Bene Factum Highlights
Playing the field, sailing the sea, cooking up storms
Who on earth has heard of Nick Hudson?
Not many of us – unless you’re the likes of Elton John, Ingrid Bergman, Richard Avedon, Mick Jagger, Bernie Taupin, Marlon Brando, Penelope Tree, Oliver Messel, or Lauren Bacall, to name but a very few of the great and the good who visited the Bagatelle restaurant in Barbados in the 1970s. But Nick’s buccaneering life didn’t start or stop there…
This highly entertaining and fast-paced memoir tells the author’s funny and moving account of his free-spirited journey through life. Born in 1938 to a long line of seafarers, his ambitions were clear-cut and simple from the start: to go to sea – and to become a complete and accomplished bachelor.
But fate is rarely so amenable.
The heady days of Nick’s Diner in Swinging London; the decadent idyll of the Caribbean; blissful paradise with his beloved wife in France – Mister Nick’s path has been all but straightforward, a kaleidoscope of flying, food, sex, and sea, with a glittering cast of names.
Hardback and e-book£20.00
The first Harry Linley adventure
In the midst the world’s faltering recovery from the economic crisis, listless financier and ex-special forces officer Harry Linley accepts the seemingly innocent task of spending a week cat-sitting for a friend.
By the end of the third night, however, two men are dead on the kitchen floor.
A handful of disparate international strangers find themselves subsequently entangled in a web of deceit, sex and murder amongst the glittering towers of Dubai, with a seemingly unstoppable chain of miscommunication threatening to bring them and the world to ruin.
And at the heart of all this chaos: a beautiful, white Persian cat.
This hilarious, mile-a-minute thriller provides a sharp-eyed satire of our globalised world, in which those who shout loudest, shoot fastest and spend most always try to come out on top.
Read a free SAMPLE here to get a taste.
Funny, troubling and thought-provoking all in one – from a man who has been there and seen it himself!”
…and other stories
I didn’t intend for Alex to be in my book, he just appeared, sort of uninvited, as he always seems to in real life.”
–The Unround Circle
Just because I made it up doesn’t mean it isn’t true…
Master of the written word Pete Bellotte presents twenty-two short stories exploring the limitless range of behaviour that people are capable of.
Amusing, perplexing, dark-minded, or even hilarious, the characters inhabiting this universe have just one thing in common: a determination to challenge expectations and upset the norm. You’ll never see them coming.
In their own way, all of them – liars and murderers, heroes and romantics – fight back against the forces, right or wrong, that work against them. They defy convention… Break the bonds… Unround the circle.
E-book out now from Amazon and other e-tailers
Paperback to be released in May 2015£9.99
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After Bedales, Cambridge and LAMDA, and a year finding out that he was neither a good nor a successful actor, Robert Booth spent 11 years teaching English as a foreign language in London, France and Italy. He subsequently went into broadcasting, first with BBC Radio 4 and then at Classic FM. In the spring of 1996 he and his family moved to south-west France, where they lived for 7 years. He writes a regular food column for Sussex Living magazine.
Elsewhere he is the author of Always and Only Venice, a grand compilation of odds and ends, myths, legends, curiosities, facts, and strange and wonderful things about that most magical place. He now lives in Petworth, Sussex.
Read more about his inspiration for these gastronomic almanacs in the interview below: