Percy Chattey Books

Author of Thrillers: Genre: Murder, Mystery & Crime

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Your Free Holiday Thriller Book!

bnr-time-bookIt was sixteen years ago last August when Jean and I moved to Hondon de los Frailes, a little hamlet in the Spanish Mountains not too far from the golden sands of the Costa Blanca.

At that time there were only about seven hundred Spanish people living in the village and we were the only English couple, now it has a population of about three times that many. We fell in love with the place and still feel that way and have watched as it has developed into something quite different, in that tourist and holiday makers find it homely, quiet and peaceful away from the celebrations and crowds nearer the coast.

Now the village has differing types of restaurants offering fine cuisine, some with frequent entertainment, and of course there are the small bars where you can mix with people who live in the real Spain.

At this time of year we are preparing, and also improving our rental villa: Casa FuenteLargo, for the next season, it is starting a little earlier this year as we have guests staying over Christmas and another group for the New Year Celebrations.

This coming year I will be giving away my new and latest novel ‘Time Gentlemen’ free of charge to each group as a way of saying thank you for visiting our holiday home.

» HOLIDAY VILLA IN SPAIN : www.fuentelargo.com
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The Digital Age & Smashwords

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I do not know how others feel but my lovely wife Jean, and I are traditional type of people, we like mature items tested by time.

For instance one of these new modern fitted kitchens with shiny surfaces with clashing colours everywhere would make me feel ill to work in. I much prefer the old oak kitchen doors they look more natural. Or to see a traditional train chugging along a railway line blowing smoke and steam is exciting, one does not get the same thrill watching a large ugly diesel engine pulling carriages.

The cars of long ago, the E type Jaguar or the Triumph and MG sports cars looked like cars, all independently designed and built with care. Nothing like the present day versions, which are more like space craft with no thought to how they individually look as they are all similar, with no character.

Books, when you first receive one and admire the work that has gone in to it, to create it, and you are privileged to open the cover for the first time with that beautiful musty smell, the feel of the crisp paper of the pages as one glances through it – no, no never the last page.

All that is to announce we are slowly coming into the real world, well at least ‘Percy Chattey Books Publishing’ is, as it is going digital. All my work, that is eight novels is being downloaded on to ‘Smashwords’ and when that is complete we will then add all of them to ‘E Books.’

There will be no compromise with the story lines and Percy Chattey Books will still be available through Amazon, if you prefer to have a real book. As it is a lot of translating to be done, nearly a million words and of course the stunning covers, it will take some time and we are aiming for the third week in November for the transition to be complete. Happy and enjoyable reading. www.percychatteybooks.com

Brexit. Now a different ball game

guy fawkesIn my view the decision by the Law Lords in the High Court to rule that Parliament and its members must have a say on implementing the desire of the British People (ref BREXIT), whether to leave the European Union or not, makes it an entirely different ball game.

It is no longer a matter of is it acceptably to be in or out of the EU, but it is now the case of have the British people the privilege to inform their leaders, by a majority vote on their requirements of who controls the future of the United Kingdom. No matter what one’s opinion, whether to stay in or out, is it right that a few members of the courts have the privilege to take it on themselves to override the will of the mainstream of the people. If that is so democracy died this day 3rd November 2016.

With other recent subtle changes to the law it is another step to dictatorship and over eight hundred years of the people’s civil rights have been carelessly put aside. It is possible to argue that Members of Parliament have a right to vote as they see fit. However they are there by popular agreement to respect the views of the populace and not to promote their own personal interest.

Very strange that this should happen two days before the celebrations of Guy Fawkes night on the fifth when four hundred and eleven years ago this man tried to destroy Westminster the Mother of all Parliaments. http://www.percychatteybooks.com

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer!

Richer or PoorerThe rich get richer and the poor get poorer! An old saying but truer today than ever before. The people lost the plot back in the seventies when it appears they were lied to by the then UK Prime Minister who took the country into a Common Market aware at the time it was the corner stone for the development of the European Super State.

