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In 1937, as the adults worry about the onset of war, Billy's has just begun. He so wanted a play-mate but it came in the form of a manipulative cousin, the frail and artistic Kenneth. The adults only see the porcelain looks of Kenneth and not his darker soul. Emotionally neglected or misunderstood by parents and aunt, and bullied by uncle and cousin, Billy imagines he owns ...more
Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published September 25th 2014 by Uptake publications
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Cherry Gregory
Oct 05, 2014 Cherry Gregory rated it it was amazing
Young Billy Wilson is brought to life in this powerful narrative about childhood rivalry. Against the backdrop of the build up to the Second World War, Billy's life is changed forever when his cousin Kenneth comes to play. Written with great psychological insight and an appreciation of the era, Intrusion follows billy through the trauma of his cousin's arrival, bullying by his uncle and the shock of evacuation. I found the character of Billy so realistic and appealing, this book had me in tears ...more
Casee Marie
May 08, 2015 Casee Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2015
Innocent and kind, Billy Wilson lives a pleasant life in London with his fussy mother, barrister father, and a new baby sister. His is a world untouched by war and drama, until rumors of Hitler’s army begin to float around town and whispers carry the dangers of a bleak future for England. In the midst of it all, Billy’s own war comes upon him in the shape of his devious cousin, Kenneth. Frail and handsome, Kenneth seems to be the joy of every grown-up he meets, while Billy – try as he might – al ...more
Clare O'Beara
Feb 21, 2016 Clare O'Beara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this tale a cross between Room and Carrie's War.

A middle-class London boy who is aged five at the start but can't even read yet and seems younger, is the protagonist. Billy has to cope with his slightly older and more dominant cousin Kenneth, who is a clear metaphor for Hitler or Germany. Nobody supervises the boys so Kenneth is free to bully, steal, lie and threaten, all in a schoolboyish manner of course. At the head of each chapter we get the progress of events towards WW2. Billy's f
Claire Stibbe
Nov 13, 2014 Claire Stibbe rated it it was amazing
A Relative Invasion is an enchanting book written by Rosalind Minett who is a master of research. She has skillfully conjured scenes from the WWII era and the chaos and desperation of that time. She has managed to bring it to the reader’s mind seamlessly and effortlessly with clever interpretations from a five-year old mind.

The Characters are realistic down to Billy’s stammer and his mother’s inability to sacrifice at the start of the book. I think people resonate more with flawed characters, e
J.A. Ironside
Jan 17, 2016 J.A. Ironside rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What makes this book work so well is its pitch perfect portrayal of a small child trying to make sense not just of the world according to grown ups, but of a world gone mad during the second world war. Faced with a smooth, clever and cruel oppressor in his cousin, Kenneth, Billy starts to lose the safe feeling of childhood, learning from a very early age that he must somehow endure, survive and ultimately protect himself. Billy is a very sympathetic character without Minett ever resorting to a b ...more
Larry B Gray
May 12, 2015 Larry B Gray rated it it was amazing
Intrusion, A Relative Invasion by Rosalind Minett is a lite, easy to read story that will grab you and keep you glued to its page from beginning to end. This is the type of book you love cozying up to and getting lost to the outside world reading it.

It is hard to imagine growing up, as a child with all the normal family dynamics, in the middle of London in World War II. Rosalind Minett has put together a tale of just such a life with this book. The story revolves around Billy, a young boy growin
Nicholas Rossis
May 20, 2015 Nicholas Rossis rated it it was amazing
I read dozens of books each year, but few of them are as beautifully written as Intrusion. The pacing was perfect for me, and I found myself wondering how a modern adult woman can capture so well the voice of a five-year-old boy from over sixty years ago.

Minett's economic, yet powerful writing does a wonderful job at immersing the reader inside Bill's world. Her strength lies in the power of hints. A word here. A whisper there. A poorly understood gesture. These are all confusing to Bill, but p
Frank Kusy
Oct 23, 2014 Frank Kusy rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this, particular the stark and simple times of wartime Britain which are superbly evoked with just the simplest of brush strokes. As an 'only' child of the 50s myself (and in Balham, probably just down the road from Billy), this book resonates quite strongly with me - I can still remember licking the wrapper of barley sugar, listening to the booming news on the radio (no TV back then) and clattering lonelily around the hallway (bare floors, no money for carpets) with my toys. But ...more
Ted Cross
Jul 16, 2016 Ted Cross rated it really liked it
A nicely written tale set in England during the lead up to WWII and the first part of the war, told from the point of view of a young boy (age 5-8 during the story). It is filled with many interesting tidbits of what life might have been like during that fascinating era, and it's interesting to see it all from a child's perspective.
Siobhan Daiko
Feb 08, 2015 Siobhan Daiko rated it it was amazing
I’ve just finished reading book 1 in Rosalind Minett’s trilogy about a boyhood rivalry that mirrors the tensions in Europe during WWII. Well written and an absorbing read. I’m looking forward to book 2 and can’t help worrying about the sword, which, I fear, will assume greater importance as the narrative unfolds.
Dec 01, 2015 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One is kind and thoughtful, the other sickly and selfish. Together, they endure World War II in England, both at home and in the country. Rich with historical detail.
J.B. Garner
Oct 28, 2016 J.B. Garner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From The Musings of a Starving Author:

My literary foodies, it has been too long, hasn’t it? But I, your Starving Reviewer, am back in the saddle with some long stalled reviews for your culinary pleasure. Today’s dish takes a classic recipe of historical drama from a tense period of world history, but adds the interesting twist of setting the table for a young child. Will this new perspective on history prove to be tasty or bland?

