The novel 'A Secret Step' is set in the East End of London and has a feel and backdrop similar to the recent popular TV series 'Ripper Street' and 'Call the Midwife'. It encompasses the iconic Jack the Ripper times in 1888 and the East End Blitz of 1940. The fact that they are only 50 years apart means some lifetimes will have spanned both eras and the author has used this rarely considered link. In both of these times, a child born and growing up in the East End of London only ever had two chances, live best you can or die from malnutrition, disease or violence. This story is told by a character that lived through both times. The life our character was subjected to and what he witnessed around him had lasting effects on his character and his life. From the horror of murder in Victorian times to the courageous antics of the Dead End kids during the Blitz, if you lived in London's East End your first lesson in life was nobody made it on their own! About the Author; Ian Parson, the Author of 'A Secret Step', is a working, qualified horticulturalist, a Member of the Institute of Horticulture and passionate about his work. He prefers to think of himself as a gardener and whilst 'gardening' prepares his thoughts for his other lifetime passion of writing. He has written numerous articles and been published many times in a variety of magazines both in the UK and abroad. Like many, Ian has a keen interest in Jack the Ripper and the politics of those times. In pursuit of this, Ian is a member of The Whitechapel Society. He attends the East End of London based bi-monthly meetings and regularly contributes to the Society's magazine. Ian also has a keen interest in the 1940/41 Blitz of the East End of London and is particularly interested in the social history & culture of Victorian/Edwardian life in the East End. He currently divides his time between the South West & London. These combined interests have led to the writing of 'A Secret Step'. A story based on the facts and events of the times experienced in the East End of London, accompanied by some of the human stories that occurred alongside them.