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About Richard Easter
Richard Easter is a Manchester-based writer who's worked in and around the TV and music industry for 30 years.
In amongst many bizarre highlights, he's had a top 5 single and appeared on TOTP 3 times, got lost in Broadcasting House with George Michael, played drums for the Bee Gees, watched the KLF burn a wicca man on the Isle Of Jura and shared macaroons with Kylie.
None of which helped his writing career, but has given him something to talk about when proper conversation dried up.
He got his big break after dressing up as a girl and hiding in the ladies' toilets at an Essex nightclub. Incredibly, that "big break" wasn't being arrested, but having this odd experience printed in a magazine which put him on the front cover and led to being interviewed on Radio One's Janice Long show. From there, Richard went into writing full time.
Up until his novels, he's mainly been busy on TV entertainment shows.
He started writing novels 5 years ago, and has now finished four. "Cover Stories" is a short story collection based on popular songs. "The General Theory Of Haunting" is a haunted house tale with a twist and part of Richard's "Snow Trilogy" - the next part, "The Gentle Art Of Forgetting" was released on December 22nd, 2019. His latest, the 1981 serial killer thriller "Don't You Want Me?" was released 27th November 2020, the same day The Human League's hit of the same name was released in '81.
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London,1981. As race riots erupt, Prince Charles and Lady Diana prepare to marry & New Romantics dance, an identity-shifting serial killer is operating in plain sight. But no-one has realised except Detective Inspector Anna Leeding, who has secrets of her own…
Rated 4.3 on Amazon / 4.21 on Goodreads
“Don’t You Want Me?” is an exciting, atmospheric retro-crime novel for fans of twists, thrillers, history, music, and popular culture.
Amid Britain's cultural and social upheaval of 1981,D.I. Anna Leeding suspects apparent accidents and suicides could be subtle acts of revenge, and strange blue charcoal messages may be the key to something bigger and deadlier.
But in this cat-and-mouse story of vengeance, no-one is quite what they seem, and in 1981, when the New Romantics played with image, first appearances can be deceptive.
Who is carrying out the murders? How and why are they choosing their victims? And just how close is Leeding to the perpetrator?
Eurovision Fan Mark (Amazon) 5 Stars
"Cleverly narrated by different characters via past and present chapters, you could be fooled into thinking quite early on you ‘have this worked out’, don't be complacent as I was.....there are many surprises to come."
M. Price (Amazon) 4 Stars
"Richard Easter picked the right year and has done his research well. I couldn't put this book down, it's totally gripping and the suspense has you on the edge of your seat... Definitely recommended!"
Lauren (Amazon) 5 Stars
"...a well-told story that will keep you guessing and make you suspicious of all the characters and keep you looking for links! I was afraid I might have figured it all out, but I hadn’t, and I didn’t!"
So to everyone who was there and those for whom this is their first time, “Don’t You Want Me?’ welcomes you to 1981. It was a hell of a year.
Richard Easter’s previous two novels are rated an average of 4.3 and 4.4 on Amazon.
“…a compelling and deeply unique novel about love, loss, mortality, life, and so much more. ” - Amy Williams, Amazon
“…engrossing, moving... surprising... I haven't read anything quite like it before." - Sandra Makower, Goodreads
What you don’t remember can’t hurt you.
A thirty-year-old woman called Jane Dawn wakes in a hut surrounded by a snow-covered forest.
She remembers nothing apart from her name, but strange echoes flicker about her mind; that once she flew, time was out of joint, and how she may be responsible for something terrible.
Jane is not alone, and the person with her knows far more than they are letting on.
The answers to the mystery of Jane's curious life will be found over many decades in this story of love, loss, magic, memories, and mortality.
The three “Snow Trilogy” books make up a trilogy with no beginning, middle or end. The stories can be read in any order you choose, but are all connected. Themes and ideas re-occur across the novels, characters re-appear in different ways. The 22nd of December is a crucial date and all three feature a strange box that is the key to secrets.
So, as you will discover, "The Gentle Art Of Forgetting" is neither a prequel to, nor sequel of the others. It is, in fact, both and neither. But what that means will only become clear once you’ve read the entire trilogy.
So come with Jane Dawn as she tries to remember who she is and finds out there may, after all, be a gentle art of forgetting…
Richard Easter has worked as a professional writer since 1987, writing for radio, TV, print, and music. Over the last 3 decades, he has written for many of Britain's best-known TV programmes and presenters.
“The General Theory Of Haunting” is available on Amazon for download or at your favourite bookshop. The “last” part of the trilogy, “The Little Tale Of Delivering” will be released October 1st, 2021.
A new kind of book that takes some of pop's greatest tracks and "covers" them as short stories.
"Funny, smart, chilling, moving and ultimately heartbreaking – if you like music, space travel, satire, counterfactual history, love and the human condition... you'll love these... This deserves to be on every music lover's – and everyone else's – bookshelf." - Lysette De Montmartre, Amazon.
So would you like to find out…
Where The Beatles' Dear Prudence went out to play?
Who David Bowie's Major Tom really was, and how he became lost in space?
Why The Rolling Stones' Devil needed Sympathy… And more to the point, did he deserve it?
And what does it take to join Ed Sheeran's A Team?
These and other musical questions are answered in Cover Stories, a literary collection that'll sit equally at home alongside your LPs as lined up with your books.
The tales travel from Hitler's bunker to deep space, from boy meets girl, to girl meets drugs. Angels walk in Hackney and New York eats the innocent. The occupants of interplanetary craft have big plans for earth. These stories are moving, thought-provoking and hilarious, often all at once.
This collection is the perfect gift (and self-gift!) for all music fans. We've had Britpop, so watch out, here comes Litpop.
Cover Stories has been written in enhanced stereo, so please put on your literary headphones, set the pages to 33rpm and read. LOUD.
Richard Easter has been a professional writer for 30 years. In that time, he's never been far from music. He's had a Top 5 single, performed on Top of The Pops three times and played drums for The Bee Gees. Richard's co-presented shows on BBC Radio 1 and 2, written for the NME, got lost in Broadcasting House with George Michael, watched the KLF burn a wicker man on the Isle of Jura, was first to play the Manic Street Preachers on national daytime radio, wrote 'The Voice' and 'Stars in Their Eyes' and managed to track down Joy Division's actual synthesiser, bought it, then broke it. Not a high point.
His debut novel, "The General Theory Of Haunting", is also available from on Amazon.