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Pam Howes
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20 Oct 2009
It's the 1960's and Eddie Mellor is unhappy in his shotgun marriage; hates his boring factory job and is not unduly bothered when he is sacked. His young son Jonny, and his dreams of becoming a famous rock drummer with The Raiders, a career he was forced to shelve when he married Angie, are the two things that keep him going. But Eddie's luck is about to change for the better... Three Steps to Heaven is the first novel in a trilogy spanning forty years and the lives and loves of the Mellor and Cantello families.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (20 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907461981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907461989
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 22.5 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,626,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pam Howes was born in Cheshire. She is a retired Interior Designer who loves creating stories, but only started writing seriously about twelve years ago. The idea for her first novel, set in the sixties, came from her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and hanging around with the musicians who frequented the business. That first novel evolved into a series. Three Steps to Heaven, is the tale of rock'n'roll band, The Raiders, and their lives and loves. The sequel, 'Til I Kissed You, featuring the same characters, is set in the eighties. This book sees the reformation of The Raiders after a spell of retirement. The third novel, Always On My Mind, set in 2001, is now available on Kindle and in paperback. Pam is a big fan of sixties music and it's this love that compelled her to write the series. A stand-alone love story, Fast Movin' Train, set in the nineties, was published in early 2012. Pam is mum to three, grandma to seven and roadie to one musician partner. She still lives in Cheshire and also writes short stories, which have appeared in charity anthologies and online e-zines, and poems, many of which are published. She's a member of on-line peer review group You Write On. She much prefers writing to decorating and curtain-making as no ladders are involved.

Update: By popular demand, there will be a fourth Raiders novel. Not Fade Away, will be published late 2012.

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

The first chapter of Not Fade Away is posted on the blog page on her website. Due for Kindle and paperback release late 2012. Please feel free to leave a comment.

Follow her on twitter @PamHowes1

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book 10 Mar 2014
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Being guitarist in a band from 1958 and dare I say still doing the gigs,This book brought it all back to me a great read from. a great writer.Mike Black
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed these books 9 Oct 2011
By alison
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read all 3 books by this author and thoroughly enjoyed them all its a shame i read the tird one first though-cant wait for more from this author
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three steps to heaven 28 Jan 2014
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This is the first book by this author I have read and I am looking forward to reading more books by this author
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Will recommend it to a friend as one for a night time reed. Will be eagerly awaiting the next part.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The good ole days 11 Sep 2012
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Great book, really enjoyed the story line and characters. I cant imagine what Eddie and Jane will have to endure in book 2 "Til I kissed you".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of the Sixties 27 Jun 2012
By Fox
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which could be because I was around in the early sixties. Even though I was only a boy at the time, I can remember it clearly (I harboured ambitions to be a Beatle when I grew up) and Pam Howes captures the spirit of the time perfectly.

The story deals with the rise of a band called The Raiders, and the lives of the people around them as they gradually become successful. It also deals with the downside of fame, and how obsession can become all consuming. The sub plot with Mark adds a dark edge to the novel.

Three Steps to Heaven would make an excellent holiday read. It would also make a good period TV drama. If anyone knows a TV producer, push them in the direction of this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable characters 3 Feb 2012
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Set in the early 1960s, Three Steps to Heaven follows the story of Eddie and Jane, their love, struggles, friendships and the bearing their past relationships have on their future happiness.

The couple should be together, but Jane is engaged to Mark and Eddie has had to marry the pregnant Angie and give up his dreams of making it big with rock band The Raiders. When they meet up again several years later, the spark is still there and they begin an affair. There are many changes in store and their lives, and those of others, are turned upside down by events.

Author, Pam Howes, writes skilfully about the 60s and the music scene making it easy to visualise the era. As the story moves along, a darker, more sinister aspect creeps in involving Jane's abandoned lover; Mark, growing more and more mentally unstable, becomes a threat until, in the end, a tragedy occurs.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read 27 Sep 2011
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I really enjoyed this book by Pam Howes.
The sixties is my favourite era so what a pleasant surprise to come across this book.
Pam's book is fast paced with plenty of dialogue and no long boring descriptive scenes. Not that there isn't plenty of description, there is but Pam has the gift of making it part of the scenery so that you feel as if you are actually there.
A really good read and I highly recommend this book.
It goes without saying really that I will be buying...
Always On My Mind
'Til I Kissed You
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
love this this book about the raiders set in the sixties.have also read fast moving train.also great.hope to read the next two in the series.
Published 1 month ago by jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read. full of nostalgia
Excellent book, Thoroughly enjoy reading books of my era, it evokes memories of my youth but had a good storyline
Published 11 months ago by Mr Peter Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Great book Pam!

I enjoyed the read and cant wait for the next one to see what Eddie & Co get themsleves into! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Andrea Hudspith
5.0 out of 5 stars takes me back
wow, pam howes deserves the five stars for this book. it tells the story about a rock band, but running with it is the story of there home lives. Read more
Published 13 months ago by kathleen
4.0 out of 5 stars This book brought back the 60's to me !
I really enjoyed this book, it brought back the 60's to me, and being a teenager in that era I could identify with the characters. Read more
Published 13 months ago by lindalou
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of Stardust.
I remember seeing Stardust (the David Essex film) at the cinema when I was twelve (I lied about my age to get in). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Basetrojan
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock'n'Roll, love affairs, and superlative family drama
Anyone who likes the music and atmosphere of the early sixties in Britain will love 'Three Steps to Heaven', by Pam Howes. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Geoffrey West
3.0 out of 5 stars Sex n Drugs n Rock n Roll!
Eddie Mellor is drummer with early 60s rock band `The Raiders'. The love of his life is Jane. But their ex's have a habit of spoiling things. Read more
Published 18 months ago by The Bub
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Rock and Roll Ride
Three Steps to Heaven by Pam Howes is the first book in her rock and roll Raiders trilogy. I enjoyed this book very much because, like Pam, I am a writer of music fiction and enjoy... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anne-Marie 27
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sixties revisited
I remember the Sixties (and I was there!) and this book recreates the era very well. It still amazes me that it was so long ago. Read more
Published 19 months ago by DJW13
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