Hugo is our selectively mute, teenage boxing sensation from the Isle of Skye. He’s looking for perfection in the ring, and a first experience in the art of love, not necessarily in that order.
Eva; she’s the best in the ring by miles. Loves to beat people, Including her unsuspecting Skye compatriot.
Troy; tries really hard for his Sunday morning football team. When he does score, it’s an experience he'll never forget.
The Interested Spectators:
Charlene; gay boxing promoter daughter of Max Bostrum, the partially reformed Isle of Dogs gangster come commodity trader.
Illich Andrayovic; Vladivostok based arms dealing oligarch. Ready to use the nuclear option to get what he wants.
DS ‘Nobby’ Bainbridge and his Belarusian assistant DC Ivan Rybak; Scotland Yard‘s finest, with some eager assistance from the Royal Navy, follow the Millwall - Vladivostok feud.
Equatorian Guinea merceneries provide some bloodthirsty jungle warfare, while Vlad, Max’s Chechen protector hits back with the heavy artillery. On a golf course. In Shoeburyness.
The Questions Moral:
Can sport rise above all around it?
Does a disability mean that you’re never going to get anywhere?
Is a woman betraying her sexuality, even if all she does is fall headlong in love?
There are some potential answers to all of these questions, and more, in this immersive crime comedy from the acclaimed author of Perfect Roger.
The westernized pursuit of wealth and status versus the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism – not that you would ever be given a choice from the womb, but where would you rather be?
The Cambodian: whose Buddhist upbringing teaches him that being wealthy is not necessarily about owning cash, and that a strong love should be for sharing.
Han Sen is bought up with Buddhist monks into the desperately horrifying Khmer Rouge period.
The Englishman: a lone child, abusing his doting parents and attempting to murder his relatives, discovers a love for boats which lands him in deep, deep trouble.
Roger is from Surrey, England, the only child of a City of London financier. He eventually finds a form of contentedness at the local sailing club.
Uncle Vern: he supplies some very zany sexual knick-knacks including Heavenly Joy vibrators and a wackily titled sex-chair with almost unlimited possibilities. Not forgetting his very own modified Massageomatic – a fearsome device favoured by serious S&M enthusiasts and repressive regimes around the world. All made by an extremely clever Cambodian.
A tragic underestimation of the Massageomatic's lethal power brings about a massive business collapse that would cost global shareholders millions of pounds.
Who would care the most? If they ever met, perhaps Roger and Han Sen could learn from one another.
There is always an outside chance.
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One of England's greatest motorcycle designers and engineers. The Ariel Square Four, the Triumph Speed Twin, Bonneville, Thunderbird and the Daimler SP250 V8 sports car engine and countless others. All instantly recognisable as Turner design classics to this day.
All of us know Honda products. Motorcycles, cars, trucks, outboard motors, generators. All renowned for their superb finish, obsessive attention to detail and inherent reliability. The man from Hamamatsu is the one who started this global engineering giant.
Like Perfect Roger isn't about rogering, and Hugo isn't really about boxing, so Mr Turner and Mr Honda isn't about motorcycles, although to show willing, there is mention of the odd camshaft or two.
It's about the men, the women, the families, the business partners, the failures, the successes that go into making their dreams reality.
The English were the best in the world prior to 1945, the Japanese nowhere to be seen. What were the reasons for one to so spectacularly fail, and the other to go on and dominate the landscape.
It's Triumph, BSA and Norton in England, vs Honda and Kawasaki in Japan. Their stories told from the beginning, to the end in the case of England.
In the case of the Japanese, to 1973 and still unfolding to the present day.
Find out some of the reasons why in this epic fact-based fiction account - Mr Honda and Mr Turner.
Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner, as the song goes. Went.
Of course I loved London town as a kid, but I also loved reading a lot:
Wilbur Smith, John Buchan, Arthur Hailey, Tom Sharpe, John Irving and John Peel in The Observer, among many others.
Working at sea as an engineer on cargo ships all around the world. I wrote letters home, and really loved the writing.
When someone tells you they enjoy what you write, you sort of take notice.
I enjoy it, they enjoy it, what's not to love?
Personal approach to writing?
Make it interesting.
Imagine larger than life characters, near-ridiculous plot-lines, huge contrasts. Then add some powerful emotion and a belly-laugh or two. Probably not for everybody, it works for me though.
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