Susan Hill Update

Steven Pacey reads the next in Susan Hill’s Simon Serrailler series, A Breach of Security. Released last week, on 16 September, A Breach of Security is a short story, just 1 hour and 28 minutes, that will whet your appetite for the upcoming novel, The Soul of Discretion, the 8th in the Simon Serrailler series.

A Breach of Security

When a bunch of neo-fascist thugs named The Bulldogs attack a Gay pride march in the sleepy country town of Lafferton, detective Simon Serrailler moves quickly to find the assailants. He’s already got his hands full making security arrangements for a memorial service to honour soldiers returning from Afghanistan. When anonymous threats come in, Serrailler wonders if the Bulldogs are behind these too – and worries that they know the Prince of Wales will be in attendance. As the day approaches, the threats intensify, and Serrailler finds himself racing against the clock to prevent catastrophe.

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The Soul of Discretion is now available for pre-order. It will be released on 2 October, 2014.

The Soul of Discretion

The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place. As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same hopes and fears, and the same kinds of crime, as any number of towns up and down the land.

When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton’s new Chief Constable, Kieron Bright, he is met by four plainclothes officers. He is asked to take the lead role in a complex, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately, without telling anyone – not even his girlfriend Rachel, who has only just moved in with him.

Meanwhile, Simon’s sister Cat is facing difficult choices at work that will test her dedication to the NHS. But an urgent call about her and Simon’s father, Richard, soon presents her with a far greater challenge much closer to home.To complete his special op, Simon must inhabit the mind of the worst kind of criminal. As the op unfolds, Lafferton is dragged into the sort of case every town dreads. And Simon faces the fight of his life.

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The Kindness of Women

This is the second in a series of JG Ballard classics that Steven Pacey reads for Rushforth Media. Following on from Empire of the Sun, Ballard’s account of a boy’s ordeal in Japanese occupied Shanghai in WWII, The Kindness of Women, Ballard’s sequel, following post-war life in England, will be released on 7 October, 2014, and is now available for pre-order.

Kindness of Women

The fascinating, and largely autobiographical, sequel to J. G. Ballard’s prize-winning Empire of the Sun, that follows Jim to post-war England. The Kindness of Women continues the story of the boy whose life in Japanese-occupied Shaghai was described so memorably in Empire of the Sun, it sets those traumatic events within the context of a lifetime as we follow the narrator, Jim, to England and suburban Shepperton after the war.

Jim tries and fails to find stability as a medical student at Cambridge and a trainee RAF pilot in Canada. Then, after settling happily into family life, his world is ripped apart by domestic tragedy. He plunges into the maelstrom of the 1960s, an instigator and subject of every aspect of cultural, social, and sexual revolution. All this and much more, we see as the attempt of a bruised mind to make sense of the upheaval around it.

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Empire of the Sun Released

JG Ballard’s best seller, Empire of the Sun, read by Steven Pacey was released on the 9 September, 2014. And soon, the sequel, The Kindness of Women, will be available, too!

Empire of the Sun

From the master of dystopia, comes his heartrending story of a British boy’s four-year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. Based on J. G. Ballard’s own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy’s life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai – a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint. Rooted as it is in the author’s own disturbing experience of war in our time, it is one of a handful of novels by which the 20th century will be not only remembered but judged.

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Liberator Chronicles 9 Reviews

Liberator Chronicles 9

Reviews of Liberator Chronicles 9, from Big Finish are popping up around the Internet. Here’s a collection of them:

“The voice acting by Steven Pacey and Tony Chadbon was outstanding.”

Ian Cullen, Sci-Fi Pulse

“… script is narrated by Steven Pacey’s Tarrant, and the actor’s long experience of audiobook reading comes in handy here, as he provides voices for a number of other characters along the way – including a dealer who brings back memories of The Phantom Menace!”

Paul Simpson, Sci-Fi Bulletin

“The narration is carried chiefly by Steven Pacey, and his dialogue scenes with Tom Chadbon flow naturally; the two actors are great together.”

