Crooked Usage was my entry for the 2010 Write A Novel in a Month project. It’s a historical novel, a mystery set in a quiet North London Street in February/March 1947,
London, 1947. Johnny Wilmot and his family are trying to rebuild their lives and cope with the continuing rationing during the harshest winter in living memory. But unknown to them their house contains an ancient secret, forced into the open by the freezing weather and the shattered infrastructure of the country. Johnny is convinced that he can hear ghosts creeping about the place at night, but nobody believes him. Meanwhile, a nearby Bomb Disposal is making some alarming discoveries and a Black Marketing king is slowly heading their way, having heard whispers of the house’s secret.
I managed to complete the 50,000 words and the novel is currently undergoing revision, plus all the research I ought to have completed before I started it.
Crooked Usage exists – it used to be part of Hendon Lane, but was separated, rather in the manner of an Oxbow Lake, in the 19th Century. I used to pass it on the bus from Tally Ho corner in Finchley to Brent Cross shopping centre.