Catch up with what’s happening on our social media feeds, and find out about the latest authors to publish with The Book Guild… there’s also company news, the latest author events and a round-up of our latest reviews and media coverage.
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Catch up with what’s happening on our social media feeds, and find out about the latest authors to publish with The Book Guild… there’s also company news, the latest author events and a round-up of our latest reviews and media coverage.
Filming If…. is the first written memoir about the cult classic film, If…., which was directed by the very talented Lindsay Anderson in 1968. David Wood co-starred as one of the three rebel schoolboys in a public school, alongside Malcolm McDowell (Mick) and Richard Warwick (Wallace), and they led the revolution against authority – which was regarded by many as a metaphor for the social and political situation in the UK.
If…. celebrates its 50th anniversary today and this book is a perfect addition to the celebrations for this classic film. The book contains David’s memories, from the personalities involved, the day-to-day challenges, and the reception given to the film, including winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes. This book also reflects the brilliance of Lindsay Anderson and his team.
With a foreword by Malcolm McDowell and an afterword by George Perry, Filming If…. has been highly endorsed and enjoyed by many:
“…What a brilliant thing you have done, recalling what it was like being directed by the great Lindsay Anderson, and being part of this hugely important film and its dazzling cast.” – Joanna Lumley OBE
“David Wood has written a wonderfully evocative insider’s view of the shooting of one of the best British films ever made.” – Sir Alan Parker
“If…. is a classic movie – I was at the première in 1968 and we all sensed it then… I’ve a feeling this book’s going to be something of a classic, too.” – Gyles Brandreth
Filming If…. is now available to purchase here.
Peter Evans recently launched his 12th book, which follows his award-winning career as a journalist on The Times for 30 years. Peter was one of the very few to anticipate both the Brexit vote to leave the European Union and the Tory debacle in the 2017 general election.
Rebel with a Cause exposes, with hard evidence, the complacency and sometimes arrogance which causes the government failure to meet its constitutional priority – to protect the realm and maintain the Queen’s peace. In his career he was hijacked by knife-carrying religious fanatics, threatened with violence by the London Richardson gang, and saved Cardinal Hume, the Roman Catholic leader, in a rock-throwing Notting Hill riot after being attacked himself.
Today, Peter is a frequent commentator on The Times Online and shares his thoughts on current political and social issues. A campaigning journalist, Peter’s book exposes scandals in the National Health Service, and others, including the misuse of power by MI5. It included an intended coup by dissident officers to replace the Prime Minister and intimidation of Evans and others. Leading a six-man news team at The Times, Evans had an aeroplane immediately at his disposal to other disasters and other breaking stories. The book continues his on-going investigation since 1962, to explore the causes of terrorism across the world.
Among those who attended his book launch were Gary Lloyd, whose investigation of corruption in the Metropolitan Police with a colleague, Julian Mounter, sent three policemen to jail and led to a clean up of the force by a new commissioner, Sir Robert Mark. Garry and Julian were both in The Times six-strong team, founded by Peter. Michael Knipe, another news team journalist who was among the first to unmask China’s imperial ambitions also spoke at the launch. Other guests included Marion Hearfield, an author and driving force behind the Stroud Local History Society, and she attended the launch with Tony Macer, who is also part of the society.
The event was organised with thanks to Arianrhod Pazzi-Axworthy whose father, George, left his birthplace and Mussolini’s Italy to come to Britain and broadcast news as part of the World Service of the BBC. Sally Pearson is the daughter of Jane Kilvington, a family that has benefited Peter’s for 200 years through education and other support.
Photos at the event were taken by Ann Hall, wife of Frank Hall, a former chief assistant to the head of the International Monetary Fund and senior adviser to the Bank of England. Peter launched the event with a personal speech, which enclosed further details on his research and findings, as well as acknowledgements to those who have helped him along the way. His final words were “in reading this book I would ask you to see the escapades I got up to as a small child in the context of my future campaigning as a journalist I describe. Do we really change?”
Rebel with a Cause is available to purchase and was published on the 28th November 2017.
“Are you building your dream?”
A leader once wrote to some of his team that being a “know-it-all” makes us feel important but what is really needed to build a team or project is love.
Love? What’s that got to do with building your dream – you might be asking?
Well love is what makes the world go round…It’s what motivates people to get out of bed in the morning, it’s what compels people to start up businesses and projects when the odds seem stacked against them and it’s the starting place for everything we do. It’s the glue that keeps the very fabric of our society together and what binds people together in families, teams and communities. It’s the key to unlocking purpose, potential and productivity – both personally and amongst teams.
“What do you love?”
As I’ve travelled Europe training entrepreneurs and business owners I’ve started by asking one simple question – what do you love? For some ‘know-it-alls” it appears a strange question!
But in a world that is increasingly communicating through short tweets and statuses and looks to apps and organisers to maximise productivity – could we be overlooking the most powerful force for motivation and change?
