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Path of Duty

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Robin Gordon Walker was born in 1911 and went to Wellington College in 1924, where he excelled academically and at sport. In 1932 he returned as a youthful and charismatic teacher.

He and the chaplain Geoffrey How, both OWs, sought to bring a more liberal and enlightened attitude to College, a period which flourished under the headmastership of Bobby Longden, tragically killed by a bomb in 1940. Older masters were hidebound and rigid in their methods and many of the’ Old Guard’ Housemasters took exception to the move for change led by Robin and Geoffrey, who had a more relaxed view on friendships between boys and encouraged them to have friend in other Houses, a practice much frowned on. The ‘Old Guard’ made repeated appeals to the Headmaster, WH House, to intervene. In 1943 Geoffrey was dismissed by House and Robin resigned in protest. He died tragically young in 1947.

Robin wrote a novel in 1944 fictionalising the events that took place at Wellington. All the names and places were changed, but the essence of his story rings true to all who know about this period in the history of the College. It is an important and timely publication: the conflicting attitudes are portrayed with skill and the denouement is moving and powerful.

AUTHOR:
Robin Gordon Walker was born in 1911 and went to Wellington College in 1924, where he excelled academically and at sport. In 1932 he returned as a youthful and charismatic teacher.

PUBLICITY:
Review coverage and PR from Wellington College

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Out of Bounds

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Giles and Esmond Romilly were the nephews of Winston Churchill and Giles Romilly married Jessica (Decca) Mitford, one of the notorious Mitford girls. They both attended traditional Wellington College, where they rebelled against the military and disciplinary traditions of the time. There was fear that this august school was subject to the corrupting influence of Moscow, as the Romilly brothers produced a left-wing magazine entitled Out of Bounds: Public Schools’ Journal Against Fascism, Militarism and Reaction. Several issues appeared and then Esmond ran away from school to work in a Communist bookshop, causing sensational headlines and adverse publicity. Giles, although a rebel, stayed on.

This is the story of their schooldays, first at Newlands and then at Wellington, which was first published in 1935 and has been out of print for many years. They recount the story of their early years and their rebellion with skill and panache. Out of Bounds shows the authors political thoughts and beliefs and serves as a moving picture of the struggle against the education, politics and social mores of the 1930s. There will be a foreword by Edmund Romilly, Giles’ son and an afterword from Dr Patrick Mileham, the archivist of Wellington College and a distinguished author.

AUTHOR:
Esmond Romilly fought in the Spanish civil war, eloped with Decca Mitford and was killed when his bomber plane was shot down in 1941. Giles was captured and incarcerated in Colditz, eventually escaping and becoming a journalist before moving to California, where he died in 1967.

PUBLICITY:
Long out of print, with copies changing hands for £200, this timely new edition will create extensive review and feature coverage including the Mitford family connection. World rights.

A Moment in Time

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John Keble today is best remembered for the Oxford college founded in his memory; his role in the seminal Oxford Movement, and for the hymns that he wrote and which are still sung today. Both John Keble and his brother Tom were educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and followed their father into the church. John Keble was curate of the Cotswold villages of Eastleach, Southrop and Coln St Aldwyn, with his younger brother Tom. John left Fairford and the Cotswolds to become vicar of Hursley in Hampshire where he stayed until his death. His brother Tom became vicar of Bisley, near Stroud.

The author lives in the Cotswolds and his interest in the Keble family lies in the villages of Eastleach and Southrop near his home. He has written a fascinating, informative and highly researched account of a great and distinguished family, whose legacy continues today.

AUTHOR:
The author published privately The History of Eastleach, Gloucestershire as part of his degree course at Bristol University. Some of his research has been published, including his life of John Keble. He is the author of A Spencer Love Affair, eighteenth-century theatricals at Blenheim Palace and beyond, published by Alan Sutton

PUBLICITY:
The author is well-known in the Cotswold and has excellent contacts with magazines in Gloucestershire and Oxford. Reviews are expected for a significant contribution to John Keble and his family.

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The Silent Village

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A gripping novel set in the south of France, Italy and London. The heroine Sarah reveals that she has been adopted and we flash back to her mother caught up in the Nazi invasion and reprisals in her boyfriend’s family which nearly wipe out the village. We learn how she came to be adopted and she returns to France and Italy to discover the truth. Brilliantly written, it grips the reader from first page to last.

