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Memoirs of an Errant Youth
by Bryan Marlowe 
UK price: £7.38       US price: $12.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 164
ISBN: 0-595-38830-2
Published: Feb-2006

Memoirs of an Errant Youth—a tongue in cheek account of the author’s early years of employment in wartime Britain and the immediate post-war period of austerity.

Book Description
Archibald Sinclair Cholmondeley (pronounced Chumley) is an ill educated, but picaresque, street-wise youth, who sees himself as a composite character of his boyhood heroes—Robin Hood and The Saint.

Archie is an opportunist, who never passes up a chance to supplement his income. But despite his dubious schemes to provide the few pleasures available to a financially deprived young person, living through years of war and austerity, he lives by a self-developed code of conduct. He respects the aged, is charitable to the needy, generous to his friends and family, and given the right motivation is hard-working in the interests of both himself and his employer.

Archie’s scheming often lands him in hot water, but his innate survival instinct usually saves the day for him.

Reviews

"I found Memoirs of an Errant Youth a compelling read. I couldn't put it down until I had finished it and wished it wouldn't end. I hope there's a sequel." — Review by Mrs Violet Coster of Sidmouth, Devon, a book-a-day reader.

"I found Memoirs of an Errant Youth an entertaining read and highly recommend it." — Terry Clamp, Acomb, York

See review of Bryan Marlowe's books by James Drew below

About the author

Bryan Marlowe was born in Holborn, City of London, 1930. He attended 22 schools, leaving at the age of 14. He had numerous jobs before National Service in the Royal Air Force 1948/50. He rejoined the RAF in 1951 and retired in 1971. Marlowe worked for 20 years with a northern police force. On retirement he took up voluntary work with Victim and Witness Support and worked as a newspaper columnist. He has travelled extensively through the five continents and lived abroad.
 

Review by Tom Slaughter:

This was in fact the first of Marlowe's novels that I read, and, like its follow-up An Errant Youth in Uniform, is based on the frequently charming adventures and misadventures of Archibald (Archie) Sinclair Cholmondeley (pronounced 'Chumly') who's breaking into journalism, the hard way. Never short of a cunning trick or three to make himself some extra cash in war-time England, Archie nevertheless has to realise that the real responsibilities of life are just around the corner...

Marlowe's reminiscences (according to the author, the story is to a large extent autobiographical) result in a mostly enjoyable step back in time to simpler days, even if the humour does feel occasionally a touched forced. As was confirmed by its sequel, Archie is probably Marlowe's most likeable character so far, and a third instalment (An Errant Youth Grows Up, perhaps? ;-)) would not be out of place.

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Also by Bryan Marlowe:

As Long as There's Tomorrow...
By Bryan Marlowe         
UK price: £11.77     US price: $21.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 5 x 8
Pages: 394
ISBN: 0-595-39621-6
Published: May-2006

A romantic saga dedicated to those who have lost the love of their life and live in hope of one day regaining it.


Tarnished Heroes       
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £8.38     US price: $15.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 5 x 8
Pages: 228
ISBN: 0-595-40750-1
Published: Aug-2006

It's the cold war in the Far East and a chain of deadly circumstances forces two former world war heroes to form an alliance to save those they love in a final desperate act of heroism and redemption.


A Kind of Wild Justice.
by Bryan Marlowe        

UK price: £8.63    US price: $16.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 242
ISBN: 0-595-43194-1
Published: Mar-2007

Be warned; don’t be fooled by Gary Remington’s gentlemanly demeanour. He’s a tough, war-hardened ex-sergeant major, who exercises unremitting relentlessness in whatever he undertakes. He’s now on a mission of merciless vengeance and he’ll take no prisoners!


Settled Out of Court      
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £8.00     US price: $14.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 204
ISBN: 0-595-47705-4
Published: Nov-2007

Tense, gripping and with a rich seam of black humour, Settled Out Of Court is the latest thriller from Bryan Marlowe—a man with a literary mission of his own.


Leaving Mercy to Heaven  
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £7.99     US price: $10.85
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 288
ISBN: 978-0956051967
Published: Feb-2009
Published by SPIDERWIZE

Leaving Mercy to Heaven is a bang-up-to-date, dramatic action-packed tale of revenge, intrigue, betrayal, and romance, involving terrorism, modern Casablanca, and the Israeli Secret Service

Marlowe's Manuscripts

(From Up Front)

James Drew takes a trip down memory lane, with a shameless plug for his one-time journalist-cohort turned published novelist, Bryan Marlowe. Not heard of him yet? Well, that's why he's a 'cult hero'. Read on...

