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Point the Finger of Blame

Point the Finger of Blame

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Jimmy McLeod grows up on a remote Scottish Estate, hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps. At the beginning of the Korean War, however, he is called up for national service, and this has far reaching effects on the rest of his life. Unable to stay on the estate on his return, he moves to southern England and works in the building trade. Jimmy’s life is far from easy as he continues to struggles to find a settled life for himself.


Jimmy’s trials include performing as a sniper in the war, clashing with the laird’s nephew and being implicated in several murders. With many twists and turns, the book follows Jimmy and his increasingly unpredictable journey through life.


The story shows how an ordinary man, through circumstances not all of his making, can find his whole life’s course altered. It also demonstrates how, when trained to kill, he can lose his way in life.

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About the Author

Derek Smith was born in a tiny thatched cottage on the edge of Salisbury Plain army ranges, the third son of a farm labourer. The village where he grew up was a self-contained, close-knit community, with few shops and a strong farming presence. Everybody knew each other, and Derek has fond childhood memories of sharing homemade penny ice lollies with his mates. His summer holidays were spent on the farms, riding on the corn wagons and catching rabbits as they bolted from the binder.

He attended a Church of England school with only three teachers: infant, junior and senior. He still remembers the advice of his headmaster: ‘If you can read, write and add up, the world is your oyster.’

Derek does not write in hope of fame or fortune; the happiest times of his life were when his family had no material goods or money. His father always said that one gets more pleasure from sharing than from receiving, and so Derek hopes that his readers will simply enjoy his books. 

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Book Details

  • Author: ​Derek Smith
  • 198 pages
  • Publication Date: 30/06/2014
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-909902-43-5
  • EPUB ISBN: 978-1-909902-40-4
  • MOBI ISBN: 978-1-909902-41-1
  • PDF ISBN: 978-1-909902-42-8