four children. Besides writing, he is active in the disability movement. His first novel was Desert Blues.
He had arrived in America in 1887, but we first met him in 1906 when it seemed he may be approaching the end of his story, for he has been arrested for killing the ex-governor of Idaho, a murder which led to one of the most celebrated trials of the period. The men questioning him want him to implicate Big Bill Haywood, leader of the IWW and the Western Federation of Miners. Wanting to save himself, he tells the detectives stories they want to hear. He also tells stories he wants us to hear. They... more info>>
On the fifth day of July, 1957, Harold Abelstein's father, Norman, tried to make a U-turn on the Pasadena Freeway. A short time later, Harold awoke in a hospital bed battered and parentless. That was bad enough. Worse was that his remaining relative was Aunt Enid and everything about Aunt Enid embarrassed him. Wearing too much make up and not enough clothes, she talked loudly and touched everyone, especially Harold. He didn't like being touched. Having to deal with each other, Harold and Enid ar... more info>>