Just a One Night Stand

ABOUT David Makinson

David Makinson
I'm 46, married to Chris and we live in Bolton, Lancashire with my son Giles (17). I was thrilled to publish my first novel, Just a One Night Stand in March 2010. Other than writing and reading, I love cooking, fine wines and music -  I play the keyboards and piano. My other love is More...


Set in 1963, Just a One Night Stand tells the dramatic story of Marion Mckenzie, who at 19 finds herself pregnant after a drunken one night stand. Too afraid to tell her parents, she flees to London to stay with her sister. She plans to give up her child for adoption - but there is a problem.... her child is born with serious medical condition. What will Marion do now? Just a One Night Stand deftly casts the reader back to a very different time, a time without extensive state support and an entirely different social mores from liberal 21st Century Britain.

This 480 page novel is available in paperback for £10 plus p&p, or as an ebook at £1.45 from www.davidmakinson.com, It is also available fior Kindle at http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005BU9L86

I was born in the mid 1960s and spent the first year of my life in the care of Dr Barnardo's. The subject of adoption and how attitudes towards unmarried mothers have changed since the 1960s have, perhaps not surprisingly, always been of particular interest to me. What fascinated me about writing this book was the research into the social attitudes during the period from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, an era that occupied a curious twilight between the stiff conservatism of the 1950s and the well documented liberal hedonism of the late 1960s. Just a One Night Stand will deftly transport you back to 1963. Using youth culture and the social mores of the time, the book paints a vivid and thought provoking picture of the difficulties faced by a young unmarried mother as she discovers she is pregnant after a one night stand. You'll be glad that the world has moved on.

"Just finished your book, I couldn't put it down once I started reading it, was sorry to come to the end. Can't wait for the next one." Debra Baldwin

"I read a book a week. This is the best I've read so far this year." Gillian Duncan (June 2010)

"To be honest I can't really say that I read it because actually I devoured it in 2 days. I tend not to be able to read a book at 'the not being able to put it down' speed unless I am on holiday and without the distractions of family and housekeeping/restoring or it has content that really captures my imagination and interest. I loved it."  Pat Kitchen

"Read your book on holiday.  I liked it.  It ‘stayed with me’ for a few days afterwards.  You painted a vivid picture of the era; a simpler age filled with complication of things not mentioned". Nick Davies