Dusty & Me

Betsan Morris Evans

Derek Springfield, an 18-year-old misfit, has just returned home at the end of his studies to wait for his Oxbridge results that he’s hoping will result in his permanent escape from his home in the industrial outskirts of Hull.

Life at home is difficult for Derek, who has spent the past 5 years at Public School on a scholarship. His working class family; feckless dad, no-nonsense mum and two older brothers one a football hopeful and the other a distinctly dodgy acquirer of flash consumer goods can’t relate to Derek’s public school life.

Derek kills time during the summer by walking a no-chance greyhound, Slapper, and admiring out-of-his league beauty Chrissie from afar. Under Derek’s loving care Slapper gets faster – so fast she’s stolen for her racing potential. A miserable Derek is beside himself; just when Derek thinks he will never see her again, Slapper escapes from her furious captors at an illegal “flapper” track and finds her way back to Derek.

Exhausted and weak from the illegal races and poor conditions she was kept in, Derek nurses her back to health in his bedroom hiding her from his parents but the dognappers are still out there.

Derek, Chrissie and Slapper disguise themselves to avoid the dog nappers and try their luck at racing at a proper dog track. The dognappers and all the Springfield’s converge on the stadium for the exciting climax. It’s also the day Derek’s results are due…


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