The author of six hugely popular novels set in North London, Victor Pemberton's writing has a distinctive charm and an unusual breadth
Agnes Dodds walked out of the small Islington house which she had called home, leaving her husband and four children, and disappeared into the streets of a London devastated by the Blitz. For her eldest daughter Amy there is no time to feel sorry, it is all she can do to hold the family together. With no mother and a father who is useless, Amy sees little hope for the future until she meets Tim Gudgeon. Tim, who is secretly in love with Amy, believes that he has seen Agnes. Suddenly Amy is full of determination to find Agnes and discover why she left. But Agnes took with her a secret strong enough to drive a mother from her children and one that Amy may wish she had never heard...
With so many novels using a war-time setting, it takes a special writer to ensure that his book stands out from the throng. Victor Pemberton is such a writer, and Goodnight Amy is a wonderfully detailed and involving study of a community surviving the destruction of war. Pemberton effortlessly creates the atmosphere of wartime London; his heroine is drawn with real affection, and his plotting is particularly sharp: he draws our attention away from the central mystery, only to make us share his heroine's determination to solve it when the time is right - Barry Forshaw, Amazon.co.uk
Victor Pemberton was the well-loved author of fourteen novels set in London. His first novel Our Family began as a radio play he wrote of the same name inspired by his own upbringing. Victor was also a successful radio playwright and TV producer, who worked with some of the great names of entertainment, including Benny Hill and Dodie Smith. He had a longstanding correspondence with Stan Laurel and scripted and produced many of the BBC's 'Dr Who' series. He also worked as a producer for Jim Henson, and set up his own production company, whose first TV documentary won an Emmy Award. Victor Pemberton passed away in 2017.