YOU CAN'T BEAT A GOOD BOOK....

Books written by former pirates, books about offshore radio, biographies and autobiographies .... hopefully you will find something here to interest you.
 
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NOVELS


GRAHAM ADAMS, known as Bob Graham when he was a DJ on Radio Invicta, has written an e-book, partially set on a pirate radio station.

 

TED ALLBEURY, the boss of Radio 390, wrote numerous thrillers, many still in print.

 
 
 

Big L DJ DAVE CASH wrote a number of novels, including one set in the world of offshore radio. All Night Long is now out of print but second hand copies can sometimes be found on Amazon. His memoirs are available as an audio book.

Caroline ‘Good Guy’ GARRY KEMP has written a well-received novel which he describes as “kind of action / mystery / espionage stuff”.

 

BOB LAWRENCE, who broadcast on Radio Caroline during the seventies as Richard Thompson, has writen a novel set on a fictionalised version of the station.

Radio City's IAN MacRAE has written a novel. He tells us: “the story is based on two competing radio stations in an idyllic beachside resort town”.

 

JACK McLAUGHLIN's book is about his life and experiences on Radio Scotland. He says: “it's a light fictionalisation based on actual events ... so you can believe the bits you want to believe!”

GARETH O'CALLAGHAN, who broadcast on Radio Caroline during the eighties as Tony Gareth, has written five novels and a memoir.

 

IAN ROSS was involved in the early days of Radio Caroline and published a novel in 1990 based on his experiences. It is now available again as an e-book.

MARK WESLEY, also known as Mark West, has written a bank caper which he likens to The Italian Job.




BIOGRAPHIES, AUTOBIOGRAPHIES & FACTUAL


TONY BLACKBURN has written two autobiographies: Tony Blackburn, a Living Legend in 1985 and Poptastic!: My Life in Radio in 2007.

Radio Caroline's GORDON CRUSE worked in Canada's juvenile penal system after his broadcasting career and has written a book about it.

KENNY EVERETT's life has been well documented. An autobiography The Custard Stops at Hatfield was published in 1982. Two biographies came out in 2013, both reviewed here.

GRAHAM GILL's autobiography, Way Back Home: The Graham Gill Story is available here.

 
 
Way Back Home: The Graham Gill Story

SUSAN K. MOORE is writing a biographical trilogy about the life and times of her father Reg Calvert, owner of Radio City. The first volume covers 1946-60, the second concentrates on the early sixties. The eagerly-awaited volume 3 will include Reg's involvement in offshore radio and his sad demise.

Sadly JOHN PEEL died while in the process of writing his autobiography. It was completed by his wife, Sheila Ravenscroft, and their children.

 
 
 

Good Night and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of JOHN PEEL Helped to Shape Modern Life by David Cavanagh is a massive tome chronicling the great man's radio career in Britain.

 

TONY PRINCE and Jan Šesták's book tells the story of Radio Luxembourg from both sides of the Iron Curtain, as well as Tony's time on Radio Caroline. Currently available in hardback, a paperback edition is scheduled for spring 2017.

 

EMPEROR ROSKO's DJ Book, a combination of autobiography and guide to being a broadcaster, was published in 1976. A new digital edition is available from his website, featuring the original contents plus a second part bringing the Rosko story up to date.

Emperor Rosko's DJ Book

DAVID SINCLAIR worked on three offshore stations during the sixties - Radio Essex, Radio 270 and Radio 390. His e-book gives a unique insight into life as a North Sea broadcaster and features a foreword by your webmaster.


ED STEWART published his autobiography in 2005. It is currently out of print but second-hand copies can often be found on Amazon.

SCREAMING LORD SUTCH died in 1999 and his autobiography has long been out of print but second-hand copies can often be found on Amazon.

Caroline favourite JOHNNIE WALKER published his autobiography in 2007.

 
 




LIFE AT SEA / RADIO HISTORY


ROB CHAPMAN has written a critical analysis of the programmes put out by the sixties offshore broadcasters.

 

RAY CLARK broadcast on Radio Caroline during the eighties as Mick Williams. He has written an authoritative history of the station, reviewed here.

 

STEVE CONWAY was on Radio Caroline during its last dramatic years at sea. His is a fascinating tale.

 
 

NIGEL HARRIS, also known as Stuart Russell, enjoyed a long career on Radio Caroline spanning the seventies and eighties. Nigel's book also includes his time on a couple of other radio ships.

PAUL HARRIS risked prosecution under the then brand new Marine Offences Act when he wrote and self-published the first book to tell the story of UK offshore radio.

STEPHEN HEBDITCH tells the story of London's land-based pirates from the early hobbyist operations of the sixties to the big commercial enterprises of the eighties.

ADRIAN JOHNS has written an academic study of the story of Reg Calvert, Radio City and the fatal disagreement with Oliver Smedley.

 

The late TOM LODGE broadcast on Radio Caroline North and South during the sixties. His book is part history, part memoir. You can read extracts here.

 
 

If you have an iPad, LION KEEZER's iBook Pirate Radio Ships in the 70s is hard to beat. For more information, see his website.

 
 
Pirate Radio Ships in the 70s

GORDON KELLY tells the Radio Seagull story, covering the output from both the mv Mi Amigo and the Jenni Baynton.

 
 

DAVID KINDRED was a photographer based in Ipswich. Fascinated by offshore radio, he took every opportunity to visit and photograph the stations off his local coast. This book is a collection of his photos with the pirate story related by Keith Skues. Also available in paperback and as a Kindle e-book.

MICHAEL OF SEALAND, born Michael Bates, is the son of Radio Essex's founder Roy Bates. After Radio Essex closed down, the Bates family moved onto Roughs Tower and declared it an independent state, Sealand. This is the Sealand story told by someone who was there from the start.

 

PAUL ALEXANDER RUSLING was involved with the launch of Laser-558. His book is a history of that and the other stations which broadcast from the mv Communicator.

 
 

KEITH SKUES was a DJ on Radio Caroline South and Radio London, and the author of probably the definitive book on UK offshore radio in the sixties.

 
 




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