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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495299953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495299957
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,989,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pam Howes was born in Cheshire. She is a retired Interior Designer who began writing seriously about fourteen years ago. The idea for her first novel, set in the sixties, was inspired by her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. That first novel evolved into a series set in the fictional town of Pickford, based on her home town of Stockport. Three Steps to Heaven; 'Til I Kissed You; Always On My Mind; Not Fade Away, and That'll Be The Day, follow the lives and loves through the decades of fictional Rock'n'Roll band The Raiders. Pam is a big fan of sixties music and it's this love that compelled her to write the series. A stand-alone true-life romance, Fast Movin' Train, set in the nineties, was published in early 2012. A new series of Fairground Romances, set in the sixties, begins with Cathy's Clown, to be followed by Ruby Tuesday late 2014. Pam is mum to three adult daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren, and roadie to one musician partner. She still lives in Cheshire and also writes short stories and poems which have appeared in charity anthologies and online e-zines. She is currently involved in raising awareness of her hometown's musical heritage with campaigns to have Blue Plaques erected on the walls of local clubs, The Manor Lounge and The Sinking Ship, where the likes of The Walker Brother's, The Who and Jimi Hendrix played; now closed, but still firmly in the hearts of Stockport's recycled teenagers.

Update: By popular demand, there will be a sixth Raiders' novel. You Better Move On will be published in spring 2015.

All books are available in Kindle format, paperback, and Fast Movin' Train is also available as an audio book.

Check out Pam's website for monthly blogs and details of new releases. http://pamelahowes.weebly.com/index.html

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pam-Howes-Author/260328010709267

And Twitter @PamHowes1

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BOOKWORM OZ on 22 Dec. 2013
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It's official. Pam Howes is the queen of sixties fiction!
I can see Cathy's Clown developing into another successful series.
As ever, it is well documented with the fashions and the exciting music scene of those times, and the author has a firm handle on the very different hopes and expectations of women.
Cathy has ambitions to become a nurse rather than marry and be trapped into a world of nappies and child rearing. The behaviour of her dead-leg stepfather further cements the way she feels about her blossoming career and all seems rosy when she secures a place at nursing college.
Gianni, her handsome biker boyfriend is her cherry on the icing but before long he faces issues of his own, and the death of his mother re-stirs a pot of curiosity about his estranged father. With Cathy intent on her career, he swaps a secure office job for life on the road with the fair.
It's young love against all the odds, well characterised and written in the authors unmistakable style.
I really enjoyed it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Vincent on 29 Dec. 2013
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I love reading Pam Howes novels and this one is just as good as the others. The period of the 50s and 60s is evoked through her writing and this story of love and family tragedies, together with the threat of a really horrible step-father keeps you guessing which way it will go. I went to a few fairs during the 60s and remember the young men on the waltzers (not all as good looking as our hero here though!). Times were a'changin' during this period and Pam catches the mood very well. Would highly recommend this to everyone who grew up in the sixties and to the younger adults of today if they want to experience those times vicariously through Pam's writing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Maur Dean on 2 Feb. 2014
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Another brilliant novel by Pam..I can't wait for the sequel, took me back to my early teens, Pam really has a talent for taking the reader back in time, I really cared about the characters and am looking forward to following their journey through life with all the many ups and downs that I am sure life will throw at them. Well done again!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By carol on 19 Mar. 2014
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Well another good book from this very talented author i am awaiting the next week, when i start one of these books i cant put down, the are all based in the 60s which was my teens so can relate to the time it was set in keep the books coming i say thanks
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on 1 April 2014
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Pam Howes writes with authenticity about life for a woman in the 1960s. Cathy's expected to marry and have babies, but she wants more from her life, having seen how her mother has been trapped by family and a no-good alcoholic husband. She's set on a career as a nurse and even Gianni, her dark and handsome biker boyfriend, can't persuade her to give it up for love. But Gianni has issues of his own to resolve and soon Cathy's torn between working for her own dream or life on the road with his.

This is unashamedly romance, young love and with everything you'd expect from the genre. But it has depth and flavour. The author captures the heart and soul of the times and what it meant to be young and single in the 1960s. I look forward to the sequel!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on 23 Feb. 2014
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Loved this book read it in two sessions, about a young girl who's wanted to become a nurse meets young lad who after finishing his apprenticeship decideds he needs to find the father he haven't seen for years. Story of young lovers who want to be together but also want to fulfil there own individual dreams, will their love for each other survive the separations and problems they have to endure along the way. I have only just started reading Pam Howes books in the last few months, all set in the north west of England I have loved everyone can't wait for the next one to come out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kathleen on 30 Dec. 2013
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Pam Howes is a brilliant writer of 50s/60s novels. i have read everyone of them, absolutely loved them all, and this one is the same. i was sorry to get to the end, a sign of a great book.
Gianni is a lad of the sixties, has a good job, but has a pull of the fairground and ends up working on them. Cathy his girlfriend wants to have a career as a nurse, doesent want be tied down with kids. Gianni goes traveling with the fairground, do they end up happy together, i wont say.
Gianni's father owned the fairground and worked on the wall of death, wasnt with his mother. when his mother dies, he wants to know more about his father. Cathys stepfather is a horrible man. what happens next? its up to you the reader ,to read the book to find out.
i found myself singing to every song that is mentioned in the book, an added bonus. many i forgot came back to me, and i remembered the words. i was a child of the sixties, loved the music, the clothes, the freedom. fairgrounds were a big part of my life, as were the bikes. we had a triumph 'bonnie' same as Gianni.
it felt like forever waiting for this book. and wow.....it was worth the wait, like all of Pam Howes books.
now i must wait for the next in the saga. hope its not long.
i would recommend this book and the series to young and old alike. for the young, so you could see how your parents lived, and for the older (i am 65) to relive our youth. it has sadness and happiness, some edge of your seat things, a great saga. highly recommended. well done Pam Howes, you done it again. ps get it at a great price, at 99p, its a bargain. cant get a magazine for that.
well done Pam Howes. now waiting for the sequel please xxx
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