A Plum Job

It’s 1940. Germany’s military might is smashing through the Low Countries and the British, Belgian and French forces are trapped at Dunkirk. The Nazis will soon be in Gay Paree.  Louise Wellesley is a gorgeous and aristocratic young Englishwoman desperate to become an actress. But her upbringing demands that young women of her class go to finishing school, the Buckingham Palace debutante ball, and then remain at home until the right chap comes along. Such young ladies most definitely do not cavort semi-naked upon the wicked stage. But war brings change. People tell lies. Rules are broken, and so when Louise becomes a spy and finds herself in the French capital and living by her wits while facing arrest, torture, and death from the French police, Resistance, Gestapo and a double-agent, she had bloody well better remember her lines, act out of her skin and never ever bump into the furniture. Mind you, it helps if your new best friend is Edith Piaf.


Cenarth Fox tells his story with prose that carries the reader along its fluid course—often with a wry dose of humor. A Plum Job is a tale of two lives, one the life of a cheeky English schoolgirl, the other a bold and independent young woman who bares her breasts on stage in Paris and outwits the Gestapo. The scenes are exquisitely set and the characters fully fledged. For the fan of historical fiction, A Plum Job is required reading. Scott Skipper

A Plum Job is about passion and perseverance, about missed opportunities and great losses. Against the backdrop of a fresh world war and suspicion on both sides it is more than just a tale of a wannabe actress. The fictional tale Fox has woven through historical events is captivating and filled with drama and excitement, it’s even a little bit heartbreaking to be honest. It’s not 100% historically accurate but it is hard to put down all the same with a story that’s filled with drama, excitement, and suspense. There are numerous surprises and unexpected things that keep you interested and engaged and it’s a compelling story, you’re never quite sure where it is heading but you don’t mind the journey getting there. Amy Brownlee

I found it hard to put down. I kept getting annoyed by the thought that I was unable to discern the reality and the fictional. I found the light and shade worked very well. Reading about Plum was a pleasure but I kept laying the book aside after the Nazi episodes for a day or so of recovery. Congratulations on a job so intelligently put together. Trevor Blum

Throughout the story Louise is involved in dramatic performances and there are many references to well-known lines of famous plays and poems. (These I thoroughly enjoyed.) I also enjoyed the gentle humour throughout the book. The title of the book is very cleverly inserted into the closing of the story. It is well defined on the cover as a theatrical thriller, a tale of romance, death, lies and spies. Jocelyn Grieve

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Cassocked Savage

This novel is based on the hugely-successful play Saucy Pat. See Plays – Two-act Plays.

Patrick Brontë, father of the famous novelist sisters, was of lowly Irish birth. His father was kidnapped, enslaved and abused. But Pat’s illiterate dad survived, married and Patrick was born in a two-room cottage. He had 9 younger siblings. From humble origins, Pat became an amazing teacher winning a scholarship to Cambridge graduating with honours. He was a Church of England priest for 55 years, had six children, three of whom—Charlotte, Emily and Anne—became and still are famous novelists.

But Patrick copped a bad press. Elizabeth Gaskell wrote a biography about Patrick’s daughter Charlotte. Mrs Gaskell ripped into Patrick; so severely that critics inferred he was ‘a cassocked savage’ and ‘a mad dog who should be shot’. Really? Biographers pushed the Gaskell line for 150+ years. Brontë the bastard. Pat’s reputation was set in cemetery stone. But no longer. Now his gripping, true story can be told. And what a story. The redhead from County Down was brilliant. He was a poet, novelist, hero and way ahead of his time. He gave his children a fabulous education with giant dollops of love. He inspired them to write. He was a fierce advocate for health, education and social reform. And he loved dogs! Meet the unsung hero from the Yorkshire moors—the redhead with the ‘right’ reputation.


A splendid story, reading like a Victorian melodrama … the convincing story of Patrick’s family life at Haworth. Louise Joy
Portrays the life of Brontë in remarkable style giving a deeper insight into a famous literary family. Rev. Philip Higgins
I absolutely loved this book. Patrick Brontë was a Man of Sorrows. Marie Ryan Readings and Writings
Cenarth Fox has seized the day to revisit Patrick Brontë, an extraordinary man who encouraged his children to read, to think, and hence to imagine. Geraldine Starbrook
I loved the book and I loved Patrick. All the characters are so believable. They made me cry. Veronica Hannebery
I laughed and cried in my journey through the pages … a beautifully written portrait of poor old PatrickJonne Herbert
Wonderfully evocative—Patrick’s fabulous journey from poverty in Ireland to the Yorkshire I know and love. Steve Stanworth (Churchwarden and Site co-ordinator for the Bronte Bell Chapel, Thornton)

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