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Special announcement – The Squire of Knotty Ash

Lady Dodd and Great Northern Books are delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of The Squire Of Knotty Ash… and his Lady, an intimate biography of Sir Ken Dodd, written by Anne, Lady Dodd & biographer and TV producer Tony Nicholson.

There have been other books about Ken Dodd’s career, but, being a very private person offstage, he always declined to cooperate with biographers, so they had to rely on the extremely limited and, at times, inaccurate information available in the public domain.

Lady Anne said: “Ken had always intended to write his autobiography, but he never got round to it.  He was too busy making people laugh.  Tony did a great job on the sensitively produced BBC2 documentary tribute to Ken in 2018, so when he suggested collaborating on a book together I thought this was the perfect opportunity to tell the real story of Ken’s astonishing life and career.  It has been a labour of love and I hope people will enjoy finding out about the human side of my fascinating husband, just as much as they used to love his joyously funny shows.”

Tony Nicholson said, “This book will change everything you thought you knew about Sir Ken.  He shied away from publicity and never talked about his private life, so the press often fed the public with exaggerations and misleading assumptions.  This revealing book changes all of that.

Sir Ken was one of Britain’s favourite entertainers and the last of the truly great variety stars of the 20th century.  If you liked Ken Dodd, and who didn’t, then you will love this book.”

The Squire of Knotty Ash… and his Lady will be published by Great Northern Books in the spring of 2021.

Link to pre-order page

‘Sands of Time’ shortlisted for top honour

‘Sands of Time,’ written by award-winning journalist and author Lindsay Sutton, is on the three-strong shortlist for the British Guild of Travel Writers’ ‘Travel Book of the Year.’
The book, published by Great Northern Books, was judged jointly by a travel writing panel from Britain, America and Australia, who chose the three finalists from a large entry of narrative travel books.
The final winner will be announced at a star-studded awards evening at the five-star Savoy Hotel in London’s West End next March (2021) when it is hoped that representatives from both Cumbria and Lancashire will be able to attend.

Running the Orient launch

7pm to 8pm, Thursday 13th August 2020

Gavin Boyter, ultrarunner and author of Running the Orient, discusses his book and pan-European running adventures with co-adventurer Aradhna Tayal.  The event will be chaired by Hannah Trevarthan of English PEN and directed by Phil Barnes of Royal Television Society, London.

Link to Livestream: https://youtu.be/bkks168Ae3M

You will be able to order an advance signed copy of the book here: https://dauntbooks.co.uk/shop/books/running-the-orient/

There will be an opportunity to pose questions to Gavin and Aradhna.

Event in Association with Daunt Books and Great Northern Books (publisher).