Bryan always takes pleasure in his work...It does seem like a long time ago. Eleven years, in fact...before falling in love with Brussels (where he arrived via a circuitous journalistic route, taking in The Yellow Advertiser in East London http://icessex.icnetwork.co.uk, which explains why he's a West Ham supporter), your 'umble hack Drew started scribbling in the ancient northern town of York, where a certain UP Front editor Tony Mallett (yes, him again), made a big mistake - he gave him a job as a journalist.

The sadly-defunct free-sheet The York and District Advertiser was where Drew first won his spurs and, if you're wondering when I'm ever going to get to the point of this yarn, don't worry, it'll be any second now.

Because, at this time (told you), Drew also came into the orbit of one Bryan Marlowe, a letter-writer extraordinaire, a man with more bylines in The York Evening Press (www.yorkpress.co.uk) than many of its journalists. Drew, anxious to score points against the 'Tizer's fiercest rival (ah, memories), shamelessly bribed the man with competition prizes, free meals and more than a few sherbets, to ensure that Marlowe's missives began flowing into another newspaper.

The York Press (as they are now called) had the last laugh, unfortunately - doubtless stung by their plucky rival's chutzpah, they offered Bryan a job as a columnist. Which he took, the swine...[Good point - exactly why are we giving him a plug, Drew? - ED]

But enough of the past - Marlowe, who was born in London in 1930 (revenge truly is a dish best served cold) and left school at the age of 14, has long lived the rover's life. Conscripted for National Service in 1948, he served two years, was demobbed, then worked for Siemens and rejoined the RAF as a regular in January 1951.An RAF regular from 1951-71, he then worked for a further 20 years with a northern police force. His extensive foreign travels, combined with his life's career path, inform the genuinely exciting narratives of his four books to date. Up to press, these are As Long As There's Tomorrow, an intensely personal romantic saga about love lost and regained, Memoirs of an Errant Youth, a tongue-in-cheek account of the author's early years of employment in wartime Britain and the immediate post-war period of austerity, Tarnished Heroes, a cold-war thriller set in the Far East and A Kind of Wild Justice, an ex-sergeant-major-turns-vigilante page-turner.

Memoirs of an Errant Youth - By Bryan MarloweAs Long As There's Tomorrow - By Bryan MarloweA Kind of Wild Justice - By Bryan Marlowe

And, just for those readers wondering what the connection is between Bryan and Brussels, be informed that he says he'd "very much like to revisit the capital of Belgium, so long as the G+Ts are on Drew's tab". Just what we need in town - another writer...[Drew, you're fired - ED]

For more information on the man Marlowe and his work (he's currently working on a fifth, Settled Out of Court), go to http://www.diadembooks.com/tomorrow.htm, where you'll also find links to purchase all of his thus-far published tomes. Happy reading!


Brussels-based freelance journalist Tom Slaughter reviews Settled Out Of Court by Bryan Marlowe.

 Considering that he only turned to novels two years ago, Bryan Marlowe proved himself prolific and more than adept at handling a range of genres, from the whimsical nostalgia of Memoirs of an Errant Youth, via the military rough and tumble of Tarnished Heroes, to riveting revenge yarn A Kind of Wild Justice.

 Settled Out Of Court runs along similar lines to …Justice, but Marlowe’s choice of a sociopathic, revenge-driven young man as central character lifts the narrative into the realm of psychological study, as well as being a cracking read.

 Dermot Baxter is the man with a plan – his father Rex died in jail after being wrongly imprisoned for the murder of his au pair lover. Still at home but distant from his mother, Baxter embarks on a calculated mission of revenge against all those members of the law and judiciary whom he believes must pay for the injustice. But the law is slowly and surely closing in…

 Marlowe’s own police experience (he worked for 20 years with a northern force in the UK) is put to good use here; the dialogue between the ‘coppers on the case’ is believable, even if it occasionally seems forced between Baxter and his mother. By the same token, the writer’s gift for creating enjoyable page-turners has once again been employed – that we are suckered into sympathising for a cold-blooded killer is an impressive turn from Marlowe, and there are more than enough twists and turns, coupled with genuinely suspenseful set-pieces, to keep thriller-hounds happy. Recommended.

 T.S.