Percy Chattey Books

Author of Thrillers: Genre: Murder, Mystery & Crime

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

2016 Writing in Progress!

bnr-time-bookMy new novel is coming on fine and is about twenty percent complete and when finished it will be the third in a series. It is the follow on from ‘The Dauntless Factor,’ which was the continuing story of the Cormack family who originated in ‘Death for a Starter.’ This novel was my fourth win in the Pinnacle Awards when it won as the Best Historical Fiction.

At the beginning of the summer I offered to write a story with our ten year old Lilly-Ella one of our Grand children, on the basis of writing fifty words each on an alternating basis and was very pleased when she accepted. It is a lovely little story and currently approaching three thousand words. At the moment it is my turn to write something as she has kept up her side of the arrangement.

My last novel ‘Time Gentlemen’ out now on Amazon, is receiving good reviews’ it was a difficult story to write with a host of characters but we were pleased with the result. The end I puzzled over for some time and I know I got it right, when reading it do not peek at the final pages as it will destroy the thrill of the story. All my work is displayed on my web site http://www.percychatteybooks.com and are available on Amazon and Kindle.


Book: Time Gentlemen by Percy Chattey
Pages: 280
Publisher: Percy Chattey Books (1 Sept. 2016)
Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0995489033
    ISBN-13: 978-0995489035

“Time Gentlemen” : A horrific event perpetrated by a young woman wanting revenge. It’s closing time and awaiting the clientele other innocent and not so innocent pursuits. We learn of the terrorist gang plotting to destroy a well known location when it is at its busiest with patrons relaxed and enjoying themselves. It is also the story of different groups of people, unknown to each other, heading for the same shocking destiny. There are the two couples bored with their sex life and make an arrangement to exchange partners. The young couple soon to be married as they sit down to dinner with their close family and associates.

There is also the group of British Army Officers, enjoying an evening with friends. A room full of people, with soft lighting and popular dance music in recital. It is a thrilling story, and spins an exciting tale of diverse everyday people dressed in their finest, and looking forward to an exhilarating evening watching and enjoying the cabaret, eating fine cuisine. But why was the evening brought to an outrageous close before the customary shout of “Time Gentlemen.”

A stunning novel from the award winning master of thriller story telling.

A Common’s Mistake

bnr-commons-book1Book: A Common’s Mistake

  • Pages: 294
  • Publisher: Percy Chattey Books (1 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN ISBN-10: 0995489017 / ISBN-13: 978-0995489011
  • Book Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm

“A great read with a stunning end.” : Declan Murphy, Northampton

This novel depicts a political assassination plot along with a romantic web of betrayal. “A Common’s Mistake” by Percy Chattey follows a British businessman as he attempts to salvage his empire from a socialist regime but at the cost of his family’s happiness.

This book is a web of intrigue that begins with a jaded British businessman’s fight against a socialist government who are proposing legislation that would destroy his life style and forces him to take extreme measures to do what he believes is right.

“Very good… what a surprising end!” : Richard de St Croix, Spain

When Colin Sheer-Wood is faced with ruin at the hands of a small political party with a tiny majority in parliament, he refuses to go down without a fight. Sheer-Wood hires assassins to kill members of parliament so the administration no longer has a majority. He fails to realize that one of the three people on his hit list is his daughter’s fiancé, begging the question – will saving his business empire tear apart his family?

Genre: Thriller.
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Remembering The Blitz by the Media

Blitz and PiecesAs we fall on the 75th anniversary of the London Blitz there has been a swathe of remembrance articles and photos in the popular media (TV, radio and Newspapers)… here is just a sleection of the ones I found.

BBC:
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BBC Search : http://www.bbc.co.uk/search?q=london%20blitz

“The Blitz families who built a city underground”
Seventy five years ago the Luftwaffe started its attempt to bomb Britain into submission. As explosives rained down, residents in many cities sought shelter underground. Thousands headed to the Chislehurst Caves in Kent, which over time became a subterranean city, writes Claire Bates.

“Blitz Spirit”
To mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the London Blitz, Diane Louise Jordan reflects on the fortitude and solidarity that got people across Britain through the terror of the nightly air raids during The Blitz.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06bgp0l
“Blitz Cities: London”
To mark the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Blitz, EastEnders star Shane Richie travels around his home city of London, finding out what it was like to live through the worst attack in Britian’s history.

Guardian
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“London’s night of fires: the beginning of the Blitz”
Seventy-five years ago, the second world war bombing campaign known as the blitz began in earnest. On the afternoon of 7 September 1940, 348 German bombers and more than 600 Messerschmitt fighters flew over southern England before dropping high-explosive and incendiary bombs on London. The raid ended at 6:10pm but as the docks area of the city’s East End burned, a second attack lasting eight hours took place that night.

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/sep/02/blitz-london-bomb-sites-redevelopment
“Blitzed, rebuilt and built again: what became of London’s bomb sites?”

The Express
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“The Blitz Spirit – 75 years on!”
WE CAN take it!’ That was the unofficial motto of the British people in 1940 as bombs began to rain down during the Second World War. To celebrate that iron resolve we reveal 40 fascinating facts about one of the most stirring episodes in our history…

Money Week
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“7 September 1941: the Blitz begins”
After failing to take out Britain’s fighter command in the Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe changed tactics. It decided it would terrorise Britain’s population into submission. And so on this day in 1941, it began an eight-month campaign of bombing Britain’s main cities. 350 bombers crossed the channel and headed for London, where they dropped 300 tonnes of explosives. Day and night (mainly night) the bombs fell. On that first night, almost 2,000 people were killed or wounded. Within a month, 6,000 were dead, and by the end of the campaign, 40,000 had lost their lives.

