Things are on the move. My redesigned website – www.billtodd.co.uk – is up and running. Plus I am about to publish my aviation history book PIGTAIL PILOT and the new untitled Danny Lancaster 6 is making progress. Pigtail Pilot will bring DLE’s bookshelf to seven titles – five crime and two factual – with Danny6 due out in spring 2016.
So that’ll keep me busy through the dark, damp winter months. I’ll keep you updated regularly on my progress on a workload that’ll keep me busy.
FINISHED some excellent books recently including Anya Lipska’s third Kiszka and Kershaw thriller set in London’s East End and Craig Russell’s The Ghosts Of Altona featuring Hamburg cop Jan Fabel. Both well worth a read.
SAD to hear of the death of stunt pilot and writer Brian Lecomber. Loved his aviation thrillers.
THIS month sees the 70th anniversary of the romantic classic movie Brief Encounter starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. British upper lips have never been stiffer but it’s all bubbling away beneath. “I didn’t think such violent things could happen to ordinary people”. I love this film.
Trevor Howard lived in Arkley. His local pub was The Gate but one day he fell out of the King’s Head and onto me as I passed by. He growled something in his uniquely grumpy style and wove away. My brush with stardom.
Last year I visited Carnforth Station in Lancashire where the railway scenes were filmed. It has an excellent museum packed with memorabilia plus a working recreation of the station buffet which does proper tea and cake. There’s also a small cinema screening the film. Worth a visit if you’re passing.
www.imdb.com – Brief Encounter