During the Spring of 2010, a man arrived in the cobbled square outside the west entrance to Truro Cathedral, and he remained an integral part of city life until he quietly departed in the Autumn.  Irrespective of the weather, he was there for at least a part of every day, and would hand out cards to people as they passed by, offering messages of hope and encouragement.  

     He became a household name in the locality, being known, affectionately, as the `man with the cards`.    He would welcome anyone who needed a listening ear; his presence changed many lives, touching them at the very depth of their being.   Many of the testimonies of these people are contained in this book.

He was self-effacing, and even reluctant to let us know his name.   So, for the purposes of these stories, within a story, I call him THE CARDMAN.


Click to  read The Cardman  Prologue