Novels

The Whitby Trilogy

This series of three novels recites the vicissitudes of the leading members of a huge middleclass English family of slaughtermen and butchers. Out of nineteenth century coalminers, smallholders and stockbreeders and via meat purveyors and shopkeepers, the twenty-first century produces a fifth-generation globe-trotting computer software expert possessing the resolute intent of his forbears.

The first main character, Eugene Whitby, sees himself as a post-war successful businessman. But is he merely seeking atonement for a lost love? Spurred on by an older brother and resented by another, his revelations to a family outsider leads to criminal examination. The reader will question the Whitby clan’s place in modern English history


Part 1 Eugene
Eugene is a love story which spans decades and thousands of miles, separating star-crossed lovers at a tumultuous time in world history.

Can You Really Be Sure You Truly Know Someone?

The Far East was a forbidden, unsavoury place to be, if local opinion was to be believed. Eugene discovered it to be quite the opposite, and found himself falling deeply in love for the first time with the beautiful Chit. In this Myanmar love story, set thousands of miles apart, will Eugene ever come to terms with losing his first love?

Eugene is a poignant look into the life of a man haunted by an abandoned love. Taking place shortly after the second world war, young Eugene, a deeply traumatised RAF conscript, returns to his childhood home. Eugene moves through post-war British life enjoying great success, but is still haunted by his lost love, a Burmese nurse called Chit.

Part 2 Pearl
A Classic Modern Detective Story

Pearl, the sequel to Eugene, is a classic modern detective story that picks up right where we left off. We find Pearl struggling to accept that her deceased friend Eugene committed multiple murders back in 1956. She is merely an amateur sleuth with only a Burmese student Kyaw to help delve into the past. The odds of success are slim and at times her faith is sorely tested. Conversely Marcus, a successful stock market day trader, has a burning moral obligation to prove that Eugene was a killer. It is the unexpected that shocks.

 


Part 3 Luke

Luke was a grandson of Molly one of the thirteen children of the Whitby clan. As a young boy he ran errands for his great uncle Harold who became his benefactor. He helped Harold put his valuable stamp collection on-line.

While promoting computer studies to the new intake at Nottingham University he met Kyaw, a Burmese student who he later married. He assisted a police cold case review into the disappearance in 1956 of two of the Whitby brothers. He never accepted that Harold was responsible for a crime.

Children’s Books by John G Smith

The Adventures of Eugene

Eugene was a butcher-boy. When he was only twelve years old he could make sausages and pies and cut up joints of meat. But, when he was eighteen, he was sent to Burma to drop rice from an aeroplane to villagers starving in the jungle. The Japanese soldiers were running scared.

Eugene fell in love with a beautiful Burmese girl named Chit but when he returned to England, she was not allowed to come with him. They were both very sad. Years later he married Dorothy and they opened only the second supermarket in England. Things started to go wrong.

There was an explosion down a coal mine, a terrible car crash and then Dorothy died: but how? Worse was to come. Two brothers disappeared without trace and then a farmer’s dog sniffed out a man’s arm buried in a field. The police came to see Eugene. Had he killed his brothers after a family argument.