I Want To Live In Spain

In the middle of dreary, drawn-out English winter, Mark Harrison and his wife Vivien suddenly took stock of their lives and decided it was time for a change. Ten months later, and now jobless, they moved into their new home on the outskirts of the village Parcent, in the Jalon valley, inland from Spain’s Costa […]

Keith Moon Stole My Lipstick

(Out of Print) “A fascinating and intriguing journey through the 1970’s pop scene”“I honestly couldn’t put it down” “Beautifully captures those hip/happening times” “An elegy to childhood dreams and lost innocence”   Were you ever a teenager trying to get to grips with the world around you? Have you heard of The Beatles, The Stones, […]

A Necessary Killing

(Out of Print) Julie Sumner is no quitter. When her husband is killed, she runs their plague-threatened farm alone. All around battle the same danger and wonder at her refusal to grieve, but Julie’s obsessive allegiance to the land and her animals is the only thing that keeps her going. Even when everyone else surrenders, […]

The Mmm Girl

The Mmm Girl; Marilyn Monroe, by herself The Mmm Girl trailer on YOUTUBE‘Nothing lasts forever…we all have a short time, to shine or just survive.’ Who was Marilyn Monroe? She began as Norma Jeane, the Los Angeles waif who dreamed of being a movie star. The camera worshipped her, and she became America’s greatest sex […]

The Screen of Change

THE SCREEN OF CHANGE by Peter HopkinsonThe Screen of Change is a memoir and historical study from film-maker Peter Hopkinson. The BUFVC has published chapter two, ‘Film and Politics’, with the generous permission of the author. Below is his resumé of the complete work: “In this new work Peter Hopkinson writes not only of the […]

Footprints in the Ash

On mountain slopes south of Pompeii a group of Roman citizens flees the doomed city, leaving their footprints in a layer of volcanic ash. Two thousand years later the footprints are rediscovered, and a joint Anglo-Italian dig is set up. Just when the project is making progress, eminent Oxford archaeologist Professor Julian Lockhart vanishes mysteriously. […]

Wigan is Wonderful

Wigan. The birthplace of northern soul and home of the world’s most famous pier. A place Jason knows is wonderful because it contains everything he’ll ever need: an endless stream of beer, girls and weekends where anything can happen. A town Denise wants to settle in forever with her boyfriend and baby, and somewhere Mark […]

Stan’s Highway

In June 2010 my father died after an illness that had started to afflict him about a year previously, as far as I could tell. He was 84 and had led a very happy life, but the way he had lived it certainly didn’t warrant such suffering. I’d been working on my poems as usual, […]

Winstanley: Warts and All

“Mr Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it.” — Oliver Cromwell.   In the words of director, Kevin […]