Bobby Elliott has played drums for The Hollies since 1963 and continues to tour with them all over the world. From working-class roots in post-war Lancashire to the Polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel, his autobiography immerses the reader in an eye-witness history of British rock and pop music.
Stephen Jarvis’s ambitious first novel won lavish praise from critics on both sides of the Atlantic on its publication in 2015. With a cast of real-life characters, vivid descriptions of Dickensian England and a masterfully-structured plot, Jarvis brings alive the troubled inception of a literary phenomenon.
Former Newcastle United footballer Paul Ferris’s autobiography was widely acclaimed on its publication in 2018, and went on to win a slew of awards and garlands including The Times and Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year, The Telegraph Football Book of the Year, William Hill Sports Book of the Year finalist and The Daily Telegraph Sports Autobiography of the Year.
Television rights have been sold and The Boy on the Shed is now being developed as a TV event mini-series.
First published in 1974, the film rights to Voyage of the Damned by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts were soon sold and ITC’s film appeared two years later.
A stage adaptation by novelist and playwright Daniel Kehlmann was presented at the Josefstadt Theatre in Vienna in 2018, and now BBC Radio have commissioned their own 90 minute version from Sir Tom Stoppard. The play, titled The Voyage of the St Louis, was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 9 May, 2020.
In an autobiography covering 1968-2020, Paul Nicholas tells the whole story of his rise to fame and over half a century in the limelight – starring roles in West End musicals Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar; scaling the charts with a string of hits in the 1970s; TV stardom in BBC comedy series Just Good Friends (left, with co-star Jan Francis); producing stage musicals including Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Singin’ in the Rain; playing Gavin Sullivan in Eastenders and, most recently, becoming a reality TV favourite in The Real Marigold Hotel.