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  • Paperback: 570 pages
  • Publisher: Random Harvest Publishing; 02 edition (26 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095339011X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953390113
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,654,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a child my mother dragged me around all of the film studio offices in London's Soho. She was only 5-feet-two inches tall, like the actress Holly Hunter, but she was a real powerhouse and small-time actress.

"Do you have an appointment with the head of the studio?" The snooty 1950's receptionists would usually ask. She didn't, but she would often just grab my hand and make a run for the guy's office. When we got inside, and we usually did, my mum would say; "This is my son, this is Raymond Russell..." At around 5 years old, I would then break into a song and dance routine my mum had taught me, sometimes I was still singing and dancing as we were thrown onto the pavement!

Occasionally my mum was successful. I got a small part in the film Kill Me Tomorrow. During the filming Lois Maxwell the co-star came over and chatted with me on my fictional hospital bed. When I got back to school I told everyone that I had slept with James Bond's Miss Moneypenny!

I was also in the old black and white version of the Robin Hood TV series on British television in the middle fifties. The first day I arrived on the set in a kind of sack dress, that the under-financed prop department thought would make me look like a 14th Century village boy, I was a little scared. Richard Greene as Robin and Archie Duncan as Friar Tuck were really nice to all of the kids and I loved the adventure, until the director pointed to an enormous horse. Evidently the casting director had asked my mother if I could ride, obviously she said I was born in the saddle, even though I had never seen a horse except in cowboy movies. To make it worst there wasn't a proper saddle as we were meant to be village children in the Middle Ages.

"OK!" the second director shouted as I clung to the temperamental stallion. "All you horsemen..."

OMG I thought, this monster is going to throw me in the first ditch.

"Gallop across that field as fast as you can, try to look scared as if you're running for your lives!"

In my case that was absolutely true, I'll never know how I stayed on the beast, but at the end of the afternoon the director came over to me and said, "Well done son you acted truly terrified." I've never forgotten how to ride.

Now here's the serious bit.

Raymond Russell is an award-winning journalist, formally with The Sunday Times and a BBC foreign correspondent. Playwright of the Off-Broadway hit, Jack, Nikita and Norma-Jeane, the television play, Two legs Good, Four Wheels Better. And the author of two non-fiction books, The London Garden & Terrace Restaurant Guide and the beautifully illustrated, Provencal Diet. In 2013 Russell's debut novel Deadly Endings has been met with wide acclaim, and he is now writing the prequel, Deadly Sin.

http://deadlyendings.blogspot.co.uk/
http://jacknikitaandnorma-jeane.blogspot.co.uk/
http://theprovencaldiet.blogspot.co.uk/


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About the Author

Raymond Russell is an award-winning journalist, formally with The Sunday Times and a BBC foreign correspondent. Playwright of the Off-Broadway hit, Jack, Nikita and Norma-Jeane, the television play, Two legs Good, Four Wheels Better. And the author of two non-fiction books, The London Garden & Terrace Restaurant Guide and the beautifully illustrated, The Provencal Diet. In 2013 Russell’s debut novel Deadly Endings has been met with wide acclaim, and he is now writing the prequel, Deadly Beginnings.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nando on 20 Dec. 2013
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This book was given to my wife by a friend, it drove me mad because she wouldn't put it down. So I started to read it and it did the same to me! There are not many novels that are exciting all the way through, this story starts in 1907 and then switches between the Sixties and the beginning of the century. At first it seems like several plots, but as the book progresses the various characters come together in what must be one of the most exciting stories I have ever read. My wife was screaming at some of the characters and willing them to act differently. By the time you get to the last quarter of the book, you have to find a quiet place as you won't be able to put it down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on 27 July 2013
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Deadly Endings is a fascinating journey through sixty glorious years of history, from the suffragettes to the swinging sixties! A tale of murder and intrigue, routed in the past, with a dramatic plot which races through Europe from London to Barcelona. The characters are many and varied, with lives often tragic and heartbreaking. The climax of the tale is both surprising and very exciting. I thoroughly recommend this story as one of your "holiday reads".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KeelieJ on 3 Oct. 2013
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The story springs backwards and forwards in time, with twists and turns in every chapter. The characters were interesting and sub plots merged to reveal an outcome that was unexpected.
The only disappointment for me was with such a well written book there was a couple of basic spelling mistakes that should have been amended by proof-reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By angela more on 13 Aug. 2013
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I read this in one long session on my way to California. A wonderful and exciting companion. Written with a light touch and really well constructed.
I'll certainly be eager for his next one. Elaine Spencer. Ca.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mia on 26 Aug. 2013
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A long book chock-full of cardboard characters. It contains a number of strands that nearly come together at the end, so the ending is nearly satisfying. The story leaps backwards and forwards through different eras, which adds to the feeling of trying to piece together a jigsaw puzzle without the picture. A very good holiday read.
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