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Elizabeth, Peter and Me...: The Story of a Gems Heist, Grave Robbing and Bingo! [Paperback]

Mark Baxter
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Mono Media Books; 1st edition (18 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955557313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955557316
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Whilst working on a variety of '9-5' jobs over the years, I came up with plenty of ideas which I thought would make good books. The hardest thing was breaking through into the literary world.

My mentor in the world of writing is Paolo Hewitt. I first met Paolo properly in 2000. Since then we have collaborated on three books. The first, The Fashion of Football, was voted as one of the top 50 football books of all time by 442 magazine. I came up with this idea in the late 90s and tried unsuccessfully to get it to a publishing house. Once Paolo got involved however, this all changed due to his knowledge as to how it all worked and we got a deal with Maistream

The Fashion of Football is currently out of print but is available as a eBook. A six month exhibition based on the book T ran at The National Football Museum in Manchester til August 2013

Our second book, The Mumper, was published through Lulu.com in 2007. A slow burner it took off very nicely and was sold to Orion in 2011 and then made into a feature length film, called 'Outside Bet' which hit the cinemas in the UK on April 27th 2012. Starring Bob Hoskins, Jenny Agutter, Calum MacNab and Phil Davies. Distributed by Universal Pictures.

My third book with Paolo was published in May 2012 and is called The A-Z of Mod (Prestel). This looks at the history and influences of the Moderninst movement over the past fifty years.

I have also had two local history books published called 'Walworth Through Time vols 1&2 (Amberley)' co-written with Darren Lock. These look at the area of SE17, and have sold extremely well locally.

My new solo novel 'Elizabeth, Peter and Me is due out on November 18th 2013

Product Description

'Hello, my name's Vinny, Vinny Hawkins. I'm an old man now, in my seventies and live in sheltered housing, but when I was twenty-one in 1962, I was out and about, ducking and diving. One day I was dodging about in Soho back then and bumped into an Italian hotel porter mate of mine who told me about this world famous actress who was well known for being, shall we say, casual with her jewellery. Always leaving it all over the place she was. Anyway, up a drainpipe I go and I managed to get my hands on some of those gems. This was the best result I'd ever had. These beauties were worth a fortune and would be my pension. Only, things then went all wobbly on me. All going well and then bosh! My 'fence' has a death in the family with his old mum passing over and my gems seemingly going with her... I got my collar felt for a previous job that earned me a ten stretch and me and that jewellery parted company. When I left prison, I went straight, then retired and moved in here. But, fifty years later, those gems suddenly became important to me and I need to get my hands on them again. To do it, to get them back will involve grave robbing and cracking a safe, but you know what? I think I can do it... The question is, do you?' Elizabeth, Peter and Me... ISBN - 9 780955 - 557316

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant book 30 Nov 2013
By martin
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I just finished what I think is amongst the best book I have read in ages, the story line could be straight out of a Peter Sellers starring role in a Boulting Brothers or Ealing Company Film, its fantastic .. and brings memories flooding back to me from a long old time ago.

Theres many a twist and turn... all neatly coming in at the end that put an even bigger smile on my face... I loved the characters, people I could easily visualise and their depth of personality made the whole story completely believable..

If the Boulting boys were still around this would be the film they would make today... its a perfect read, a brilliant story line that makes you want to put the book down have a laugh and then reflect a bit about yourself and where you are in life... some parts are a bit sad..and bought a tear to my eye, but, many others gave me such a laugh I even started telling a few of the one liners myself.... above all though I think its an inspiring read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tomfoolery From The Bingo Brigade 18 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback
After the great read that was The Mumper Mark Baxter had his work cut out with his follow up. Did he match it? No he surpassed it. With the balance of humour and touching moments you could be excused for thinking it was created by the late great John Sullivan. Ok Vinnie might have a shady past but does that make him a bad man? Anything but. This book is so well written you can easily picture the characters and their surroundings. Just when you think you know where this story is going you are thrown a curve ball. If his last book was made into a film ( Outside bet ) this has to go the same way. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent London book 16 Dec 2013
By Ian
Format:Paperback
An excellent London book written by a "proper" London author, Mark Baxter has written this in the way that real London people speak, not "Cor blimey guvnor" in every sentence like others less understanding often have.
Although the lead character Vinny is an old villain he also has a softer side which Mark captures really well as he does with his other characters in the book, they're described so well you can visualise them all.
The story takes many twists and turns, none predictable and keeps you gripped throughout, an excellent and easy read but difficult to put down, the sign of a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 28 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback
Elizabeth, Peter and Me was very enjoyable as it kept the suspense going, I'm familiar with the areas of London the book is set and enjoyed the characters but it also helped be re-evaluate my views of people in their twilight years. So i'd recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have read in years 21 May 2014
Format:Paperback
Following on from the Mumper, Mark Baxter has produced another gem with Elizabeth, Peter and Me. Written in his unique and affable style, it takes you right inside the world of the Benhill residents and their lives, and holds you there. As a result I was hooked until the end and have since re-read which is something I rarely do, if ever. Do yourself a favour and read this book, it warms the heart and brings a smile to your face in every chapter without fail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mumper has done it again! Brill! 12 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
Author Mark Baxter has done it again! ELIZABETH,PETER & ME is a winner from start to end!
The characters are real and you just cannot put the book down! The plot will have you on edge.
Justice rocks o.k.!(Hurrah!) Certainly it will make you think of all the people that crossed you! lol
The Mumper - a classic! Delighted this book was from the same stable! Cold modern day Britain
defeated by old time values. Loved it!
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