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Three’s A Crowd

DESCRIPTION:
A new thriller involving private detective Philip Rivers, star of the author’s first two books.

It was supposed to be a quiet night out in a restaurant for private detective Philip Rivers with his friend and colleague Jo – but he could not take his eyes off the alleyway opposite where a man became embroiled in three separate arguments with different women. It transpired that the man, Rob Corcoran was romantically linked with the three women. Three days later he was dead and Rivers was asked by his parents to investigate their son’s murder.

Rivers has the help of his partner, Jo and Chief Inspector Manners with whom he had worked before. Can they find Rob’s killer before more lives are lost?

AUTHOR:
Richard Garner has written a powerful and gripping crime thriller, featuring Philip Rivers, who starred in his previous novels, Best Served Cold and Jill The Ripper. A journalist for forty years on major newspapers, his switch to writing crime thrillers is a resounding success.

TARGET AUDIENCE:
Thriller/detective story followers/General readers

SELLING POINTS:
Top thriller by skilled educational journalist.
Guaranteed publicity from colleagues and friends of author

PUBLICITY:
From the author

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Time is Running Out

DESCRIPTION:
In Time is Running Out: Reflections on an Alternative Way of Being, John Reed presents the reader with an honest and uncompromising appraisal of how politics, capitalism, social conditions and climate change are interrelating so as to constitute a ‘perfect storm’ of challenges that will determine the future of civilisation.

It is not the strongest, or the most intelligent of the species that survive. It is the ones most adaptable to change, stated Charles Darwin.

John Reed explains that ‘the ones most adaptable to change’ will be those with the necessary psycho/spiritual resources. This book examines what that means and how human consciousness must evolve to make life sustainable in society and on the planet as a whole.

This is an important and timely polemic from the author of Elegant Simplicity, published in 2009 and One Mistake after Another, published in 2018.

AUTHOR:
John Reed was born in 1946 and has long studied the temptations of the ego and the wish for a prosperous and wealthy life. He now pursues elegant simplicity, dividing his time between south west France and New England, where he and his French wife have an art and antiques business in Maine USA.

Am I Loved?

DESCRIPTION:
Am I Loved? is a thought-provoking, beautifully written book which explores the human condition from an entirely original perspective. It continues where Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker left off presenting a carefully evidenced understanding of life which is ground breaking in its implications. The blend of philosophy and psychology theory takes the reader on a unique journey. It provides a new understating of a universal experience which was previously hardly understood at all.

AUTHOR:
Husband of one, father of four and grandfather of two and a former overworked lawyer, John D Bieber is the author of If Divorce is the Only Way (Penguin) which he wrote to help divorcees avoid having a bad divorce follow a bad marriage. Realising that there was a vacuum of understanding about the role that emotions play in our lives the obvious question arose “How can we function as sophisticated human beings when we can neither understand nor control our emotions?” This book answers that question. The author resides in rural Sussex where he endeavours to live in accordance with the philosophy explained in this book.

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William Stone died in 1958 at the age of 101, leaving a fortune to his Cambridge College, Peterhouse. How he made his fortune is a mystery – he never had a paid job, never married, and was one of seven children. But he lived a full life, travelling the world and in London where he rode daily in Rotten Row in Hyde Park, had many adventures and attended every theatrical first night. He stood for parliament, helped preserve the historic Albany chambers and told a rich series of anecdotes about his time as ‘Squire of Piccadilly’.

AUTHOR:
After graduating from Peterhouse Cambridge, Sam Osmond joined Shell International Petroleum and worked in many countries, finishing in charge of Shell’s business in Hong Kong and China. He then ran charities in Nepal and in London, and took a further degree in Architectural History. He lives in London and Petersfield.

PUBLICITY:
Author, Albany in Piccadilly and Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

EXCLUSIONS:
None.

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Presumption of Guilt

DESCRIPTION:
Rick Harper is back in town from University when the persecution begins again. Four years before the police thought he was guilty of the murder of two young women – Jenny Welsh and Lesley Peters – but could not find the evidence to prosecute him. He had intended to go to the party being held by Jenny but decided in the end to stay at home.

The policeman who was his main accuser has retired and the case falls to his successor, Detective Chief Inspector Frances Manners, but the police are too busy to reopen a cold case. Rick in desperation turns to Private Eye Rivers to clear his name, assisted by his partner Jo.

As Rivers and Jo dig deeper, they find that there are many people who could be as guilty as Rick Harper. The only way they can clear Rick’s name is to find the murder first, but this is a dangerous and challenging process.

AUTHOR:
Richard Garner’s, a top journalist, latest novel has all the tension, intrigue and action that is the hallmark of his three earlier thrillers – Best Served Cold, Jill the Ripper and Three’s A Crowd

TARGET AUDIENCE:
Lovers of detective stories, with plenty of detection intrigue and a range of suspects –reader of Vera and other such novels

SELLING POINTS:
New thriller/detective story from an established author
Publicity in local press and reviews
Richard Garner left this completed novel before his untimely death last year

REVIEWS:
Reviews from fellow journalist’s and friends of the author

PUBLICITY:
From the author

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Music, My Life

DESCRIPTION:
Brian Kay has spent his entire working life in a career that is both successful and rewarding. His fascinating collection of memories and anecdotes throws a hugely entertaining light on a life entirely devoted to the joy of music and music-making. He was the founder bass of the internationally renowned vocal group The King’s Singers, spent the next 25 years writing and presenting thousands of programmes for BBC Radios – his own Brian Kay’s Sunday Morning on Radio 3 to such Radio 2 favourites as Friday Night is Music Night and Melodies for You. He then moved back to the open spaces of the concert hall, conducting choral and orchestral concerts all over the world, including his annual 4000-voice Really Big Chorus Messiah from Scratch in London’s Royal Albert Hall. He has been the lowest frog on a Paul McCartney single and a member of the backing group for Pink Floyd. Brian Kay recounts his fascinating life in intimate and amusing detail, sharing with us his great love of life and his abiding passion for music.

