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Splendid Books to publish Postcards from a Rock & Roll Tour

Splendid Books has acquired Postcards from a Rock & Roll Tour by musician and writer Gordy Marshall.

Marshall’s debut book – the first of a series – is a witty and wry take on life on the road touring with legendary rock band The Moody Blues. It will be published in September 2012.

Part memoir, part travelogue, it’s a candid, unexpected and often hilarious account of just what it’s like to travel around the world playing to sell-out audiences, living out of a suitcase and spending days and days on a tour bus.

“We believe we have discovered a brilliant new writing talent in Gordy Marshall,” says Splendid Books’ Publishing Director, Steve Clark. “Postcards from a Rock & Roll Tour is a very witty and keenly observed book which is both amusing and revealing.

“If you thought life on the road with a rock band was all sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll then think again – Gordy Marshall says differently!” adds Steve. “It’s a cracking read – whimsical, clever and laugh out loud funny.”

You can pre-order Postcards from a Rock & Roll Tour at the discounted price of £5.99 (RRP £7.99) here.

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Anna Friel filming on location in Southsea, Hampshire

Actress Anna Friel was spotted shooting a new film Having You in Southsea, Hampshire.

She was on location with Atonement’s Romola Garai and Garrow’s Law star Andrew Buchan.

In an article in The Portsmouth News producer Oliver Roskill said: “We were looking for a pier and an amusement arcade. Although the film’s location isn’t made too specific in the film we do make references to Southsea.”

To read more about the shooting of this new film go to The News.

To find out more about filming locations buy The British Television Location Guide.

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A Greater Love goes to Italy

Splendid Books is delighted to announce that one of our most popular titles, A Greater Love, is to be published in Italy.

This heart-wrenching, true love story set in World War Two has already been snapped up by Croatian publishers and now Italian readers can learn of author Olga Watkins’s incredible story.

Yugoslavian-born Olga was just 20 years old when she fell in love with handsome Hungarian diplomat Julius Koreny, a divorcee with a young child.

But as the Second World War took hold, Julius was inexplicably arrested by the Gestapo, leaving his bewildered fiancé to wonder if she’d ever see him again.

A desperate Olga refused to accept Julius was lost to her and set about looking for the man she loved, travelling over 2,000 miles across war-torn Europe.

Her terrifying ordeal which spanned more than two years, left Olga on the verge of despair but thanks to her resilience and her great love, her search led her to find him…..in a German concentration camp.

Olga, who is now 89 and living in London, said she is thrilled her story will now be told in Italian.

“This means so much to me; I am delighted that European readers will learn about my search for Julius and what it was like for us all during the Second World War. This is exciting news,” she said.

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