'Julian Ruck has done it again! He is an ebullient and talented raconteur.' - Welsh Books Council
'Julian Ruck could probably earn a fortune from men, on how to get inside a woman's head!' - Annie Doyle
” Julian Ruck’s style is distinctive and vigorous, in tune with the attitudes and of the time he recreates and the growing sensibilities of his central characters.” - Caroline Clarke, Welsh Books Council
“A fascinating read.” Steve Allen, LBC
‘The meteoric rise of “Britain’s Greatest Boy Soprano” back in the mid 1930′s rivalled that of any X Factor overnight sensation.’ Daily Express
‘The undertone of innocence soon to be lost is cleverly weaved through the historical setting and the characters’ maturation…..there’s enough to keep readers involved!’ Buzz magazine
WHY BUY THIS BOOK
The Silver Songsters is written to entertain and compel, with its page-turning narrative and fast moving twists and turns. Here is a story full to the brim with humour, love, emotion and suspense, forcing the reader to race to the end.
The story is based on true events, making the The Silver Songsters a realistic and timeless read.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Fame is fleeting but friendship lasts a lifetime.
It is 1938, the story is about two boy sopranos aged fourteen, one a rascal from Llantwit Major, South Wales, and the other, a Jewish refugee fleeing from Nazi Germany. Young John Rees, takes the newly arrived refugee Issy Kaddar, under his wing when they are introduced to each other at a Church choir in South Wales and thus begins a series of adventures around the country with Steffani’s Silver Songsters, culminating in John being billed as ‘Britain’s Greatest Boy Soprano’ at the London Palladium – with Issy always at his side. They meet many a famous singer and variety act of that time and become the equivalent of today’s super stars.
A chorus girl tests the two boys to the limits of their youthful exuberance, budding manhood and not to mention the deep loyalty that they feel for one another. Will their friendship survive the calculating wiles of such a beautiful and streetwise young woman?
In the meantime, there are sub-plots of loving deceit and emotional turmoil running through the security of their own families back home.
The thrust of the story relies on how boyhood friendship can endure and flourish into manhood and old age, in spite of being threatened by betrayal and terrible tragedy. It is about sacrifice and the emotional commitment of male friendship.
As with all Ruck’s novels, the real twist in the tale doesn’t arrive until the Epilogue is read.
Readers will be on the edge of their seats to find out the truth.
Based on true events, the Silver Songsters will move and inspire. It is a novel not easily forgotten.