It’s been a good week. I finished the last bits and pieces for ‘More Truth, Lies and Propaganda’ and now it is all ready for formatting. Hopefully it will be on Amazon before the end of the month. Getting a book out is more that just writing the story. There is the cover to design, the dedication to compose along with the blurb on the back which aims to have potential readers riveted to the spot. There is the end stuff as well, and all those little fiddly bits seem to take ages.
A few readers have written to ask if I am going to include pictures in the book and the answer is no. For ‘Truth, Lies and Propaganda’ I had very few pictures of my early days in the media on my computer, and frankly when you are out on shoot you seldom have time to stop and take still pictures. But when we were traveling all over the country, part of each project was to produce a booklet, so I needed to take lots of photographs. I won’t include them in the book, but I will sprinkle a few on my blog and on my Facebook page.
There is a chapter in the book called the Devil’s Claw and on the day we spent with the villagers, they put on a play for us which we recorded to include in the final programme. But I’m not going to tell you what Devil’s Claw is used for – you will have to read the book!
This is the blurb from the back cover: –
More unbelievable tales from behind the camera lens, as Lucinda and her ‘rainbow crew’ travel across South Africa. They meet Mandela, endure a terrifying helicopter ride and empathise with the forlorn Bushmen. There are riots, an abandoned patient, a ram with an identity crisis and a house that disappears. Their stories are both hilarious and heartbreaking, revealing the truth about what goes on behind the scenes in the media. This book proves that propaganda is alive and well on television screens across the world.
Time now to go a little further back in history, to Edward II to be more precise. He’d just lost the war with Scotland (and no the year is not important as we’re not bothering with difficult stuff like dates).
Edward had fallen out with so many of his nobles that he was quite surprised when he received an invitation to a big bash at Berkley Castle. He was really looking forward to a great party and got all dressed up for the occasion, but when he arrived they were not nice to him at all. In fact they dropped him into a large dungeon in the front hallway.
His body seemed to have received a red hot poker in a particularly awkward and private place, but it was never PROVED that there was ANY question of foul play so a verdict of accidental death was recorded.