A Barn in Normandy by Jennie Phillips

A Barn in Normandy

Principal category Biography
Word count (approximate pages) 44,500 (105)
In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $3.00

“The Good Life in France”

Jennie and her actor husband Conrad form part of a wave of enterprising Brits who, in the 1980’s and 1990’s, buy up property in France, restore it, and live the good life. In their case, it’s an old barn which they fall in love with. Although a beautiful and robust building, it presents them with enormous challenges as they struggle to make it into a home while at the same time retaining its unique character.

The couple are welcomed with open arms into both French and English communities, but cultural and linguistic differences give rise to many humorous happenings which Jennie’s sharp eye and delicious turn of phrase record in detail.

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The two expats are born survivors, rising above ill health and even escaping virtually unscathed from the Lothar Storm of December 1999. They take everything in their stride until one dark night a road accident undermines their confidence in their chosen country. Will they retire defeated or will they battle through to recreate their dream?

This is a book which makes you feel a part of the author’s life as she embraces her surroundings, including the primitive lifestyle which the building project necessitates in its early stages. The text is embellished by colour photographs.

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A Northern Life by A L Mottley

A Northern Life

Principal category Biography
Word count (approximate pages) 60,800 (160)
In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $4.99
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What she don’t know, can’t hurt me!

Based on true life events this is a side-splittingly funny look at the life a of young mixed-race girl, Lesley, growing up in the north of England, during the 60’s and early 70’s. She lives in a noisy and cramped but nevertheless loving home along with her siblings and parents. Lesley is the eldest of six children all born within 8 years of each other and her book tells of her constant battles with her siblings and the unique relationship she shares with her ‘Mam’ – a strict and loving but, in Lesley’s eye, a ‘strange’ woman

A Northern Life covers the lives and traditions of a typical working class family, growing up on a council estate in the north of Manchester, with a twist of Caribbean flavour, courtesy of her Barbadian father.

It features typically strong northern female characters such as Mam and Nana and their outlook and views on life in general as seen from the perspective of a small child.

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Read about Whitsun and Christmas preparations and what to do when it rains – all through the author’s uniquely funny style. It also charts Lesley’s increasing ‘fed-up-ness’ at the never ending appearance of more kids in the household and her despair at having to ‘play’ with them along with her ‘hilarious’ confrontations with Mam.

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Reviews

“This author’s first book is a laugh out loud assortment of tales from her life growing up in North Manchester as the child of a mixed race marriage. She is tremendously funny in her telling of anecdotes, and stories involving her parents and grandparents, siblings and friends.”
MH, Chadderton

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Conrad Phillips acted in 103 films and TV shows as well as making numerous theatre performances and even a cameo appearance on the second episode of The Golden Shot game show. His acting career spanned the 43-year period from 1948 to 1991 but was prematurely terminated by knee and hip injuries sustained while filming. Conrad’s most famous role was as the lead in William Tell which had 39 episodes and was re-screened well into the 1960’s.

Today, Conrad lives in Chippenham in the county of Wiltshire which is in the West of England and from where he’s written this autobiography and is currently working on a novel. He’s married to Jennie, whom he’s been with for nearly 50 years and who is also a writer.

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Aiming True by Conrad Phillips

Aiming True

 Principal category Biographies
 Word count (approximate pages) 101,200 (213)
 In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $9.00

The autobiography of Conrad Phillips

‘Aiming True’ is the autobiography of Conrad Phillips, star of the long-running television series ‘William Tell’, who played many roles in theatre, film and television over a span of more than 40 years.

As might be expected, the book gives us anecdotes about other actors and actresses – hilarious snippets which allow us to peek into the lives of other celebrities – but it is much, much more than that. Conrad’s life encompasses experiences far removed from the world of acting – a childhood of poverty, a youth in which he saw wartime action in the Royal Navy, a divorce in which he left behind all his hard-earned wealth in order to regain his freedom, and a fresh start which he embraced with such certainty that he married his new wife only 10 weeks after they first met.

Conrad has known ups and downs like few others have in their life, and he recounts his own actions and feelings with a candour and modesty that make him at once both admirable and likeable. Humour lurks always behind the gritty realism with which hardships and heartache are described, and the upbeat ending justifies the unbroken thread of optimism.

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Over the years, Conrad has rubbed shoulders with some of the great names of the small and big screens including Frankie Howerd, Sid James, Spike Milligan, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Jennifer Jayne (his co-star from William Tell), Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Wendy Richards, Bill Franklyn, Wilfred Bramble, Donald Pleasence, Diana Fairfax and Frank Thornton to name but just a few.

Aiming True is a heart-warming and highly entertaining account of one man’s successful struggle to remain both cheerful and true to himself in the face of extreme adversity.

Conrad Phillips was born in London on 13th April, 1925.

The book contains 48 photos and a complete filmography of Conrad Phillips.

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What you say

Conrad Phillips reveals much about his eventful and interesting life in this autobiography, it is a delightful read especially so as Conrad “tells all ” in a warm, considerate and revealing way unlike so many biographies. From his childhood, through the war years , his acting career and a surprise, his years as a farmer in the remote Scottish Wilderness. A superb read, thoroughly recommended.

DJW, Southampton