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Lesley-Ann Jones

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'I am a long-time admirer of Lesley-Ann's erudite journalistic skills,  particularly in the world of music, but of course her literary talents go much further than that. Be it magazine articles, biography or blogging, her work is always informative, thought-provoking and, above all, entertaining. Whether she is writing about music, current affairs or social issues, as a journalist and author, Lesley-Ann ranks among the best we have.'

 

JOHNNIE HAMP -  FORMER HEAD OF ENTERTAINMENT,  GRANADA  TV

 

 

'The thing about Lesley-Ann is that she is funny – bloody funny. She is also super-observant, sharp, clever, thought-provoking, kind, generous, and has a heart the size of the moon.  And she has the ability to demonstrate all this in just a few words: quite extraordinary! I defy anyone, even without setting eyes on her, not to fall in love with LAJ. She is addictive   - both through the written word and in person, over copious amounts of wine.  Oh to have her skill.'

 

ROSIE VIRGO - MANAGING DIRECTOR, BLAKE PUBLISHING

 

 

'Good writers are not always successful writers and vice versa. But Lesley Ann is both. Her words are concise and to the point. She cuts to the chase. Her ability to set up and describe a story allows the reader to relax and absorb. No unnecessary adjectives, an astute use of adverbs – so lacking in much of today's prose – and an instinctive nose for cliché avoidance. And, of course, a healthy respect for grammar, whose rules, if broken, would only be broken deliberately. Oh, and a mischievous wit. Lesley-Ann should not just be a writer. She should also teach others to write.

 

GRAY JOLLIFFE – CARTOONIST, ILLUSTRATOR, CREATOR OF 'CHLOE & CO' IN THE DAILY MAIL AND THE 'WICKED WILLIE' BOOKS WITH PETER MAYLE (AUTHOR, 'A YEAR IN PROVENCE')

 

 

'Whether in her biographies, novels, newspaper columns or social media, LAJ always manages to create an intimacy that draws the reader in.'

 

CHARLES ARMITAGE -  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY EXECUTIVE & CO-FOUNDER OF NOEL GAY TV, THE NOEL GAY MOTION PICTURE COMPANY AND NOEL GAY MANAGEMENT.

 

 

'There are writers, and then there is Lesley-Ann Jones.  She writes as effortlessly as she breathes, and she possesses the unique ability to make me feel, see and hear what she is experiencing, simply by reading her words. Her writing is honest, intuitive, engrossing and intelligent.  When I start reading, I have to finish.  She helped me edit and refine a magazine column I was writing recently, and she just gave my text the extra polish and pizazz it needed to flow.  Quite simply – Lesley-Ann makes love to the written word.'

 

LISA AGASEE - PERSONAL LIFESTYLE MANAGER & FOUNDER OF LONDON BUSINESS WOMEN'S NETWORK

 

 

'You make me want to be a better writer.'

 

MICKEY MODERN - MUSIC BUSINESS MANAGER AND PUBLISHER: NIK KERSHAW, IMOGEN HEAP, THE DUM DUMS, NINE BELOW ZERO, STEVE HARLEY, BROS, HORN (now THE FEELING) AND MANY SONGWRITERS.

 

 

'Writers of this calibre are rare. Her words sparkle and enchant, her descriptions are superlative, her story-telling non-pareil, and she has this scalpel-like ability to cut to the heart of a character. To quote an oft-used but rarely justified phrase, her writing is unputdownable.'

 

STUART WHITE – FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT TURNED AUTHOR & SCREENWRITER, WHOSE NOVEL 'THE SHAMROCK BOY' WILL BE ADAPTED FOR THE SCREEN AS 'CROSSMAGLEN' (AEGIS FILMS, LOS ANGELES)

 

 

'Someone asked me about Lesley-Ann Jones's writing, which is very hard to describe. I only know that, when I'm reading one of her books, I can't put it down, and once I start reading her take on a concert, play or event she has attended, I always have to read to the end, by which time I start to believe I was there... she always makes perfect sense in her opinions.'

 

DAVID MINDEL - MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, SONGWRITER, PRODUCER, ARRANGER, CO-FOUNDER OF AWARD-WINNING MINGLES MUSIC AND THE UK'S MOST SUCCESSFUL JINGLE-WRITER.

 

 

 

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HERO: DAVID BOWIE

VOTED ONE OF THE TOP EIGHT MEMOIRS AND BIOGRAPHIES OF 2016, AND ONE OF THE TOP TEN MUSIC BOOKS 2016, BY THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD.

 

 

Through several interviews with Bowie she evocatively portrays his fascinating life, often with a tenderness you wouldn’t expect.

 

DAILY EXPRESS

 

 

‘This is a fascinating insight into one of greatest artists of our lifetime.’

 

EVENING STANDARD

 

 

If you knew nothing about Bowie, this is the biography to read. If you thought you knew everything about Bowie, this is even more the biography to read.

 

SIR TIM RICE

 

 

An intriguing book. This is a personal friendship in writing. The knowledge divulged here is an endearing and powerful tale of a man who conquered the entire entertainment industry with his creative force.

 

HENRY DEAS, VARIETY

 

 

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FREDDIE MERCURY: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY

PUBLISHED BY HODDER & STOUGHTON IN HARDBACK, PAPERBACK, KINDLE & AUDIOBOOK. ALSO PUBLISHED IN THE USA AS 'MERCURY' BY TOUCHSTONE/SIMON & SCHUSTER, AND AVAILABLE IN MANY TRANSLATIONS, INCLUDING SPANISH, ITALIAN, DUTCH, POLISH, PORTUGUESE, SWEDISH, JAPANESE & LITHUANIAN.

