Clive Ashman’s first novel ‘MOSAIC‘ might be fiction but it’s based on astonishing fact. Appropriately subtitled ‘The Pavement That Walked‘, it offers imagined explanations for how a large floor from a lost Roman villa found in an East Yorkshire quarry, during the Luftwaffe‘s 1941 blitz on Hull, could have been so mysteriously stolen seven years later, in 1948, on the eve of its rescue.
Bizarre background circumstances to this overnight theft of a large piece of art, disappearing as completely from the public record as the pavement would from Brantingham quarry. A post-war crime left unsolved to this day, still stoking local tension.
Where others fear to tread, Clive Ashman fills these cracks in little known fact with fictionalised accounts. As a redundant combat-flyer turned-detective, Michael Tryton, struggles through the blitzed streets of 1940s Hull to investigate the stolen pavement. Unwittingly following in the footsteps of another discharged soldier, Flavius Candidus, as he lands in late Roman Brough-on-Humber (‘Petuaria‘) on the hunt for local corruption.
Convincing tales and a cast of characters include real life figures witnessing a forgotten local scandal that lives again on the page.
“MOSAIC – The Pavement That Walked” (Clive Ashman)
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ISBN 978-0-9556398-0-7: Paperback/softback – 420 pages, with 1 map, 2 line-drawings, and 2 photographs.