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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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Millennium

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DESCRIPTION:
Millennium is a fast moving story of our time. Fact blurs with fiction as a terrifying drama unfolds. A shadowy terrorist sect with a thousand years of history is preparing a devastating, simultaneous assault on the world’s most populous and famous cities.

Only one man can confront the threat and he must depend on the help of his lover and their friends in London and in Century City, capital of the newly-established African republic of Millennium.

Tension increases with the struggle against an unknown agenda and uncertain timeline. The action races towards a climax in the wild bushland of Africa, deep in a country which was born on the first day of the century, described in the author’s companion novel, Wings of the Morning.

AUTHOR:
Julian Beale is the author of Wings of the Morning, a powerful thriller published by Umbria Press. He live near Chippping Camden, Cotswolds, Glos.

PUBLICITY:
Reviews, author promotion, facebook, twitter etc. Smiths featured Wings of the Morning as a selected title.

EXCLUSIONS:
None.

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Path of Duty

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DESCRIPTION:
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

EXCLUSIONS:
World rights

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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DESCRIPTION:
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.

EXCLUSIONS:
Vine House Distribution Ltd. distributes this title.

The Silent Village

DESCRIPTION:
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.

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

The Naked Heroine

DESCRIPTION:
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:
Vine House distributes this title in the following areas: WORLDWIDE

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