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It Ain't Heavy Death and Mr Pickwick

It Ain’t Heavy, It’s My Story

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.

Published by Omnibus Press on 2 April 2020.

Death & Mr Pickwick

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.

FRA are negotiating film and television rights.

The Boy on the Shed

The Boy on the Shed

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.

Voyage of the St Louis

Voyage of the Damned

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 first broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 9 May 2020, and received the award for Best Adaptation in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2021.

Tommy Steele: A Life in the Spotlight

Despite a phenomenal career, beginning in 1956 with the introduction of rock ’n’ roll to the UK, Sir Tommy Steele’s story has never been told in its factual and detailed entirety – until now.

A Life in the Spotlight is Sebastian Lassandro’s definitive, authorised and fully illustrated biography of one of our greatest musical stars.

The book was published by Fonthill Media on 10 June 2021.

Tommy Steele A Life in the Spotlight

Paul Nicholas: Musicals, Marigolds & Me

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; 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.

Published by Fantom on 18 October 2021.

Paul Nicholas: Musicals, Marigolds & Me

Peter Owen: Not a Nice Jewish Boy

Peter Owen, born in Nuremberg, Bavaria, was forced to emigrate to England as a five-year-old in 1933. In his early twenties he established an independent publishing house, and through the 50s and 60s led the field with books on such varied subjects as the counter-culture, gay rights, ecology and radical politics as well as quality international literature in translation. His many friends included Francis Bacon, who described him as ‘the only publisher in England who produces anything interesting.’ James Nye assisted Peter Owen in compiling his memoirs, and completed the work after Owens death.

Published by Fonthill Media on 14 October 2021

Not a Nice Jewish Boy

Pretence: why the United Kingdom needs a written constitution

Austen Morgan argues powerfully that Britain, like almost every other democracy, should adopt a codified constitution, and sketches what such a constitution might actually look like. Brexit and threats of secession in Northern Ireland and in Scotland make his arguments especially persuasive. Pretence, based on wide knowledge and learning, is a book of great importance which should be read by every concerned citizen

Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government, King’s College, London.