No Chance for the Children: Downside Road Published by Outskirts Press

Novelist Jerry Turner presents a gritty saga of the demise of a family headed by a former Army captain in WWII who never recovers from shell shock or from his failure to save a young girl in the Resistance when the prison they are in is bombed.

Obergösgen, Switzerland, March 21, 2012 --( Author Jerry Turner announced today the release of Downside Road, published by Outskirts Press. Based on a true story, Turner’s novel is the poignant tale of a man who wobbles through life, never recovering from his inability to save a young Resistance worker during WWII, and when finally given the opportunity to meet her and see he did in fact save her life, he bungles that moment of potential self-forgiveness as well.

After WWII Roy Jenkins is invalided out of the Army and returns home to Chelsea, where he bounces from one menial job to another until he finally runs into Gladys Blackstone, a shop assistant at the bakery where he has started working as a delivery man. Plagued by terrible dreams and crushing headaches, failed in one marriage already, Roy is nonetheless a handsome, debonair fellow and Gladys falls for him.

Will Roy, Gladys and their children ever have a chance to be a normal family?
After the war, in the fifties, life was bleak for many -- as it is for many today -- and author Jerry Turner shows, compassionately, that a man with a handicap can fail, through very little fault of his own.

Downside Road is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4327-8431-7 SRP: $19.95
Kindle $ 9.99
e-Book $ 5.00
Genre: Fiction/drama/English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

About the author:

Jerry Turner was born in the coastal town of Weston-super-Mare in the United Kingdom where he grew up with his sister and their adoptive parents. He now lives in Switzerland and is a lecturer.

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