AUTHOR:
Merryn Corcoran has been a publicist, a top retailer and a highly successful marketer. She has written short stories but this is her first novel. Born in New Zealand she and her husband divide their time between London, Menton, France and New Zealand.

PUBLICITY:
The author has extensive media contacts and is guaranteed publicity, especially with the Daily Mail. She plans a launch party for many of her famous contacts, to ensure reviews.

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New Zealand

The Naked Heroine

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This is the fascinating story of Lydia Lova; one of the most decorated women in France for her
war-time resistance work; later a nude dancer at the Folies Bergėre.
The author, then a journalist working in Paris, heard about Lydia dancing nude at the Folies
and became fascinated by her story. He traces the life story of Lydia, born in Poland to a
Count, who as a young girl in 1939 joined the French resistance network run by her father. For
eighteen months she danced for the German officers in Pigalle by day, and by night she
spied on them. Then came betrayal and she and her father were arrested by the Gestapo.
She was sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. Somehow this young girl organized her
own resistance movement inside the camp and avoided the gas chamber. For her services
she was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Légion d’Honneur.
The Naked Heroine is an exciting and moving story about one woman’s fight and love for her
country.

AUTHOR:
John Izbicki is the author of his autobiography, Life Between the Lines, published to great
critical acclaim. He worked as a journalist for the Telegraph for many years, including two
stints in Paris, where he met Lydia Lova and had many scoops, including the first interview with
Paul Getty.

PUBLICITY:
John Izbicki has numerous press and journalistic contacts and achieved much publicity for his
first book. This is certain to be replicated for The Naked Heroine.

EXCLUSIONS:
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Churchills Rebels

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Churchill’s Rebels is a heart-breaking story of two young people madly in love and in open rebellion against their up-bringing and a way of life.
Esmond Romilly was the nephew of Winston Churchill, a rebel against his family and public school who left England to fight for the rebels in the Spanish Civil War. Jessica Mitford, was one of the notorious Mitford girls – always known as Decca – and grew up in a life of Downton Abbey aristocratic privilege. Her sister Unity went to Germany and became very close to Hitler, while Diana married Sir Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British Union of Fascists.

In 1937, when Esmond was 18 and Jessica 19 they met and fell madly in love and, scandalously, ran away together to the Communist Front in Spain. After three months of family opposition, they were finally married. With war ever approaching, Esmond trained to fly and was killed in active service with Bomber Command. They had only had four brief, tempestuous and loving years together.
Meredith Whitford’s ground-breaking book uses previous unpublished documents and family sources and is essential reading. A distinguished author, she tells the story of a remarkable era..

AUTHOR:
Meredith Whitford is the successful author of two historical novels, Treason and Shakespeare’s Will. She has a BA in History, English and Classics from the University of Adelaide, where she lives. She has been reading about the Mitford and Romilly families since, aged nineteen, she found the books Hons and Rebels and Hostages at Colditz in her local library. She now owns every book written by and about these families.

PUBLICITY:
The connection with the Churchill and the Mitford families guarantees comprehensive reviews and serial and feature interest.

EXCLUSIONS:
Vine House Distribution Ltd. distributes this title: Worldwide

Joy’s Journey

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By the time she had reached twenty-one, Joy Hunter had worked in the Offices of the War Cabinet in Churchill’s underground war rooms in preparation for D-Day 1944; been included in the Three Power Conference at Potsdam in 1945 between the victorious allies, Great Britain, USA and the Soviet Union; and then went to Washington for the post-war Bretton Woods agreement. She then joined the staff of the Archbishop of Canterbury, working at Lambeth
Palace.

Joy had a traditional schooling. Her marriage to an architect in 1949 was sadly short-lived due to his early death leaving her with three children under six. She had to work, to support her young family. A fascinating career developed, in teaching, the NHS and Age UK – to name just three – and in 2009 she was involved in an exhibition commemorating the opening of the
Churchill underground War Rooms, which created much publicity. She was awarded an MBE
in 2013.

