Marianne Faithfull: As Years Go By.
Marianne Faithfull was the perfect icon of the Swinging Sixties; her life as colourful as the decade itself.  A quiet but beautiful convent girl, she became internationally famous through her relationship with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones.

As Years Go By  is a richly detailed portrait of a woman who has lived an incredible life, one that far transcends her best known role as courtesan to the chief Rolling Stone.From aristocratic lineage to convent school, stardom to attempted suicide, junkie to punk, folk singer to torch chanteuse, Marianne has seen her life flash by in banner headlines.Researched through over 50 interviews with her family, former lovers and friends, As Years Go By reveals the truth behind the headlines, the person behind the profile.Updated and extensively revised by one of the UK’s most acclaimed writers, it is a candid, illuminating account of an endearing yet misunderstood artist.
Mark Hodkinson is an acclaimed journalist, author and broadcaster. He has written for The Times for many years, three as a columnist, and made several radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4. He owns the independent publishing house, Pomona Books.
Publication Date  13th May 2013
ISBN 978.1.78038.837.3
Order No. OP55044
Size 280pp, 234x156mm
Images colour photos
Cover softcover
Price £14.95

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Loisaida -- A New York Story Paperback.

The core of this gritty, only in New York-story was inspired by real events - a beautiful, aspiring dancer slain. The psychotic room-mate has confessed, but a dilettante actor-turned-journalist thinks there's more to it and investigates. Soon one of his sources mentions he might have better luck gaining trust if he'd shoot dope. 

Welcome to New York's East Village, aka Loisaida, circa 1988. Meet your neighbors - artists, dreamers, hustlers, devil worshipers, anarchists, junkies and yuppies - all competing for breathing space in a city without air. It's the era of greed, when the poor are objects of scorn not sympathy, and the gentrifiers view themselves as urban pioneers. This is a story about sex and drugs and real estate. This is a story about a murder... 

Word Count: 101k Genre: Literary Fiction, General Fiction, Neo-noir Literary Thriller

also by  Marion Stein

Gateway of the Saviours.


Gollancz Publishing


AJ Dalton (Adam Dalton) has been an English language teacher as far afield as Egypt, the Czech R, Thailand, Slovakia, Poland and Manchester Metropolitan University.
gateway of the savioursHe published his first Fantasy trilogy, consisting of Necromancer’s Gambit (2008), Necromancer’s Betrayal (2009) and Necromancer’s Fall (2010), to great acclaim. His first book from Gollancz, Empire of the Saviours, is out now in paperback. the sequel, Gateway of the Saviours, is available now!. from most outlets.
Jillan leaves the town of Godsend and his friends in order to fulfill an oath made to the God of Mayhem. Pursued by assassins and spies of the Empire, he goes on a quest  to discover a power that might be used to raise the old gods and throw off the cruel Empire of the Saviours.
Meanwhile, the full fury of the Empire descends on Godsend. Many of Jillan’s friends are killed. His beloved Hella is captured and incarcerated in the Great Temple of the Saviours, so that she can be used to blackmail him.You can of course buy Gateway of the Saviours from all good bookshops (and probably a few bad ones) or from Amazon



By Paul Mccusker.
Paul's latest book is here! The CS Lewis estate has invited him to annotate "The Screwtape Letters," the first of Lewis' books to have such annotations written. The notes are not theological or interpretive (who would dare!), but explanations of literary references and WW2 English-isms, along with directions to other Lewis' writings on subjects raised in the book. It provides insights for those who know "Screwtape" well, and for those reading it for the first time. This beautiful hardback gift book is available on Amazon.

Another recommended book  by Paul Mccusker. 

Season of the Shadows. Set in WWII London.Love, deception, betrayal, decisions, duty, and the truth. How did things get so complicated? The night before had been so ordinary . . . as Julie Harris played the charming socialite at another of her husband's high-society Washington parties. But that morning . . . Julie awoke to find herself a widow, forced to deal with the scandal surrounding Stewart Harris's death---and with the shocking, unsuspected secrets of his life. Now her search for the truth about her late husband has brought Julie to wartime London. Posing as an aide at the U.S. embassy, she sets out to fulfil her mission: infiltrate a radical Fascist group---a group with mysterious ties to her husband's past.
available from Amazon

The Richard

Matthewman Stories
Ian McMillan & Martyn Wiley
Published 16 March 2009
ISBN 978-1-904590-21-7 and 1-904590-21-7

For a Yorkshireman who has spent half a lifetime in his native pit village, moving south is a mixed blessing and it is where Richard Matthewman's memories begin as he looks back with affection, humour, and no small measure of exasperation at 42 summers - and bitter winters.

From boyhood through adolescence to marriage and a family, his stories are filled with a rich gallery of characters - the relations, friends and village notables of a vital community filled with life and incident but as brittle and unmistakably northern as the coal seams on which it was built.originally broadcasted on Radio 4. the Richard Matthewman stories have achieved cult status.Written by the ' John Peel' of poetry Ian McMillan and his pal the late Martin Wiley, They focus on episodes in the life of Richard Matthewman,schoolboy,student,teacher and reluctant plant pot cleaner. Humorous and poignant,the stories are crammed with characters and everyday tales of life in a northern town.Ian has written a new instalment exclusively for the book, bringing Matthewman's journey up to the present day.( Available from Pomona Books)

'It's impossible not to like McMillan. If they made him Poet Laureate on Friday, a lot more people would be reading poetry by Monday.

Sue Arnold, The Guardian.
' He is one of my all-time heroes.He is so talented I could kill him'
Mike Harding.
'The Shirley Bassey of performance poetry'
The Times
'Relentlessly Jolly'

My Word Hardcover – 14 Jun 2007 by Terry Christian

 Message left on Channel 4 complaints line: 'Your presenter is a heap of shit. You've got a raving fxxxg poofter on there -- this is not entertainment. I'd love to talk to that txxt. He wants whacking. Ring me back tomorrow and I'll discuss it with you.' The Word, and Terry Christian in particular, tended to divide its audience. Its late-night mix of cutting-edge music and irreverent, what can best be described as 'student' humour won the hearts of millions while bringing an equal number out in hives. There's no question though that the programme helped shape TV for years to follow. My Word is Terry Christian's take on life behind the scenes at Channel 4 in the nineties. He takes no prisoners in this hugely entertaining account of the journey from a working-class childhood in Manchester to the heart of London's television world. The picture that emerges is not of some leery Manc geezer chancing his arm on national television, but of a slightly leery Manc geezer who has a more sensitive side, is a grammar school boy, is a twice Sony-award winning radio presenter, who is soaked in music, and who has had to battle for all his working life against the prejudices of those who control broadcasting in the UK.

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