The clue is in the title of the website page but as two Birmingham born authors much of our writing and story-lines are entrenched in the UKs second city with a heavy focus on Birmingham City Centre where both of us served as police officers. Whether its fictional characters operating in familiar streets or even within the main police station, or factual history of working in a fast-moving environment its all there in our books. Give Birmingham a try. #police #historical #crime #fiction #true #stories #wmp #history.
If the final episode of a certain TV series leaves you wanting more……. here are four linked novels written by cops who know the truth. Authentic, accurate, realistic, and did some of this really happen? Make your own minds up.
The ‘Made In Birmingham’ series
Meet Rob Docker, AC12 never caught up with him…
Black Over Bill’s Mother’s Link to book page on Amazon. An epic family saga spanning four decades, the 1940’s – 1970’s. Bikers, gangsters, terrorists, crooked cops, and twins with a crucial difference, one is white, one black. This is their story.
Pretty Thing Link to book page on Amazon. 1972. Boy meets girl and they fall in love. Boy falls in love with David Bowie……and runs away to join him on tour, but there is evil waiting in the wings
Keep Right On Link to book page on Amazon 1975. It’s war between Aston Villa and Birmingham City football gangs, the National Front are on the march, it’s a world of violence and hate, but love blossoms in the strangest places, can it prevail?
The Touch Of Innocence Link to book page on Amazon A hard-hitting story that shines a light into the world of paedophiles.
Historical fiction. Available in paperback or on Kindle. Click on links or see book descriptions on our website
‘Pretty Thing’ by Stephen Burrows
An intriguing mystery beginning in the early 1970’s. A story of sexual awakening, betrayal and cultural conflict, entwined with David Bowie’s rise to stardom.
Kindle Customer5.0 out of 5 stars A great slice of 70s nostalgia I really enjoyed this story of love, loss, regret and self forgiveness set against the backdrop of the 70’s and the rise of Bowie. The two main characters, Alice and Danny were beautifully written and reminded me of how it felt to be a teenager discovering myself with its highs and lows. I Ioved the sections which switched from the fictional(?) characters to fly- on-the wall periods with Bowie and how Danny was brought into this world’
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable book I’ve read in a while! The protagonist, Danny, is fifteen when Ziggy lands on earth. I was fourteen, and going through very similar sexual awakenings, and have loved Bowie ever since. Fortunately, for me we came from different backgrounds, but I loved the story- both the ecstatic and the sad! Brought back so many memories. Yes, most enjoyable book I’ve read a quite a while.
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me back in time. I have been a Bowie fan for 47yrs and I have read many autobiography’s, when I first saw this book I was a bit unsure but bought it because anything to do with Bowie I’d give a go. The book was amazing it brought back so many memories of growing up in the70s being a Bowie fan. To be fair I’d forgotten the impact he made to me in the early years, I think we all get stuck in the now. The story itself was brilliant, I laughed, I cried and times thought I was in the story. I wondered if this had happened to a Bowie fan. I didn’t want to finish this book and was really sad when I did. I could go on for ever but I know I’d give to much away. This book is definitely a must for Bowie fans especially the young Bowie fans they would get a great feel from a fans point of view what it was like. Anybody who enjoys reading would like this. It’s love, excitement, loss, tragedy and true in parts. If you are a Bowie fan please give this a read you won’t be disappointed. Thank you to the author Steve Burrows ( I hope you see this) made a old Bowie fan feel like a teenager again. Good luck with this amazing book and thank you again.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Bowie you’ll enjoy this Thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a huge Bowie fan the title and cover attracted me and the way the story mingles with Bowie in the heady Ziggy days is really good. But, the story is more than just that, an old fashioned story of the pain and joy of first loves and the seedy underground world of drugs and prostitution wonderful. A highly recommended read
A really nice write up from reviewer and reporter Mike Pryce
A little book packed with humour and nostalgia. Older Brummies will love it, and younger ones will be able to rediscover their native dialect. Plus the origins of many of the words included. For instance, did you know that ‘Bab’ comes from a Norse word for ‘baby’? Find out more at Bostin Books’ Facebook page or our website http://www.bostinbooks.co.uk
‘Top Secret Worcestershire I’ is available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Top-Secret-Worcestershire-Stephen-Burrows/dp/1858585813/
‘Top Secret Worcestershire II’ is available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Top-Secret-Worcestershire-Stephen-Burrows/dp/1916168094/