Jackie Emery, Horizon – The Official Blake’s 7 Fan Club
DATE SOURCE REVIEWER STAR RATING
1 September, 2014 Starburst Magazine Tony Jones 8/10
30 August, 2014 Sci-Fi Pulse
(Review of Defector only)
Ian Cullen 9.8/10
20 August, 2014 Third Eye Cinema
(Review of Defector only)
not rated
16 August, 2014 Horizon – The Official Blake’s 7 Fan Club Jackie Emery not rated
nd Sci-Fi Bulletin
(Review of Defector only)
Paul Simpson 8/10


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Poirot Repeat in UK

Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 13, Episode 2: The Big Four, featuring Steven Pacey, will be re-broadcast in the UK on:

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ITV Encore
ITV Encore
Saturday
6 September, 2014
7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours )

The sleuth is reunited with sidekick Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), secretary Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran) and Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) in a case that plunges him into the world of global espionage as the Second World War looms. The public are in panic after the shocking death of Russian grandmaster Ivan Savaranoff during a game of chess. Poirot must try to determine the good guys from the bad, as a complex plot by a gang of dangerous dissidents sees a host of international figures used like pawns. David Suchet stars in a story adapted by Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard

Text from: TV Guide


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Steven Pacey should read everything!

Just had to share this BLOG post from author, Laurian Smith, titled Steven Pacey Versus My Book Dysfunction:

I do have a trend when deciding what to read versus to what I will listen, however: I will read non fiction 90% of the time. With fiction, I like reading larger tomes myself, whereas, I enjoy listening to shorter books. Another factor is the narrator. One of my faves is Steven Pacey. Were I wealthy enough, he would read everything to me at my behest.
“Mr. Pacey, would you be so kind as to read the morning paper to me, sir?” I would say.
Or, “Mr. Pacey, would you please read my utility bill aloud?”
He would, of course, answer in the affirmative and I would continue to happily pay him his due.

The moral of the story: Between Steven Pacey reading things to me and reading a good-smelling book slowly, Steven wins hands down, I guess.

Laurian Smith, 25 August, 2014. Entire post.


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Empire of the Sun

Steven Pacey reads JG Ballard’s best seller, Empire of the Sun. This is the first of three JG Ballard audiobooks Steven is reading for Rushforth Media. Empire of the Sun will be released on 9 September, 2014, and is now available for pre-order.

Empire of the Sun

From the master of dystopia, comes his heartrending story of a British boy’s four-year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. Based on J. G. Ballard’s own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy’s life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai – a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint. Rooted as it is in the author’s own disturbing experience of war in our time, it is one of a handful of novels by which the 20th century will be not only remembered but judged.

JG Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, where his father was a businessman. After internment in a civilian prison camp, he and his family returned to England in 1946. He published his first novel, The Drowned World, in 1961. His 1984 best seller, Empire of the Sun, won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg. His memoir Miracles of Life was published in 2008. J. G. Ballard died in 2009.

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10th Planet Signing Event CHANGE OF DATE

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10th Planet Events are advertising that Steven Pacey will be attending a signing event in Barking in September on AUGUST 23, THIS WEEKEND!

Saturday 27th September SATURDAY 23rd AUGUST
between 10.00 am and 13.00 pm
FREE ENTRY

Barking Learning Centre,
2 Town Square, Barking,
IG11 7NB
Tel: 020 8724 8710

Autographs are £10 each (buy 4 get 5th free)


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Poirot Repeat in Australia

Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 13, Episode 2: The Big Four, featuring Steven Pacey, will be re-broadcast for Australina viewers on:

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ABC
Friday
15 August, 2014
8:00pm

Poirot does not appear to be repeated on ABC iview.

Set against the backdrop of the impending WWII, The Big Four plunges Poirot into a world he has never been in before…one of global espionage. The public are in panic after the shocking death of Russian grandmaster Ivan Savaranoff (Michael Culkin) and Poirot must try to determine the good guys from the bad, as a complex plot sees a host of international figures used like pawns. The film welcomes back iconic characters Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), Inspector Japp (Phillip Jackson) and Miss Lemon (Pauline Moran).

Text from: ABC Shop


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The Incorruptibles Released Today!

John Hornor Jacobs latest, The Incorruptibles, read by Steven Pacey, is released today!

The Incorruptibles

In the contested and unexplored territories at the edge of the Empire, a boat is making its laborious way upstream. Riding along the banks are the mercenaries hired to protect it – from raiders, bandits and, most of all, the stretchers, elf-like natives who kill any intruders into their territory. The mercenaries know this is dangerous, deadly work. But it is what they do.

In the boat the drunk governor of the territories and his sons and daughters make merry. They believe that their status makes them untouchable. They are wrong. And with them is a mysterious, beautiful young woman, who is the key to peace between warring nations and survival for the Empire.

When a callow mercenary saves the life of the Governor on an ill-fated hunting party, the two groups are thrown together. For Fisk and Shoe – two tough, honourable mercenaries surrounded by corruption, who know they can always and only rely on each other – their young companion appears to be playing with fire. The nobles have the power, and crossing them is always risky. And although love is a wonderful thing, sometimes the best decision is to walk away. Because no matter how untouchable or deadly you may be, the stretchers have other plans.

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