It is almost a century since the Russian Royal family were murdered in a cellar by the Bolsheviks. Within the past two decades a positive DNA identification of the remains of all five children has finally stopped the rumours that a family member had survived, preserving the Romanov dynasty.There was in fact a sixth child, born in 1898 under conditions of the greatest secrecy, who was not present at the massacre, and indeed has remained totally unknown to the world at large.Reported as a stillbirth, he was immediately smuggled out of Russia, and the few people who knew the truth were killed to protect the secret. He died in 1917, a year before his parents, after he had fathered a child who grew up knowing nothing of his heritage.All of this would have remained hidden had it not been for a curious school master called Alex McBride researching his family tree after the death of his mother in 2009, because he has inexplicably inherited several million pounds, a chateau in Belgium, and has no idea where this sudden wealth has come from..read more
Ian SG Smith is a 67 year old dentist who lives in East Anglia in the UK. He has been writing on and off for nearly forty years mostly as a rugby correspondent.
Ian also has a keen interest in travel and writes travel articles many of which appear on the worldwideweb.
Young Willie McBride is his first novel.
Married to Julie his hobbies are travel, writing, website building, and ancestry researchread more