In the period since that momentous event Brussels has destroyed competition and allowed large corporations to control what we buy and at what price and if the reports we read in the newspapers are true, they have managed to escape through some complicated system from paying taxes. The people this has affected most are the ones on the lower level of income, especially the elderly whose annual state pension in value is less than pocket money for the wealthy, and the yearly increase does not keep up with real inflation.

I wonder if June twenty third (BREXIT) will be the turning point it was when the people in the street came to realise how he and she are being cheated by Government and the conglomerates who take away a little piece at a time from their standard of living. I do hope that Theresa May and her Ministers have the ability to turn all this around, but somehow I doubt it as there are powerful forces at work to stop her.  http://www.percychatteybooks.com

The Blitz. A stark reminder of a War Machine

I came across a very interesting YouTube video this week, where a group of Defence Specialists set about to demonstrate the amount of damage that a single German bomb from World War II would create. The 4 part programme “Blitz Street”is presented by Tony Robinson (a well known TV Historian, regular documentary maker and actor of “The Black Adder” fame). As shown on Channel 4 in the UK.

As Tony suggests, this programme reminds us of the daily fear, struggle and damage done to ordinary people’s lives and property by the German Luftwaffe’s sustained campaign of terror. It was designed to break the will of the people into surrender. Of course we now know, despite its terrible and dire consequences, the Blitz stirred the “Bulldog Spirit” of the Londoner’s.

At school the next day after a big raid, they would call the register. All the kids would call their names out. Sometimes there would be a pause. … “where’s so-and-so?” (teacher) … “Oh they are dead Miss, their house was hit last night”.

“The hardest part was the babies.  You just had to ignore what you saw. If they weren’t alive you just left them. If they were alive you got them out and laid them on the pathment so the ambulances could take them away to hospital.”- WWII Fire & Rescue, George Whelan

» “Blitz Street”  can be seen at www.youtube.com.

This excellent piece substantiates my own memories and descriptions of the mass damage caused in London by the sustained period of German bombing “Blitzkrieg” that began in September 1940 through to the following May. The relentless cascade of bombs on London shaped by childhood and indeed much of my life.

London Blitz StreetIn my memoirs ‘Blitz & Pieces’ I describe in detail the bombing of East London when one thousand German aircraft in a formation twenty miles wide caused indiscriminate wholesale destruction night after night, fearful that the next one to fall would have your name on it. The largest problem after the war came to a conclusion was the lack of housing stock as a result of the carpet bombing by the German Luftwaffe. This had resulted in three million houses being destroyed mainly in London and the South East, which at that time represented about a quarter of the housing stock – or one in three properties becoming non-existent.

In 1942 this was observed by the Government as becoming a challenge when the war was over – how to re-house all the homeless people? A committee was formed to study the problem and how it could be resolved. Prefabricated buildings were the answer and the ‘Prefab’ was born. Initially the design was to last for ten years to give the country time to build normal houses. However the new structures, which included a bathroom with hot and cold water, a fitted kitchen with a fridge, and besides the central heating there was also a coal fire. They were pre-constructed in factories and delivered by road transport. These quaint little houses became a common sight around the country built on spare land and bomb sites.

By nineteen fifty one, one million new council homes in the form of these buildings had been created. The strange result was these little homes of a minimum six hundred and thirty five square feet (about sixty square metres) with all the modern facilities built into them, most of the populace had not known before, were very comfortable and lasted a lot longer than the ten years of the original design. My work is available through Amazon and other outlets.


My autobiography ‘Blitz & Pieces’, the true story of how a six year old survived the Blitz,’ is Published through Amazon Publishers also available at Amazon, in soft or hard back cover, plus all other outlets including ebooks.

» Further details can also be found at www.percychatteybooks.com

The VE DAY 70 Celebrations

Blitz World War IISaturdays evening’s programme on BBC, 9th May celebrating seventy years since the end of the Second World War was very good. (If you are in the UK, you might still catch it on the BBC iPlayer Channel)

The clips they used to emphasise parts of the war, which had been taken from old newsreels portraying events of that time, brought back strong memories – the sound of the air raid warning giving a short burst of fear reminiscent of the feeling created in the forties by that sound.

