Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The Tribulations of John Dynham: Part Two of A Family Saga Set During The Wars of the Roses


Part Two out now. Also available Part One

DbBooks
www.davidbretindependent.co.uk



Introduction


John Dynham (1433-1501) rose from obscurity to become a key figure in the violent struggle for supremacy between the houses of York and Lancaster. He left his mark on British history in 1459 in the aftermath of the battle of Blore Heath when he escorted the rebel Yorkist lords, including the future Edward IV, to the safety of Nutwell, his ancestral home, then to the Calais garrison. Recovering from a horrific injury which almost cost him his life, he went on to enjoy a lengthy and glittering political career, not to mention a complex and unconventional personal life.

Twice-married, but openly gay in his private circle, Dynham survived the harsh reigns and dictates of three very different kings: Edward IV, of whom he was one of his closest friends—Richard III, whose regime he held responsible for the deaths of several loved ones, including his first wife—and Henry VII, the first Tudor king whom he secretly despised. His story is one of compelling interest—
sex, shady politics, tragedy and intrigue—and is vividly recounted in this the second part of the Dynham saga which covers the years 1466-71.

Three years have elapsed since Dynham and his lover Philip Atkyn were reunited after Philip’s capture by the French following the battle of Wakefield. Now in his thirties, Dynham is about to enter into an arranged marriage with the wealthy Baroness Elizabeth Fitzwalter, but is determined never to give up Philip. He also has to deal with the bloody Siege of Exeter, court anarchy and the attempted deposition of Edward IV, endless family squabbles, loss of a loved one by way of battle, the rapidly failing health of his much-loved young brother-in-law Nicholas Carew…and the ultimate tragedy which rocks the lives of the entire Dynham clan.


Saturday, 20 August 2016

"Putting One's Head Above The Parapet: My Autobigraphy" by David Bret

DbBooks September 2016
ISBN: 978-1-326-75835-0
270pp 95 Illustrations (58 in e-book)

French-born David Bret is one of Britain’s leading show business biographers and now dishes the dirt on himself. He speaks of his long-suffering mother and eccentric family and recalls the celebrities who became confidants: the chanteuse Barbara, Marlene Dietrich, and Dorothy Squires. He recalls other show business friends: Damia, Charles Aznavour, Charles Dumont and Serge Regianni…controversial figures Alice Sapritch, Manouche, Melina Mercouri and porn star Joey Stefano. He writes of his meetings with Peggy Lee and Greta Garbo and of his spats with Sacha Distel and Franco Zeffirelli. He reveals his friendship with Peter Sutcliffe in pre-Yorkshire Ripper days. He takes no prisoners when discussing his enemies, especially the abusive father who made his childhood a misery. He holds nothing back discussing his love affairs. Bret has been honest when sticking his head above the parapet in his best-selling books and when expressing opinions, and is unsparing when writing about himself…

Table of Contents

Foreword                                                                       
Adoption                                                                        
Amy                                                                            
Aunties (of the paternal kind)                                        
Axel & Damia                                                             
Barbara                                                                                   
“Barnaby”
“Ben” & Those Devon Churches                                              
Berck-sur-Mer
Blackpool                                             
Brit Girls Of The Sixties                                                
Dietrich                                                           
Dorothy Squires                                               
Dutiful Dogs & Cats                                                     
Edna (I)                                                                                     

Edna (II)                                                                    
Elizabeth Taylor                                                             
Faith                                                                            
Fernand Lumbruso                                                       
Footballers                                                                   
Garbo                                                                          
Gemini                                                                         
George Formby & His Leading Ladies                           
Gracie Fields                                                                
Grandmother                                                                
Grange Farm                                                                
Gus                                                                             
Guyarmathy                                                                 
Hawking                                                                      
Homophobes                                                                
In Ted Robledo’s Bed!                                                 
Jack                                                                            
Jacqueline Danno                                                         
Joan Regan & Peggy Lee                                             
Joey Stefano                                                                
Journalists                                
Manouche
Masturbation
Milletts
Misery At The Mason’s Arms                                      
Mother                                                                        
Mother-in-law                                                              
“Nancy Sphinctergritzel”                                               
Nudists                                                                        
O.B.                                                                            
Paris & La Chanson                                                     
“Pauline”                                                                     
Peter Sutcliffe                                                              
Piggy                                                                           
“Pip”                                                                           
Portugal & The Fado                                                    
Racists                                                                        
Retribution Can Sometimes Be Such Fun!                      
Richard III/Roger Normand                                          
Roma Robbers                                                             
Russians & “Vladimir”                                                 
Sacha Distel                                                                 
Sapritch                                                                       
School                                     
Sexuality/Siblings                                                          
“Singing Star”                                                              
Sipping Schnapps With Gunther                                     
Stepmother                                                                  
Teeth                                                                           
That Smiths Singer & The Queen Mother                      
Valentino & The Windy City                             
Wath-upon-Dearne                                                       
Wedding                                                                      
Work Study Officer                                                      
York Street                                                                  
Zeffirelli & Maria Callas                                               
Acknowledgements                  







Monday, 8 August 2016

"The Tribulations Of John Dynham: Part Two Of A Family Saga Set During The Wars Of The Roses"

To be published September 2016



John Dynham (1433-1501) rose from obscurity to become a key figure in the violent struggle for supremacy between the houses of York and Lancaster. He left his mark on British history in 1459 in the aftermath of the battle of Blore Heath when he escorted the rebel Yorkist lords, including the future Edward IV, to the safety of Nutwell, his ancestral home, and then on to the Calais garrison. Recovering from a horrific injury which almost cost him his life, he went on to enjoy a lengthy and glittering political career, not to mention a complex and unconventional personal life.
   Twice-married, but openly gay in his private circle, Dynham survived the harsh reigns and dictates of three very different kings: Edward IV, of whom he was one of his closest friends—Richard III, whose regime he held responsible for the deaths of several loved ones, including his first wife—and Henry VII, the first Tudor king whom he secretly despised. His story is one of compelling interest—
sex, shady politics, tragedy and intrigue—and is vividly recounted in this the second part of the Dynham saga which covers the years 1466-70.
   As Part Two of this medieval saga opens, three years have elapsed since Dynham and his lover Philip Atkyn were reunited after Philip’s capture by the French after the battle of Wakefield. Now in his thirties Dynham is about to enter into an arranged marriage with the wealthy Baroness Elizabeth Fitzwalter, but is determined never to give up Philip. He also has to deal with the bloody Siege of Exeter, the attempted deposition of his close friend Edward IV, endless family squabbles, loss by way of battle, the rapidly failing health of his much-loved young brother-in-law, Nicholas Carew…and the ultimate tragedy which rocks the lives of the entire Dynham clan.