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Shenkin by Davey Davies

Shenkin by Davey Davies

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Today I am on the Blog Tour for Shenkin and I am here with a guest post from the author for you all.

Before I share that though, here’s some information on the book.

Title: Shenkin
Author: Davey Davies
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Published: 28th July 2022
Format:
 Paperback
Source: N/A
Summary: Daniel Shenkin born into a working class community of the 19th century scarred and buried in the bowels of the coal mines and forged in the Ironworks of his black South Wales valley. He gambles, loves and bare knuckle fights for survival. He is determined to form a union. The protest he leads turns into a revolt. Working men and soldiers are killed or wounded. Together with his side kick the giant of a man Regan O’Hara he is sentenced to transportation for a term of 20 years in the penal colonies of Australia. His grounding in brutality is completed on the prison hulks and the convict ship the Runnymede. The ship is captained by the tyrant Josiah Moxey and joint owned by the decadent Lord Feltsham. They have smuggled loot from London on to the ship and Shenkin knows to much. They want him dead but Shenkin’s pride,determination and two fisted approach, while even in chains, sees him survive. He finds love in the form of Elizabeth Moxey the niece of the captain and the friendship of the ship’s doctor. His resilience proves to much for Moxey and Lord Felthsham to handle on their own. They enlist the dregs of the convict ship and sadistic guards of the penal prison to kill him. It is a roller coaster of an adventure in the cold bowels of the earth then on the sea and land. Everything is against him his background, the sovereign state, the men that are out to kill him, but he carries his pride in his two fists. Shenkin is a dangerous man a 19th century ‘ rebel with a cause ‘ his cause is to survive – don’t stand in his way.

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Daniel Shenkin is a Welsh miner a political activist and a bare knuckle fighter in the 19th century with no say in his future or in his dangerous working conditions. What is interesting about him is that he refuses to accept his place in 19th century society, he is determined to risk all to change this unacceptable situation.

He is a leader in a rising, a protest, a scream into the gentry dominated world of his time. His mantra is “ I am a man a human being with a life, longings and loves, not a pawn on the chess board of rich industrialists.” To achieve his end he helps gather an assembly of workers, some thousands in number to strike, to hurt the profits of the owners, to force them to take notice.

They March on the town of Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales to place a petition in the hands of the owners of the Ironworks and Mines. The risk is that the protest will turn into a riot, and it does resulting in many deaths. They had taken on the government, the owners of the works and in the end the Sovereign State in what was regarded as a peoples revolt. They were never going to win. They would be made an example of once the riot was put down. Shenkin’s father and many friends die but he still refuses to “ bend the leg “

Even in the face of wounded soldiers and several worker’s deaths Shenkin still remains defiant and is sentenced to death by hanging. Later this sentence is commuted to 20years hard labour in a Penal Colony “to a place beyond the seas “.

His Irish friend Regan O’Hara is also given 20years hard labour, together even as an army of two they still defy authority.
Sent to the barbaric prison hulks of London Docks to await transportation to Australia Shenkin remains untameable, floggings and back breaking labour fail to bring him or O’Hara to heel.

Shenkin is a one man revolution, a fighting machine a man out of his time, a man you would want as a brother but not as an enemy he is for the underdog the weak the oppressed. The 19th century can not hold him he is determined to grow from his own seed not be scattered on the waste ground of the dispossessed. An antihero with a hero’s heart but he does not wear it on his sleeve. To know it you must first know him – Daniel Shenkin is his name I have come to know him well, a difficult dangerous man, a man to have by your side in a dark alleyway. A man to have a drink with at a bar or witness what happens when a little guy is picked on by a group of bullies as Shenkin rearranges the furniture and a few faces.

Shenkin is not for the faint hearted, if you like a quiet peaceful life, an easy read then put this book down right now – DANIEL SHENKIN does not do peaceful.

About the Author

Davey Davies was born and raised in South Wales. He studied Engineering before deciding to pursue his life-long passion for music full-time, taking singing lessons at the Royal College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. He made his professional debut with the Welsh National Opera Company at the tender age of nineteen, performing in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and has since enjoyed a long career, as an opera singer, actor and voiceover artist. He has travelled extensively, to Easter Island, Machu Picchu and South Africa where he met a cellmate of Nelson Mandela’s at Robbin Island, and he completed the 1000 km pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in North West Spain. Davies now lives in Spain with his partner the artist Celia Vodden.

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