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Three Steps to Heaven Paperback – 20 Oct 2009

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (20 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907461981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907461989
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,392,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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...
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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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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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Pam Howes takes us back to exciting times in the early sixties, when the growth of sex, drugs and rock n roll burst onto the music scene. They were heady times for young people, with new freedoms and opportunities. This era gave birth to a lot of big names, leaving a legacy of music which is very much alive and kicking today.
The author captures the mood of those times with ease, and I took a trip down memory lane with the references to landmarks such as Ringway- now Manchester International Airport- the fish n chip suppers, the films and cars of that time, all the crazy fashions and Jackie magazine! It is proudly working class, and rich with the expectations, hopes and dreams of that time. It is more than a love story and it has more than one complicated thread wrapped around the central plot; that of the rise to fame of The Raiders. And it has plenty to offer anyone too young to remember the real mods and rockers with it's romantic, teenage angst and all the relationship problems with parents, friends and lovers.
It is a very special skill to write in any one particular year, because the plot and the characters need to exist solely in those times. No birth pill, no mobile phone, no internet, no major roads. The list is endless but the author has a firm handle on all the `props.'
A small negative now; the balance of dialogue to narrative. I would have loved more of a reflective, thoughtful kind of backstory from the main characters in place of some of the dialogue. In fact Pam's style has a distinct screenplay type quality to it, given her penchant for dialogue...hint hint programme makers out there! Now who could we have to play Eddie? Yes, in places this novel reminds me of those wonderful programmes Heartbeat and Happy Days. Nostalgia done well is so appealing, even for those outside of the era looking in.
A complete story in itself, Three Steps draws to a climax but the door has been left sufficiently ajar for the next book in the series. Who can resist?
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Fabulous story - I found myself really caring what happened to the characters. I'm too young to remember much about the sixties, but I was transported back in time. I had to read the 2nd book as soon as I'd finished this one, and wasn't disappointed. I'm now reading the 3rd in the series, and I would recommend all of them.
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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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Will recommend it to a friend as one for a night time reed. Will be eagerly awaiting the next part.
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Anyone who likes the music and atmosphere of the early sixties in Britain will love 'Three Steps to Heaven', by Pam Howes. In a style reminiscent of Stan Barstow's ground-breaking book 'A kind of Loving', Ms Howes charts the fortunes of Eddie and his girlfriend Jane, who were in love until fate forced them into separate relationships. You sympathise with lovable Eddie Mellor, trapped with the awful Angie in impecunious squalor, but in contrast it's fun to follow Eddie and his friends' interesting careers as musicians in The Raiders, pop band. The book focuses on the men's relationships with their girlfriends, and their families, and family life is really what this book is all about: the day-to-day struggle of realities balanced against the prospects of fame and fortune, plus the satisfaction that true love wins out in the end.

But there's a whole lot more to this book than a family saga set against a rock musicians' rollercoaster lifestyle. Eddie and Jane, their families, and friends Roy and Sammy are amongst the likeable protagonists, but Jane's ex boyfriend Mark has a dark side to his nature, sinister quirks to his personality that lead to drama and danger. Without giving too much away, I can tell you that Mark is the anti hero who sets up dangerous undercurrents that threaten to rock the lives of the heroes. Mark is as awful as Eddie is nice, but his odiousness is not overdone, simply revealed slowly and surely, so that pretty soon you think, 'Yes, that's a man I really wouldn't like'.

At the end there's a shocking secret that makes you think 'If only', but you'll have to read the book to find out what it is.
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