The Daily Beast
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“London, 75 Years After Destruction”
On this day, 75 years ago, the Nazis began their aerial assault on London. Intended to demoralize the Brits, it backfired.
The unofficial motto of the citizens of London during the Blitz was “business as usual.”  The times, however, were anything but.  Britain was locked in a conflict, as Prime Minister Winston Churchill memorably put it, “against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.” …

 

75 Years Ago: The London Blitz

Hello everyone. TODAY, 75 years ago the German Lutfwaffe invaded London… The Blitz began on 7 September, 1940 and continued unbroken in London for 57 nights. More than a million homes were damaged or destroyed in the capital and around 20,000 civilians were killed.

So it is a good time to remind you that my 2015 edition of “Blitz & Pieces” has been published and distributed by Amazon / CreateSpace. It is available in hard, soft & ebook formats. Please order your copy online (Amazon and others) or visit your UK book store (Hint: Waterstones).

So, yes it is a first for me, but I am quite excited about this book trailer about the London Blitz, the subject I cover in my book. I hope you like the little video and please send your feedback. :-)

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Strangers came and took us away!

The London Blitz. Image by Getty

The London Blitz. Image by Getty

How nice that the Barking and Dagenham Post have done a piece on my wartime memoirs “Blitz and Pieces”. I went to school in this area and I recall the Blitz experience in my book. So my connections are real and I appreciate them taking on this story. Of course I am retired in Spain now”. My book will be out in hardback as of tomorrow 30th April 2015, please see my website: www.percychatteybooks.com for more details.

> B&D POST Link > http://bit.ly/1HTwJxf

Here’s a snippet of the article Thank you B&D Post: 
One night in 1939 Percy Chattey was woken and told to get dressed. The three-year-old walked a mile through the winter rain to Whalebone Lane School. Half asleep, scared and confused Percy wondered, were the Germans coming?

It was pitch black – as street lights gave Dagenham’s co ordinations away to potential bombers. After being ushered into cars, trains and a boat he arrived in a small coastal village where he would be evacuated, just as a hazy morning light began to break through the clouds. “I don’t remember much of this journey,” admitted Percy, now 79.

I was too distressed and tired to take in what was going on. “We were told to line up. Total strangers came along the line picking children and taking them away. Can you imagine that happening today?”

Percy grew up in Dagenham and moved to Spain 15 years ago. He said living through “horror and destruction” makes a person flippant, which is why, in his 70s, he chose to write his début memoir “Blitz and Pieces” for his grandchildren to read. Now it’s his autobiography and mainly about his early years in Chadwell Heath during the Second World War.

After returning from evacuation Percy was five-years-old and living on East Street when the blitzing started. “We spent all our nights in the Anderson shelter wondering whether the house was still standing. It was a horrible cold thing with a corrugated steal roof,” he recalled.

“I remember cold, damp, sleepless nights and the sheer fear that when the air raids sounded you didn’t know what was going to happen. The shelter would rock and water poured down the walls. In the morning you’d get up and there would be bits of plane and shrapnel everywhere.”

PCBBlogBnrHe said bombs would drop continuously but the following day he’d be expected to go to school – St. Chad’s County Infants on Chadwell Heath’s Japan Road. He remembers a boy crying at school one day because his father had been killed by a doodlebug that morning.

“There was so much death that you had to get on with it and carry on and go to school,” he said. “No one spoke of injuries or death because it was all around us and happened too often. Without a doubt living through the blitz still affects me today. I want my grandchildren to know what it was like when I was young and how different life was then to growing up today.”

Blitz and Pieces will be published in hardback, paperback and eBook on Thursday (April 30 2015). It is available to buy on Amazon and in all major bookshops such as Waterstones, Barns & Noble, Kindle, etc. Or see Percy’s website: http://www.percychatteybooks.com for more details.

The story line is…

Hi everyone. Let me start by giving you a puzzle – you are sitting in a room with the air conditioning on, however the setting on it is not right and it is not cold enough. To make it colder – do you change it up or down? Answers on a Post card please to Casa FuenteLargo. What is the matter with the people at the BBC, it would appear they are only interested in broadcasting soaps, cooking, nature and the weather.

It is old news now of getting rid of Jeremy Clarkson and throwing away fifty million pounds a year in profit from the man’s talents, even a company the size of Apple or Microsoft would baulk at the prospect of casting that sort of income out of the window, and of course another giant in this world, Amazon, has quickly thrown it’s hat in the ring, that is if it has a hat, and signed a contract with him and his team. If the story line in one of my novels was in a similar vein as the action of the British Broadcaster, the reader would have put the book down as rubbish.

Of course story telling is fiction and one can create all sorts of situations, but if it is a tale about life then surely it has to be believable. No doubt others would disagree with me. Oh! Come to think of it I just contradicted myself. My new work ‘The Main Course’ is coming on fine, it is a follow on from ‘Death for a Starter’. Creating a fictional family is fun and interesting I am sure when it is on the book shelves it will be enjoyed by the reader.

My books are available locally

My work is now available in El Condor’s Bar in the Square in Frailes, also obtainable in Christine’s Book Shop in Hondon de las Nieves – it is called Celebrations, as you leave the village going towards Aspe it is on the left hand side just before you get to the petrol filling station. And of course my thriller novels can be found on Amazon / CreateSpace and Kindle. If you wish to stock and sell my novels then please be in touch we would be very pleased.

Praise

And finally it is always nice and a good feeling of pride when we receive emails like the following from guests who have recently stayed at our Hondon Holiday Rental: Casa FuenteLargo: ‘Dear Jean & Percy, We have now settled back into our routine at home and I just wanted to write to say thank you for a very enjoyable stay at your villa. I know Conall really loves his book and we are both quite a way through our books and enjoying them immensely. All the best & kind regards, Carol & Richard x’

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