AUTHOR:
Brian Kay was born in 1944 and was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, co-founded The King’s Singers and has shared his life between the studios of BBC radio and television and the concert halls of the world as a choral and orchestral conductor. Brian is married to the soprano Gillian Fisher, has a son, a daughter and three grandchildren, and lives in the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire.

PUBLICITY:
Author is a famous music star and will promote the book personally. Many reviews and sales to all those he has worked with and music lovers everywhere.

EXCLUSIONS:
None. Worldwide Rights available

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Best Served Cold

DESCRIPTION:
Journalist Roy Faulkner is the prime suspect in a murder inquiry when Kate Williams, the fellow journalist he accompanied to a night club appeared to disappear from the face of the earth. Worse still, he finds the detective who is investigating the case harbours a long-standing grudge against him dating back to their teenage years in a rock band.

As evidence piles up against Roy, he is charged with the murder of Kate. Private investigator Philip Rivers faces a battle against time to find out what really happened before Roy is found guilty.

AUTHOR:
RICHARD GARNER has been a journalist for over forty years – writing for the TES, the Mirror, the Independent and the TES about education. He is the author of The Thirty Years War, a book about teacher reform, but he has always wanted to break out of his mould and write thrillers. Best Served Cold is his debut crime novel.

TARGET AUDIENCE:
Thriller readers. Those interested in education and journalism

SELLING POINTS:
Top thriller by skilled educational journalist.
Guaranteed publicity from colleagues and friends of author

REVIEWS:
Reviews from fellow journalist’s and friends of the author

PUBLICITY:
From the author

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One Mistake After Another

DESCRIPTION:
One Mistake After Another is the story of one baby boomer’s odyssey that took him to many countries and cultures in the search for the holy grail of spiritual meaning in his life.

This quest, at times, takes the form of a colourful and quixotic romp with perceptive snapshots of life in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

With uncompromising honesty, John Reed recounts his struggles between the ‘true path’ and that of personal egoism, the lure of money and ‘the good life’. Many years later, the entire ‘house of cards’ of his material ambitions collapses around him.

Part modern-day morality play, One Mistake After Another is also the candid account of how the spiritual inclinations of a contemporary seeker are constantly challenged by the need to adapt to the highly secular world we live in – and, of course, his own shortcomings!

From the succession of triumphs and failures Reed describes in these pages, he emerges with a deeper understanding of his psycho/spiritual condition and the needs of the planet. Having learned from his own experience, he ends on a hopeful note. Unlike the socio-political solutions we place our faith in, only more widespread spiritual awareness, he suggests, can provide us with abiding solutions to the problems we face in the world today.

AUTHOR:
John Reed is a successful entrepreneur, searcher after the esoteric and the author of Elegant Simplicity, also published by Umbria Press

PUBLICITY:
Reviews, author publicity

EXCLUSIONS:
Vine House Distribution Ltd. does not distribute this title in the following areas:…….

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Jill the Ripper

DESCRIPTION:
A small revolutionary feminist group publishes a leaflet urging revenge attacks against men for what its author perceives to be the glorification of Jack the Ripper. Soon afterwards, the bodies of two men are found mutilated on derelict waste ground. The police begin to investigate whether there is a connection between the members of the group and the murders, but find few leads.

Private investigator Philip Rivers is called in to help by the parents of their son, who they believe could be the killer’s next victim, as he shares a flat with a member of the group. Rivers decides the best way to protect him is to find the killer.

AUTHOR:
RICHARD GARNER has written a gripping and powerful crime thriller, featuring Philip Rivers, who was the hero of his first novel, Best Served Cold. He has been a journalist for forty years writing for the Daily Mirror, the Independent and the TES – about education. His decision to break out from this mould to write crime thrillers has been a resounding success.

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Free Seats for All

DESCRIPTION:
By 1815, only half the population of England belonged to the established Anglican Church. Faced with a rapidly growing population in the new industrial towns, the growth of Nonconformism and the fear of revolution, the Church of England set about building and enlarging churches.

An astonishing number of churches were built and hundreds of thousands of new spaces provided in parish churches in the years after Waterloo.
Much of this work was carried out thanks to the the Incorporated Church Building Society (ICBS).

Backed by Hoares Bank, the ICBS, in contrast to the government-supported Church Building Commission, raised the funds it needed for church building and enlargement privately. The ICBS’s funding contributed to adding over two million pew spaces most of which were free seats for all, in contrast to the then customary provision of private pews and reliance on pew rents.

The story of church building after Waterloo is full of fascinating detail about the people who helped set up the ICBS and about the thousands of churches supported by its grants.

It is a highly readable and attractive account of an extraordinary moment in 19th-century church architecture which still resonates in the 21st century when arguments rage as to whether there are too many, rather than too few, churches in England.

AUTHOR:
Gill Hedley is a freelance curator and author. She was director of the Contemporary Art Society, 1993–2006, and has worked for the British Council and various regional museums. She has produced exhibitions and publications on subjects ranging from Capability Brown to the Great Liners, Epstein to Pop Art. She writes regularly for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

PUBLICITY:
The National Churches Trust is handling publicity and reviews and expects coverage in the religious and mainstream newspapers and author interviews.

EXCLUSIONS:
Vine House Distribution Ltd. Has world rights.

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