The Cilla Rose AffairIt's 1991... two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall... and the spyworld is facing a radical shakeup. So, what do a pirate radio station, a long lost diary, a suspected double agent and the sudden death of Britain's best loved breakfast show DJ have to do with the London Underground and mysterious soundwaves underneath the Fitzroy Theatre? Canadian intelligence agent and television actor Evan Harris knows. And he's recruited his three sons to help him unmask the traitor deep within the British espionage community. The result is a sting operation not unlike a storyline from Evan's 1960s cult tv series, Spy Squad.
Originally released on August 27, 2011 in e-book format.
Republished on July 7, 2015 by Diversion Books.
Read the first two chapters here.
Read The Cilla Rose Affair reviews here.
"I firmly believe this should be Number One on the New York Times Best Seller list!" - someone who reviews books for a very big newspaper
"My favourite Kindle download. Bravo Winona! When's the next one due?" - Arthur Q. Fitton, writer of screen and tv scripts, author of 27 novels and the bestselling self-help pamphlet, Another 101 Conversations With Pansy Heaton
"Please can you tell Arthur Q. Fitton to leave me alone? I've never had any conversations with him. He is delusional." - Pansy Heaton, Bournemouth, England
"I particularly like the Pirate Radio references. They remind me of my youth. By the way, why didn't you mention Radio Luxembourg?" - Arthur Q. Fitton, writer of screen and tv scripts, author of 27 novels and the bestselling self-help pamphlet, 101 Conversations with Pansy Heaton
"I love the London Underground. It used to smell much nicer. Have been to every station at least once. Am planning my next excursion as we speak. I'm particularly fond of Tooting Broadway. Also British Museum. Although it doesn't actually exist anymore. I remember Strand. I have every version of the famous map ever printed. I like the name Cockfosters." - Melvyn Proctor, Clapham
"Would like to speak to you about your research. How do you know about that passageway under Trafalgar Square? Also Canada House is not the center of Canadian Intelligence in London. Never has been. Please remove all references. We know where you work." - Anonymous Canadian Security Intelligence Service agent based in London, not at Canada House
"I feel as if I know these people personally. Would particularly like to contact Evan Harris. Do you have his email address. Is he married?" - Angela Inkley, Saskatoon, Canada
"Why have you put me in your novel?" - Simon Darrow, tv host and former pirate radio DJ
"Where is Romilly Square? I can't find it on any maps. Are you sure you didn't mean Leicester Square? Or Trafalgar Square? This bothers me." - Sally Jones, At Sea
"I loved this. Please write more." - Jilly Snowdon, Caterham
"If you put me in one of your novels, can you make sure nothing bad happens to me? Many thanks. xxx" - Jason Davey, friend of Sally Jones, At Sea
"I'm sure I know where that travel agency is. I think they booked a flight for me once. I didn't know they were on top of an old tube station. I'm very impressed with your research." - Arthur Q. Fitton, writer of screen and tv scripts, author of 27 novels and the bestselling self-help pamphlet, 101 Conversations with Pansy Heaton
"Bollocks." - H.W. Jenkins (curmudgeon) (retired)
"A well-written, intelligent, tongue-in-cheek romp, evocative of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible and The Avengers, and other spy tv cult classics of the 1960s. First on my Christmas giving list this year." - Michael Fossey (uncle of the author)
"Brilliantly written, deep in textual meaning and overall contextual philosophy. The imagery is evocative of Pre-Raphaelite and post-Georgian literary fiction. The author's deep angst is played out against a tapestry of rich post-modernism, yet her characters resonate with the yearnings of the best mid-Victorian heroes." - Gloria Brown, B.A. (Hons) (Literature), University of Regina
"I'd buy it if I had the internet." - Sheila Kent (mother of author)
"I promise I'll buy it... are you paying me for this?" - Stella Kent (sister of author)
"Bloody hell, I'm in another novel." - Christopher Robin Harris (figment of author's imagination)
"So am I." - Anthony Harris (Robin's brother)
"There goes my cover." - Ian Harris (Robin and Anthony's brother)
"I'm waiting for this to be turned into a tv series by the BBC. And can I be in it, please?" - Evan Harris (their father)
"It's really good. Please download it. I sat on the manuscript." - Motor Purr (the author's cat)
"I batted the manuscript off a counter. It was fun." - Cat Stevens (the author's other cat)
"Cilla Rose author caught on camera leaving London hotel with Sheffield United footballer!" - Tabloid Rubbish
The Cilla Rose Affair is published by Diversion Books.
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(Adventure / Espionage)
Publisher: Diversion Books