As you embark on another year – take a few minutes to ask yourself the question – “What do I love?” and write down your thoughts…
Maybe you’ve grown disillusioned in your current job and are seeking something different? Maybe you’re looking to launch or grow your own business?
Our Newforms Business Path Journal helps people harness their passion and what they love to start up their own business. It’s all about understanding passion and purpose and ‘picturing’ the business and future of your dreams.
What are you passionate about? What do you love?
Build your life, business and dreams around that
Peter J Farmer
Author of the Newforms Business Path Journal
Liz Parker writes a blog post to reflect upon the year in which her memoir, A Life Lived was published:
I am astonished and delighted to have reached my 83rd year. Astonished, because, during my youth and time in the theatre I led a riotous life! This was curtailed when I developed Cancer. I am delighted that I have a few years left to live. When I visited a Palm Leaf Reader in India many years ago, he foretold the year that I would die – I haven’t reached that date yet, so I have a lot of living left to do!
I am fortunate to be able to spend most of my time in sunny Greece and have tranquillity, which enables me to think about some ideas for my next book. However, the disadvantages about living in a country where English is not the common language, is that I cannot do book signings to promote my book. I have sold several copies to my English-speaking friends, but the majority of Greeks who have bought my book do not read it immediately. They save it up until they are not busy, when the summer season has finished. One friend dropped their copy in the bath and it’s still drying out.
In England this July I had a successful book signing at a pub in the area where I used to live and was included in my book. On the 23rd January 2018 I will be giving a talk at the Library in West Molesey. This will hopefully bring more interest in A Life Lived.
Reviews of my book have been in the 5-star category, which means that many readers have already appreciated it. My favourite reviews include the following:
“A life fulfilled as well as lived… I couldn’t put it down”
“Liz has a zest for life…what an extraordinary life.”
“…Made me laugh out loud and reach for the tissues.”
A Life Lived: Memories of the Famous and Infamous is available for purchase and shares extraordinary memoirs, which cover a myriad of topics and tragedies. Liz’s memoir is in turns harrowing, uplifting, fascinating and bittersweet. Stories of her flamboyant lifestyle during her time in the theatre and films, where she met famous starts are contrasted sharply by a life of struggle and hardship.
On Wednesday 8th November 2017, author Peter Lyon received the Maritime Foundation’s “Mountbatten Maritime Award for best literary contribution Certificate of Merit”, at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall. The award was presented to Peter by Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord, and highlighted his great work in his book, Merchant Seafaring Through World War 1, 1914–1918.
The certificate thanks Peter for his dedicated work seeking to establish not only the contribution of British seafarers during the First World War but also their sacrifice. The British Imperial Mercantile Marine was an essential strategic arm of supply and defence, but the threats, privations and tragedy experienced by British seafarers are here documented through first-hand accounts and archive research. With 3,154 ships sunk and 14,428 lives lost to enemy action, this civilian aspect of maritime history has never been fully presented. This book makes an outstandingly original and disturbing contribution to maritime awareness.
Peter Lyon’s book begins by looking at the low status of the mercantile marine and the seafarers at the turn of the 20th century. Particular emphasis is given to the relationships between the merchant seafarers, the ship owners, the British Admiralty and the Government, with the consequential heavy losses of British, Allied and neutral merchant ships at the hands of German U-boats.Following this, Peter looks at the strain this put on Britain and how this affected their continuation in the war. He draws on various experiences including individuals’ accounts, ships’ logs, crew agreements, consular reports, press cuttings of the day and other publications, to create an authentic and fascinating insight into this area of history.
Merchant Seafaring Through World War 1, 1914–1918 is available to purchase!
Author Tony Foot reflects on an evening of history with Portsmouth Waterstones…
I was delighted when Waterstones Portsmouth asked me to do a talk about my book, The Fortunes at War to accompany a book signing on Thursday 21st September.
Although much of the action in The Fortunes at War takes place in the Crimea, there are solid links with Portsmouth. It is from there that regiments sailed to the Crimea. Two regiments of the Light Brigade, the 13th Light Dragoons and 17th Lancers left from there, the latter causing quite a stir among the crowds whose numbers were swollen by Easter visitors, as they trotted through the town.
The Rifle Brigade were temporarily housed in the old Clarence Barracks within the original town fortifications, and also set sail on the Orinocco from Portsmouth Harbour. Each year in the 1890s, the mayor of Portsmouth would preside over the St. George’s Day Crimean Veterans Banquet. In 1904 for example, 115 survivors of the conflict attended where no doubt talk of the old campaigns and fallen comrades was very much part of the evening.
I included this in my talk as well as introducing the reign of Victoria as very much part of the change affecting not only the country generally but Portsmouth in particular. Portsmouth has an incredible history – from small Saxon communities, it grew as the potential of its harbour was noted to be one of the strongest most heavily fortified towns anywhere. I relayed to the audience that Portsmouth, in the time of the Fortunes, would in places still be recognisable – including the Round Tower, Southsea Castle and HMS Victory (the latter in the harbour rather than in dry-dock as now).