 

'Mercury goes beyond the glittering facade to get an unvarnished look at Queen's rise to fame, the loves of Mercury's life and his fraught relationship with his conservative past, creating a complete portrait of this magnetic musician.'

 

METRO SOURCE, NEW YORK

 

 

'Truly definitive, truly Freddie, an energetic, entertaining and essential account.'

 

SIR TIM RICE

 

 

'This book grabs you with its opening, then builds. Insight and anecdote in perfect harmony.'

 

SIMON NAPIER-BELL

 

 

'The sort of tribute Mercury himself would have wanted … full of perceptive and moving insights.'

 

SPECTATOR

 

 

'One of the best biographies I have read recently is Lesley-Ann Jones's biography of Freddie Mercury, published to coincide with the 20th anniversary of his death. No-one has captured better the magical, enchanting dualism of Freddie Mercury - the mystery of the battle between dark and light that is at the heart of the Zoroastrian religion of his birth as well as of his own life. To read this book is to rejoice that such a man ever lived and sang, while at the same time to be overwhelmed once more at the grief of his death and what took him from us. The author has the rare gift of being scrupulously honest about the subject, while maintaining throughout a kindliness that reflects truly the ruthless charm at the heart of all he did.'

 

RUTH GLEDHILL  -  SUNDAY TIMES

 

 

 

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RIDE A WHITE SWAN: THE LIVES & DEATH OF MARC BOLAN

ALSO PUBLISHED BY HODDER & STOUGHTON IN HARDBACK & PAPERBACK:

 

'I remember the time I spent with Marc and June in the late 60s with massive affection.

It was a wonderful, exciting and creative time. Lesley-Ann Jones captures perfectly the spirit of the time, and tells beautifully the wider story of Marc's extraordinary life.'

 

BOB HARRIS OBE

 

 

'Important missing pieces of the complicated short life that was Marc Bolan's. It is a sensational read... What I especially love is that this new book comes from a woman's point of view. She tells Marc's story in a very nurturing and loving way. I highly recommend it to all Marc Bolan fans.'

 

TONY VISCONTI - RECORD PRODUCER, DAVID BOWIE, MARC BOLAN, MORRISSEY

 

 

'Brimming with insight from family members, friends, managers, musicians, and white-knuckled rock and rollercoaster riders who shared the dips and dives of Bolanmania, this book is a cracker of a read.'

 

KEITH ALTHAM - ROCK WRITER & PRESS AGENT, THE WHO, THE ROLLING STONES,  THE BEACH BOYS, THE SMALL FACES, VAN MORRISON & MARC BOLAN.

 

 

'Lesley-Ann Jones brings my old friend almost back to life in this brilliantly observed and detailed account of a fascinating man who lived an all-too-short life.  The first book to show us the real Marc.'

 

STEVE HARLEY - COCKNEY REBEL

 

 

'A brilliantly documented and beautifully-written account of one of our greatest music legends.'

 

PHIL SWERN - PRODUCER, BBC RADIO 2

 

 

 

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IMAGINE

PUBLISHED BY MULCAHY BOOKS IN PAPERBACK & KINDLE

 

 

‘Real, surreal and uniquely chilling!’   

 

BRIAN MAY, QUEEN

 

 

‘Rock stars: check. Murder: check. Sex: check. What’s not to like? Lesley-Ann brings the rock’n’roll lifestyle alive in this page-turner.’

 

NODDY HOLDER MBE, ROCK STAR, ACTOR, PRODUCER, PRESENTER

 

 

‘Lesley-Ann Jones has written a first-time classic. She extricates the glam out of every piece of grunge in this rock’n’roll myth-fest. Imagine broke my heart, and rebuilt it again, until it became like a favourite song: repeating over and over in a dreamlike paradise.’

 

LEO SAYER, SINGER SONGWRITER

 

 

‘What a read! This book is funny, frightening, and terrifyingly accurate. It feels like I know everyone in it.’

 

ED BICKNELL, FORMER MANAGER, DIRE STRAITS, MARK KNOPFLER, BRYAN FERRY, GERRY RAFFERTY, & HEAD OF WILLIAM MORRIS ENDEAVOUR EUROPE

 

 

‘Rock hard, rock soft and everything in between. It’s all here between the ‘sheets’ … Enjoy!!!’

 

SUZI QUATRO, ROCK LEGEND

 

 

‘An irresistible rock’n’roll cocktail of fact and fiction, expertly mixed. Take one sip and prepare yourself for a ‘lock-in’ …

 

KIM WILDE, POP STAR AND ‘80S ICON

 

 

‘A brilliant read that captures the infamous rock star psyche beautifully.’

 

DR JULIA JONES, MUSICOLOGIST

 

 

‘Do you remember where you were the day John Lennon died? Lesley-Ann Jones was right bloody next to him. An amazing story told in an amazing way. Unputdownable.’

 

SIMON NAPIER-BELL, FABLED MANAGER OF THE YARDBIRDS, MAC BOLAN, JAPAN, WHAM!, GEORGE MICHAEL & SINÉAD O’CONNOR

 

 

‘A superb mixture of truth and nothing-like-the-truth. Imagine is the best possible combination you can have in any read.’

 

RICK WAKEMAN, MUSICIAN AND GRUMPY OLD MAN

 

 

 

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