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Heaven's Light Paperback – 5 Jun 1998

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (5 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330344862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330344869
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born November, 1946, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Seaside childhood punctuated by football, swimming, afternoons on the dodgems, run-ins with the police, multiple raids on the local library...plus near-total immersion in English post-war cinema classics including The Dam Busters, Ice Cold in Alex, The Wooden Horse, The Cockleshell Heroes and Reach For The Sky. War-crazy? Sort of...

Wins scholarship to a London boarding school and then onward to Cambridge University. Reads English, volunteers for Six-Day War (those films again!), and emerges three years later with five mercifully unpublished manuscripts, still intent on becoming a full-time novelist. Yet more rejection slips (plus hunger) compel a career rethink...

Becomes a promotion script-writer with Southern Television, then researcher, then director. Spends the next twenty years making ITV documentaries, many of them networked. Films seabed wrecks of the Titanic and the Bismarck (with American oceanographer Bob Ballard), profiles the Brighton Bomber, produces ITV's account of Richard Branson's near-fatal attempt to cross the Atlantic by balloon, wins a number of awards...but still dreams of getting into print.

An ITV commission for 6-part drama series Rules of Engagement is sucessfully finessed into a two-book contract with Pan-Macmillan. Two more novels, both dubbed "international thrillers" follow. Sacked after Television South loses the ITV franchise and embarks on new career as - at last - a full-time novelist.

To date, 25 novels, one biography, two books for challenged readers, plus Airshow, a fly-on-the-wall novel-length piece of reportage, and Backstory, a book-length account of how and why I embarked on crime fiction. Draws gleefully on home-town Portsmouth ("Pompey") as the basis for an on-going crime series featuring D/I Joe Faraday and D/C Paul Winter. Contributes five years of personal columns to the Portsmouth News, pens a number of plays and dramatic monologues for local production (including the city's millenium celebration, Willoughby and Son), then decamps to Devon for a more considered take on Pompey low-life.

The Faraday series comes to an end after 12 books. Healthy sales at home and abroad, plus an on-going (and immensely successful) series of French TV adaptations, tempt Orion to commission a spin-off series, set in the West Country, featuring D/S Jimmy Suttle.

First book in the series, Western Approaches, publishes 2012. Second title, Touching Distance, already in the bag.

Married to the delectable Lin. Has three grown-up sons (Tom, Jack and Woody). Plus recently-arrived grandson Dylan. A corker.

Lifetime ambition? To properly master colloquial French. Current passion? Coastal quad rowing with Lin and the rest of The Forty Niners (don't ask).

Favourite time of the day? Six'o'clock.

More on my website: www.grahamhurley.co.uk

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim 8888 on 4 Jan 2003
Format: Paperback
This was a great book, a great story driven by great characterisation. It is, as the author points out, total fantasy, but by the end of the tale I was caught up in the plausibility of it all and wanted to know more. What happened to the people of Portsmouth and Whitehall after all they’d been through? What happened to the mysterious Oriental business magnate? And the fascist boot boy? To the relationships between them all? This is the type of book that you don’t come across all that often, with a well thought out plot that steers clear of the mainstream and has its own voice. The city of Portsmouth looms large, which makes a change from the streets of London or the sprinkling of Northern cities where most of our dramas seem to take place. This is the third novel by Graham Hurley that I’ve read, and I enjoy each one better than the last.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb 2000
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I thoroughly enjoyed the content and scope of the book and the idea of setting up an political party to just run one city. The National Front element was a bit unbelievable though. The climax of the book promised to be good too, then the book stopped, without any proper ending. Did the party ever win, who ended up with who? I felt this was a shame as it spoilt the read and left a sense of disappointment at the end.
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