In my book ‘Blitz & Pieces’ I describe in detail the horror, the constant fear and the day to day stress because of the continuous attacks by the enemy on a non military population. Living below ground level in a cold steel shelter hoping it was strong enough to give you protection against the bombs falling outside. People were being killed on a basis not experienced before by civil inhabitants. I clearly remember my close friend at school crying all day because his father had been killed that morning by a bomb, however there was no time for mourning and schooling continued. All true because I was there.

Beside the savage attacks on our way of life there was another difficulty, equal in some ways only that it added to the total discomfort. The shortage of goods and the severe rationing of supplies, food to clothing, created other problems. The allowable clothing coupons issued on a monthly basis, for a growing family of three was not adequate, with the consequence if an article got too tight, and there was no voucher available then the continuous use of it was the only answer. Shoes were the worst it was either go bare foot or wear tight shoes and hobble along.

Blitz & Pieces is available through Amazon / CreateSpace on-line.

FREE Thriller Books up for grabs…

Here is southern Spain the last of the grapes have been harvested and everyone has probably seen the big fat juicy ones straight from the vines in the local markets and shops. Delicious! Very shortly the valley will be covered in the pink blossom of the almond trees which by the time March has arrived will have turned into green foliage and the nuts will have started to be formed. It’s a great sight.

A SPECIAL OFFER: As you know my wife and I run a holiday home in the the Hondon Valley called Casa FuenteLargo. We have a special offer for our readers and holiday makers you book a minimum of 1 weeks stay at our delightful comfortable villa.

To show our gratitude we will send you, gift wrapped straight from Amazon, three of my award winning thriller novels totally free of charge. A week’s stay before July 2015 will cost four hundred pounds for four people – that is less than fifteen pounds per person per night. Please go into www.fuentelargo.com for further details.

All we ask to take advantage of this offer, and to receive my award winning work is to pay a deposit of one hundred pounds through our secure payment system via PayPal, and the books will be winging their way to you – the balance will be due a few weeks before your arrival date. Further to the above your group on arrival will be treated to a glass of wine and bites sitting in the afternoon sun. We look forward to greeting you soon. (Exchange rate for Euros at the time of writing 1.25 to the pound)

Hondon Valley is in Fiesta Times

News from the Hondon Valley – a weekend of fun and laughter.
On Staurday evening 2nd August, in our sister village: Hondon de las Nieves, which is about six miles away from us, there was a medieval market. That is exactly how it looked with craft stalls including a molten glass blower making items before your eyes there was also a grand firework display called the “Corre Focs” and then on the Sunday the annual religious ceremony took place, the transfer of the Patron Virgin from Hondon de las Nieves and Aspe.
In the other Hondon de los Frailes the portable stage was erected once again in the main plaza where the local “Musical Union” band played inspirational popular music of the sixties and seventies. We are now looking forward to the end of August when Frailes will be in ‘Fiesta’ for four days. The opening ceremony will be with ladies in stunning dresses taking flowers to the church – the following day the carnival and finally as is the tradition a display of fireworks and of course the stage will be out again.
Pinnacle Book Award 2013Frailes is becoming well known for its wonderful comfortable restaurants with their variety of cuisine, and people travel from miles away to enjoy the gastronomy.
Our house Casa FuenteLargo (a Spanish holiday rental) overlooks this stunning valley with its small communities which is about twenty miles or more long and is dotted with hamlets, and larger villages as mentioned above – however they all have their own fiestas at various times of the year, run by the local inhabitants when the streets are decorated with flags and bunting.
Casa FuenteLargo is the perfect place to visit this old part of the real Spain – it is somewhere to stay in complete relaxation, perfect surroundings and we will supply the car in the price so that you can visit this wonderful area in comfort. By booking any holiday to stay at our villa with the deposit paid before the end of October, then I will with pleasure, send you three of my award winning books and if you bring them with you I will gladly personally sign them to show our appreciation. www.percychatteybooks.com for further information. Please Like and share thank you.

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