AUTHOR:
Joy Hunter was a vicar’s daughter and attended secretarial college which led to her fascinating and full life. She was awarded an MBE in 2013 for her charity work. She lives in Guildford, Surrey.
‘My life has been an incredible journey and I hope you enjoy reading about it.’ Joy Hunter

PUBLICITY:
The author has many contacts with local Surrey newspapers; local charities; the Cabinet War
Rooms exhibition in Whitehall, London. She is expert in PR and publicity.

EXCLUSIONS:
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Ian Gilmour

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Ian Gilmour’s autobiography covers his life up Suez in 1956, but sadly does not cover the remaining part of his fascinating life. A foreword and afterword by his son, the author David Gimour, put his life into context and cover the missing parts of his career, not included in this memoir. He was an important social liberal and an inspired editor of The Spectator.

Ian Gilmour was the son of stockbroker Lieutenant Colonel Sir John Gilmour, 2nd Baronet and his wife, Victoria, a granddaughter of the 5th Earl of Cadogan. His parents divorced in 1929, and his father married Mary, the eldest daughter of the 3rd Duke of Abercorn. The family had land in Scotland and he inherited a substantial estate and shares from his grandfather, Admiral of the Fleet, the Hon. Sir Herdworth Meux.
He was educated at Eton and read history at Balliol College, Oxford. He served with the Grenadier Guards 1944 to 1947 and was called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1952 and became a tenant in the chambers of Quintin Hogg. He acquired The Spectator in 1959, which he claimed was the wisest choice he made and was its editor from 1954 to 1959. His editorship of the magazine is seen as one of the highlights of that paper’s long history.

On 10 July 1951, Gilmour married Lady Caroline Margaret Montagu-Douglas-Scott, the youngest daughter of the 8th Duke of Buccleuch. Their wedding was attended by Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother), and the future Elizabeth II. They lived in the grounds of Syon Park in London, with a house in Tuscany and had four sons and one daughter.
He was elected as Member of Parliament in 1962, sitting as its MP from 1974 until his retirement in 1992. He held several junior posts under Edward Heath, becoming Secretary of Defence. Under Margaret Thatcher he served as Lord Privy Seal from 1979-81, becoming a life peer in 1992. In parliament, he was a social liberal, voting to abolish the death penalty, and legalise abortion and homosexuality. He also supported the campaign to join the EEC. He was a ‘one nation’ politician, a social liberal, and was identified by Thatcher as a ‘wet’.

In 2004 his wife died and Ian Gilmour died in 2007, aged 81.

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Movie bizDESCRIPTION:
In 1958 Nina decided to explore Italy; although she had only £3 in the world and no job to go to, she had just the promise of a mattress on the floor of a friend’s apartment.
This is the fascinating account of how she virtually fell into the movie biz in Rome. Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Marcello Mastroianni were huge stars and the biggest star of all at the box office was Alberto Sordi, for whom Nina unexpectedly found herself working. She also played leading roles in the dubbing of foreign films into English. She met stars like David Niven, Peter Ustinov and Jack Palance.
Later, when she married a film editor, she lived and worked in Toronto, Madrid and her beloved Rome. She writes like a dream, so that you are right there with her, and gain an insight into the golden age of European films in the sixties and seventies. When the movie biz hit a crisis, she and her husband moved to Shropshire and lived the “good life”.
But that was not the end of the story. More changes were to come, and more adventures…

AUTHOR:
Nina Rootes worked on hundreds of films, as a dubber, language coach and translator for books written in French and Italian. She now lives in Ludlow, Shropshire, where she acted in amateur dramatics and now writes and looks back on a roller-coaster life.

PUBLICITY:
To be reviewed in film magazines and in the film pages of major newspapers.

EXCLUSIONS:
Vine House Distribution Ltd. distributes this title: Worldwide

Elegant Simplicity

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Elegant Simplicity is learning to live with less, to respect others, to control one’s ego and try to preserve the precious resources on our planet. We have complicate dour lives with possessions, riches and clutter, whereas only in inner and outer simplicity can true fulfillment and happiness be found. By demanding less, we should be ready to give more. We can respect our finite natural environment, overcome our ego and all that it demands, learn to love with our souls and live without pride. Therein lies understanding and happiness

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.

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