It was back to Portsmouth where many regiments returned including the Rifle Brigade. I informed the audience that among the survivors, was not only one of my book’s heroes, but my own great-grandfather, who would later settle in the town and attend those special banquets.
I was pleased that several of the audience members remained behind and offered their thanks for such an ‘interesting and informative’ evening, and the staff at the branch were also very complimentary with their comments over the way the evening had gone.
The Fortunes at War is available to buy from our bookshop.
In celebration of National Poetry Day, Sean Notyeats shares a poem called “When Freedom Fails”:
Sing a song of silence
For those about to die
Now no chance of seeing
Earth or sea or sky
Sing a song of silence
For those that ne’re were born
Never reached their mother’s breast
As from her body torn
Sing a song of silence
For the zealot with no eyes
Devoid of all compassion
For all those wasted lives
Sing a song of silence
For the child a soldier made
A pawn in power politics
His being now depraved
Sing a song of silence
For faith enforced by power
And the plight of the apostates
For whom all relations sour
Ring aloud redemption
Truth will find a way
Time will be the healer
Society will still pay
Sean Notyeats is the author of From Small Beginnings– a debut poetry collection!
In celebration of National Poetry Day, Mark Cox shares a poem called “Choices”:
Make your own choices
Is how we all should be
Whether you have millions
Or live your life in poverty
The decisions that you make
Are only a chance really
But the right to make them
Is the thing that makes you free
If you don’t have this chance
Then you may not be free
Unless you were being guided
When you were only tiny
To be loved and protected
When you were more carefree
Helps you to not make mistakes
And learn more responsibility
But if you get to adult age
And choices are stopped constantly
Then you are being repressed
And being denied your humanity
A human should not be enslaved
Either physically or mentally
We should all have our freedom
No one should stop us being free
Mark Cox is the author of The Human Ape: A Magnificently Minute Moment – a debut poetry collection!
In celebration of National Poetry Day, Chloe Lee shares a poem called “Freedom”:
“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness”. – Alejandro Jodorowsky
The prized nightingale stood
Behind the open window,
Shaking its fine, groomed head.
Its saviour, harbinger of freedom,
Flapped its wings continually,
Allowing the winds to exhibit
A few escaped feathers
A reminder of higher values,
Other than panem et circenses.
In a desperate, final attempt,
The dove dragged the nightingale
Away from its captivity,
Right into the open air,
A triumphant, proud expression
Gliding across its face, though
Almost immediately frozen in horror
As it realised, when the nightingale
Peacefully laid permanently
On the few scattered white feathers, that
Not every one might be the same.
Chloe Lee is the author of The Metropolis of Glass – a debut poetry collection!
To complete a novel is one thing but it is not the end of things; there is still a very long way to go before the first reader reads the first copy.
Children of Fire was envisaged as a possible first novel in a series, though I tended not to admit to that aspect of its creation. Having self-published the sci-fi novel I wrote on my MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, I wanted to get on and write another. I chose a Victorian who-done-it genre for the job and picked 1841, in the period when new local police forces were being formed along the lines of the Metropolitan Police Force in London. 1841 was far enough back to mean that I wouldn’t be tempted to get bogged down in CSI style detail. As a retired research scientist, too much scientific detail would probably mean the story would never see the light of day.
What the 1840s had in abundance was a hubbub of social change: in industry, religion and immigration from the countryside or from Ireland, into the cities of the North of England, especially Manchester, the first truly industrialized city in the world.
My first step in getting Children of Fire published was to try to find an agent to help me finish, perfect and sell my creation to a publisher. I made many approaches and got a few comments as well as a lot of silence.
As time went on I decided that I might be better to go along the route of crowd funding. I had completed the first draft of a second Victorian novel Circles of Deceit. So perhaps I should move on but at that point I noticed the Writing Magazine competition and thought it was worth a shot. I had a complete novel that had been copy edited, and I had the marketing plan that I’d already developed for the attempt at crowd funding. I could easily fulfil the terms of the competition which included a marketing plan.
To my astonishment I won! The astonishment was not so much in the sense of belief in what I’d written, but in being able to finish the race. Children of Fire was going to be published! I’ve been walking around since I found out with a sort of glow and the mantra running in my head I’ve got a publishing contract.
I will now see how it goes. Relationships with Writing Magazine are excellent, helped in no small measure by my experience of self-publishing. I met the Editor, Jonathan Telfer, at the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School who was warm and friendly. Working relationships with The Book Guild are developing well and are already very good. The cover design is agreed, the final proofs very nearly complete and publicity is taking shape.
I am deeply grateful for my good fortune. Without the combination of the Writing Magazine and The Book Guild putting on the competition, I would not have got this chance.
It might seem that I’ve been lucky, and I have to say that I have been, but as I used to tell my PhD students, luck is really preparation meeting opportunity. Winning this prize has been a matter of great good fortune in exactly that sense.