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From first stirrings of wanting to write at around fifteen, I spent my life doing other things, from my trade as a carpenter & joiner, from engineering to farming to scale models, looking forward to the freedom to write full-time. When that time came, the story evolved from the original idea of two families, one upriver from the other, and the problems that arise from one person falling for another; this simple scenario developed into something much wider, drawing upon my lifelong interest in the workings of the Port of Bristol, and close knowledge of the Wye Valley.
My second book 'Upriver' was published in May 2021. Perhaps best described as 'A Companion to the Novel', it is a novella-length account which expands on the historical events and characters of my first novel. It is the 'History' that is written by Alice Rossetti's grandfather, and forms a continuous thread through that story.
My website: www.gordonwilliams.uk
On a dead December day in 1996, Alice Rossetti Greerson finds something that powerfully links her to Captain Phillip Rossetti, her beloved ancestor. It replaces the perfect love she thought she’d found, and continues a journey that took her from a lost boy in France to a husband who failed her, and leads finally to the tragic limerence that changes her life for ever.
In a story that ranges widely from the English port of Bristol at the end of its years in the slave trade to the tranquility of the Wye Valley, Alice weaves a tangled web she could never have imagined at the outset. Those who care for her the most are unable to help her, and she craves forgiveness for the secret crime she fears she will never be free of.
UPRIVER is a companion to Gordon Williams's novel The Limerence of Alice Rossetti, and is an in-depth account of the intrigues and turbulent times of Alice Rossetti's ancestors, from their beginnings in Genoa in the north of Italy in the late 1700s, through their Bristol years and up to the 1990s and the time of Alice's troubles. It takes us through the final years of Bristol's slave trade and the Industrial Revolution, to the workings of the Rossetti and Bennett families through the World Wars and up to the 'quiet revenge' taken by Peter Matthew Bennett on his unscrupulous father.
The creation of this 'History' by Alice's grandfather Peter takes place in the storyline of The Limerence of Alice Rossetti, and expands on the historical events and characters that are a crucial part of the Novel.