Brothers Of The Wind

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19th Century

Thomas Bryer

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Adam Stanley, an English Gypsy horse trader and bare-knuckle boxer must struggle to preserve his family in a land where the Industrial Revolution and a brutal court system has made it difficult to pursue a peaceful life.


Historical Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Drama, Epic,,Action,Adventure,Drama,Epic,Romance

Short Summary

The idyllic life of an English Gypsy family is shattered when Adam STANLEY and his brother CHARLES are falsely convicted of the theft of several valuable horses.

With the establishment of the Rural Police Force the English Gypsies are hounded from their roadside camps night and day. When they put up any resistance they are arrested and fined. Adam Stanley gathers his extended family together and they migrate to the promised land, America.


England, Romania, Australia, America

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Meaningful Message,,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Adam Stanley

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Charming, Complex, Confident, Decisive, Engaging, Faithful, Adventurous, Aggressive,Adventurous,Masculine,Sexy,Uneducated,Outspoken,Romantic,Leader,Honorable,Heroic,Engaging,Desperate,Complex,Aggressive,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Rebecca Kingsley

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Engaging, Faithful, Honorable, Charming, Complex, Gracious, Modest, Selfless, Strong Moral Code, Beautiful, Educated,Charming,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Romantic,Selfless,Religious,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Rev. George Whitney

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: logical

Key Traits: Complex, Empathetic, Honorable, Modest, Religious, Visionary, Educated, Faithful, Gracious, Perseverance, Selfless, Strong Moral Code,Modest,Religious,Selfless,Strong Moral Code,Honorable,Gracious,Flexible,Empathetic,Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Judge Horatio Kingsley

Age: 65

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Unapologetic, Aggressive, Complex, Educated, Greedy, Manipulative, Power-hungry, Blunt, Empathetic, Outspoken, Perseverance, Sarcastic,Narcisstic,Blunt,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Sarcastic,Secretive,Educated,Greedy,Complex,Aggressive

Development Pitch

Gypsies are the largest minority in Europe. They are among the most stereotyped and persecuted of all peoples. For this reason most Gypsies don't freely share their identities even with their friends. I have always admired Alex Haley for writing Roots The Saga Of An American Family. His book allowed everyone to see through Black peoples' eyes and understand and share their feelings. I wrote my book for the same reason, so that my Romani people and culture could be seen as part of the human story by the dominant culture. Set in Early Victorian England, Brothers Of The Wind tells the story of my ancestor English Gypsy Adam Stanley's struggle against injustice and harsh conditions brought on by the Industrial Revolution. Imprisoned on a false charge Owen loses his wife, and his sons are placed in a Christian mission where the daughter of the Judge who convicted him fosters them. Her sense of equality and fairness inspires Adams sons to fight injustice and slavery on three continents.

About The Author

Thomas Bryer has spent his life studying the culture, language and origins of the Romany people and how they fit into the scheme of humanity. He has participated in proceedings held by the U.S.Holocaust Memorial Council honoring the memory of the Romany victims of Nazi Genocide, and also served as a director on the board of The Gypsy lore Society a world wide scholarly organization.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

English Gypsies

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Greyforest Press, LLC

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available