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The Catalyst

by Joy Lennick

ISBN-10: 1502851865
ISBN-13: 978-1502851864

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When a terrorist blows up an Inner Circle line train between Liverpool Street and Aldgate, London, at around 8.50 am on 7th July, 2005, it leaves seven people dead and many others injured, some badly.

In the horrific explosion, one of those injured is journalist Ian Grosvenor. Also trapped and hurt is a young mother and artist, Serena Mason. Among the walking wounded, Ian becomes a reluctant hero by helping other passengers and carries Serena from the train before collapsing.

Ian and Serena slowly recover from the worst of their injuries, both physical and mental, but are haunted by the memory of each other and what they suffered on that dreadful day. The desire to trace and discover how each other fared grows stronger over time, until it becomes almost an obsession.

This story covers more than the young couples’ aftermath traumas and recovery; it reveals a dark, family secret, and highlights the importance of the love and support of families and friends in times of need. It also illuminates the ever present ‘ifs’, ‘buts’ and ‘coincidences’ which weave in and out of all our lives, and the wonderful power of humour.

Will Ian and Serena ever find each other? And if they do, will they find happiness?


Joy KennickAs an evacuee in World War 11 (up a mountain in South Wales), I read my library books by candlelight: frightening tales by the Brothers Grimm and magical stories by Hans Christian Andersen. That was it, I was hooked. Books always featured as presents and I loved nothing better than putting words on a blank page. I wrote a modest play, which was acted on the school stage, plus short stories and simple poems. With maturity, came marriage and three sons. I wore many hats in the business world and was offered the chance to write a factual book (having ran a small hotel with my husband) aptly called Running a Small Hotel. I updated a few other authors’ books and wrote another factual book: Jobs in Baking & Confectionery. Poetry followed, and when I retired to Spain with my ‘other half,’ I won first prize in the lst International Short Story competition held in Torrevieja. Hurricane Halsey, a true sea adventure followed (as biographer), then my memoir My Gentle War, containing excerpts from my late father’s war diary written in France was published.  My most recent book The Catalyst is my first faction novel. I am a group leader for the local U3A writing class, and belong to WordPlay, who have published several anthologies containing some of my short stories. My husband has just hand-written his memoir: A Life Worth Living, which I edited (just published) and I’ve recently finished ‘semi-ghosting’ another book for publishing in the new year.

PS I’m rubbish with a computer…Wing and a prayer comes to mind!

Joy Lennick