Why am I mentioning/promoting a new e-book on my blog?
In June 2014 the author e-mailed me to ask about a tree at 93 Knightsbridge. During his research he had found that I have a walk called ‘Hidden Knightsbridge’ and the previous City Ranger Walks website had a section about street trees.
I was able to provide the information. He thanked me saying that it was very important for his book but he couldn’t tell me more at that time.
This week he e-mailed me again telling me that his e-book ‘Westbourne’ was available on Amazon Kindle.
Sure enough in chapter 6 is what I told Steve. Mick points up ‘’Tree roots. He’s got an Alder tree outside his shop by the clock. In 2010 it was subject to a planning enquiry when it was proposed to remove it as it had outgrown its current location, and replace it with a silver birch.”
If it all sounds a bit mysterious it’s not quite as mysterious as the contents of the book.
Here’s how it’s described on Amazon;
‘A London black taxi driver picks up a customer by the Harvey Nichols department store and the Park Tower hotel and casino in Knightsbridge. As they start their journey the driver is able to overhear the passenger’s conversation on his mobile phone. The passenger is a diamond smuggler and serial rapist. It turns out that the taxi driver knows his latest victim and her granddad.
Westbourne takes you on a journey as Tammar the taxi driver and granddad Alfie plot their revenge using Tammar’s vast knowledge of London.
Using photos and maps Tammar takes us through a realm that very few Londoners get to see or even know exists beneath their feet.
They can’t get away with it – can they?’
As the, title, cover picture and text show, the underground river Westbourne is important to the plot and is described in detail. I think the detail will be factual as was the information that I supplied and I liked the combination of fact and fiction.
The Anglo-Canadian thriller writer, Arthur Hailey, used this style in the 60’s and 70’s in his books including, Airport, Wheels and the Moneychangers.
I don’t read much fiction but I found it interesting when the main character addresses the readers with his thoughts and plans.
It‘s quite a short book (114 pages) but it kept me fascinated to the end.