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DEAD & TALKING 95%+ 5 star reviews
BLURB: Dead & Talking
If a ghost appeared from nowhere, rescued you from suicide and then ordered you to start solving crimes to help dead people, what would you do? When it happens to Porter Norton, he just wants to put his head in his hands and have nothing to do with it. But now he has to atone for the family curse that has seen all the men die at their own hands for five generations. The Gliss, the sarcastic spirit that rescues him, says he can now and see and hear the Dead – if he’s close to their remains. Porter has to use his unwelcome gift to clear up past injustices. Or else. Forced to investigate the murder of a WW1 British Tommy executed for spying in 1917, he begins to suspect the case has links to his own family history. Along the way, Porter enlists the help of a bickering group of misfits, who struggle to stay involved – because only fools believe in the supernatural, don’t they? Full of pop culture references, banter and twists, the story takes us from present-day London and Flanders to scenes from World War 1. As Porter, The Gliss, and friends, get deeper into the explosive case, they discover their own lives and sanity are at stake. An evil from WW1 pursues them all.
FEATURE OF THE WEEK: WHY WAS IT SO HARD?
If you had asked me, two years ago, what’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done professionally, I guarantee it would not have included anything to do with writing. Second-nature. Always has been. No, it would have to be something else. Let’s see: Making a documentary...
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Pinocchio had Jiminy Cricket to act as his conscience. I have a teenage girl and a little shoeless boy, as mine. It started with a call to the office from one of our ambulance service contacts: A teenage girl has fallen 13 floors from the stairwell in the tower block...
“It’s your turn to do the loony Des.” My news editor put the phone down. Reception had a walk-in. It was my turn, so why fight it? With a sigh I pulled myself away from the screen and headed for the stairs in trepidation. This rarely went well. I had experienced the...
One of the greatest days of my life was the day I got to play with Larry Adler, the greatest harmonica player there ever was. Larry was playing a benefit show for the Hackney Empire in 1993 and the Empire hosted a photocall to promote the show. I loved the Empire....
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MEET THE AUTHOR
Des is a former journalist for The Times of London and a producer/director for the BBC, ITV and Ch4. He is a composer and musician and founded the Young Directors Film School. He has just published his first novel, Dead & Talking. Available on Amazon now.
If you must know more about this sinister looking chap, click on his photo. But I warn you, neither his photo or biography are a pretty sight!
IN THE NEWS
I gave a talk on getting out of a creative rut last week for Hackney Council. Was great to teach memory techniques AND Save the Cat beat sheets to one group, in one session.
I love giving inspirational talks about creativity and my work in the media. Email me if you need anyone to give a talk
We had the AMAZING Des Burkinshaw along for our latest Things to make you think! speaker event last week. Des gave us hugely helpful tips and examples of how to get out of a creative rut.
Astrid Keogh – OD Manager, Hackney Council
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