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I’m MARK HAYSOM and what you are about to read are the opening chapters of IMAGINE, my  second novel, published by Piatkus and available in paperback and Kindle editions. Saturday, 3 August 1963 1 Saturday afternoon: Crawley New Town One behind the other, the two men lead the way from the bus station with the battered leather suitcase hoisted high above their heads. They are identically dressed in long drape jackets with velvet-trimmed collars, suede shoes with thick crepe soles, drainpipe trousers and bootlace ties. One has a cigarette that bobs dangerously from the corner of his mouth; he squints as the smoke snakes into his eyes. In sashaying polka-dot circle skirts and sling-back heels, their bottle-blonde girlfriends follow on in single file. Behind them are the children, Megan and then Baxter. Christie brings up the rear, carrying the baby. And they are doing the conga. A minute ago, everything seemed […]

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‘Imagine’ publishing dates

Imagine will be published first as an ebook (and, of course, on Kindle) on March 6th 2015. On May 1st, the paperback edition will publish in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. It is currently planned that the UK paperback will go on sale on December 2nd – although this date may change.  

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Mark at Bookish Supper

Last night (September 10th) Mark was one of the guest authors at The Bookish Supper Society in Brighton. He read a short extract from ‘Love, Love Me Do’ and was then interviewed by Laura Lockington. Also appearing at the Naked Eye Gallery were fellow authors William Nicholson and Hannah Vincent.

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Title announced

Mark Haysom’s publisher, Piatkus, has today announced the title for the sequel to Love, Love Me Do. Originally billed as See My Baby Jive, Piatkus has now opted for Imagine – which they believe better encapsulates the hopes and dreams of the characters in the novel. Full story:  

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Former Grimsby journalist Mark Haysom has his debut novel published

Grimsby Telegraph, August 26th 2014 A NEW chapter has started in the life of a former Grimsby journalist – whose dream of becoming an author has come true after 40 years. Mark Haysom, 60, who took his first steps in journalism at the now defunct Grimsby News, has had his debut novel Love, Love Me Do published. Set in 1963, it tells the … Read more:  

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‘Love, Love Me Do’ sequel nears completion!

I have been asked many times in the last few months when the sequel to Love, Love Me Do will be published. I am delighted to be able to report that I am now making the final revisions to the novel and, in a few weeks time, it will be passed to a copy editor. Meanwhile, work is already underway on the design for the cover. My editor, Emma Beswetherick, tells me that the intention is to publish the book overseas (and as an e-book) early in the new year and as a paperback in the UK some months later. Watch this space for more details of the production and publication schedule!

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Festival of Love

August 6th 2014: For three weeks this August, Royal Festival Hall turns into a luxury 2000-seat cinema as Southbank Centre screen some of the greatest films ever made about love as part of Festival of Love. Grab your loved ones, plus the tissues and watch the love stories unfold. Leading the bill is Brief Encounter, Time Out’s ‘most romantic film of all time’, accompanied by a live symphonic orchestra. Mark Haysom’s debut novel, Love, Love Me Do will also feature front of…   Read more:    

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