Before we find out, let’s blow the dust off the Starving Review Cre
Tracey Scott-Townsend
Oct 22, 2014 Tracey Scott-Townsend rated it it was amazing
The novel is the first part of a trilogy: A Relative Invasion.
In Intrusion war is coming to Europe. Billy is five at the beginning of the novel, trying to make sense of the world around him, but it’s not only the invasion of a bullying world power he has to worry about; there is his cousin, Kenneth.

Billy’s mother likes things quiet. Even one child is too much for her. Billy isn’t small and delicate like his cousin Kenneth, though Kenneth’s a year older. Neither does Billy know how to do angelic
TJ Burns
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Judi Moore
Oct 14, 2015 Judi Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful addition to the ‘World War Two’ genre; sort of a cross between John Boorman’s movie Hope and Glory and Mark Twain’s The adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The whole book is told through the eyes of Billy, a small child – an achievement in itself. At the top of each chapter there is a date and a short epigraph, describing something seminal which happened in the war at that time. Billy’s life entwines with these larger events, of which he is largely ignorant. We the readers, howe ...more
Angela Withrow
Apr 14, 2015 Angela Withrow rated it it was amazing
From almost the very beginning of this book. I loathed one character and absolutely hated another. But as the story progresses, I can understand the reasons for these characters actions. Though I don't have to like them.
This is an engaging book. The story is told from the perspective of a 5-year-old boy. His parents are, at best, indifferent. His mother seems put out by the fact that she has to care for him. They don't tell him anything significant about what is happening in their lives, maybe b
Lucy Middlemass
Nov 24, 2014 Lucy Middlemass rated it it was amazing
A Relative Invasion - Intrusion tells the story of Billy, a little boy growing up during World War II. It’s beautifully observed, full of humour and stand-out characters. Minett is particularly talented in using the child’s perspective to understand her adult characters.

As the war comes closer to home, Billy’s life is disrupted by his visiting cousin Kenneth. Kenneth is a wonderful villain – the character I enjoyed most, despite feeling some guilt. Kenneth is a handsome, evil little chap who whe
Catherine Putsche
Feb 27, 2015 Catherine Putsche rated it it was amazing

Intrusion outlines an insecure young boy’s portrayal of his day to day struggles against his cousin’s and uncles psychological and physical assaults, neglect from his parents and the upheaval of having to be moved from one strangers household to the next in the midst of a terrifying War that shows no immediate signs of ending.
R. Minett writes beautifully with a deep understanding of a troubled boy’s journey through trauma, disruption and invasion. As a reader I felt like I had been transported
CeCe Osgood
Nov 16, 2014 CeCe Osgood rated it really liked it
Intrusion – (A Relative Invasion - Book 1) by Rosalind Minett evokes the reality of wartime Britain through the eyes of a young boy, Billy. Insecure and lonely to due his emotionally remote parents,Billy’s homelife is invaded, first by Kenneth, a bullying deceptive young cousin, and then by the bombing of London and the chaos of war. Evacuated to a rural village for safety, Billy discovers over time a more empowered side of himself and a broader understanding of life, people and beliefs..

Jun 17, 2015 Charmaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosalind Minett does an excellent job portraying the early stages of World War II through the eyes of a child. I liked seeing events through Billy's viewpoint. We never quite get the full picture of the events of the war because Billy's understanding is limited, but at the start of each chapter Minett lists the date and an important WWII event that is associated with that date, which keeps the reader grounded. Billy's experiences with the air raid and the evacuation gave a sense of realism to th ...more
Fran Macilvey
May 12, 2015 Fran Macilvey rated it it was amazing
'Intrusion' by Rosalind Minett

I really enjoyed this book, and was sorry to finish it. I read it very quickly and was frequently running late for other appointments as a result.

While I found the early mid section a little slow in the telling, the tale is a consistently insightful and carefully wrought examination of the mind and motives of a young boy faced with startling unfairness.

I am intrigued that despite its obvious status as a children's book, I did enjoy it so much. I will be reading th
We are proud to announce that INTRUSION by Rosalind Minett is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Beryl Aschmann
Jan 18, 2015 Beryl Aschmann rated it it was amazing
Like all great artists, Rosalind Minett manages to paint vivid images with her words, drawing and colouring each character until you feel you know them. I lived through every page of this story, sharing Billy's thoughts and emotions and imagining what it must have been like to live through those times with him. I can't wait for the sequel - I want to know what happens next!
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Giveaway: Intrusion: WWII, 2 boys, a fateful rivalry 1 3 Jul 23, 2016 12:18AM  
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A chartered psychologist in my other life, I enjoy writing about ordinary people in unusual situations, or unusual people struggling to fit in. My style is light, but even in humorous stories, there is always a dark edge.

Historical fiction: a trilogy set in WWII told from the perspective of a young boy. A Relative Invasion. Book 1, Intrusion, Book 2 Infiltration out in paperback and ebooks. Amazo
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