Ullapool Bookshop and a small teashop (Stepping Stones) in a corner of Wester Ross, has sold over 500 copies of my book Paying for the Past. (Population of Ullapool is around 1500). I am most grateful.

News story: click the Island panel below to read the the full Scotsman article...

Website for my books:

www.geoffgreen.co.uk

 

Return to Priest Island

September 21st 2015: The six minute video (below) was made to 'celebrate' my Return to Priest Island after forty years.

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Priest Island

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Lunchtime talks HN - Paying for the Past - May (3)

Horsham Library

Tuesday 9th May 2015:

A talk to publicise my book.

At first, only a few people turned up. I was disappointed but started the talk anyway.. Five minutes later, a whole coach load piled in and a healthy Q&A session followed.

Sunday March 1st 2015 - Podcast with Barry Winbolt MSc. trainer, mediator, psychotherapist and writer

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December 12th 2014 BOOK REVIEW Ullapool Bookshop

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12th December 2014 - BOOK REVIEW - By Don Shaw, Ullapool Book Shop

 Paying for the Past - by Geoff Green

Geoff Green's gritty memoir tells how, as a young builder in the early 1960s, he fell in with two men who would wheel and deal their way via sharp financial practices into running several high-profile and apparently successful businesses, even sponsoring a car in the British Grand Prix in the mid-1970s.

Then, as their illegal dealings were about to be exposed, these two characters, with the author's help, staged fake suicides and fled from the south of England to the Summer Isles and to Priest Island, where they remained holed up for nearly nine months in 1975-76.

Eventually getting off the island, they were staying on Moss Road, Ullapool, when they were 'betrayed' and the police swooped.  Jail sentences followed. The case made front-page headlines in the south of England.  But, as the author says, little of the case is remembered up here.

Though not a present to be given to someone of a delicate disposition (the author comes from a tough and troubled background, to put it mildly), the book reads well and some of the passages dealing with getting to Priest Island in the autumn of 1975 are edge-of-the-seat stuff.

There is, however, very little about the experiences of the two runaways' stay on the island, as both men are now dead and that story cannot be told first-hand.  But in its own way, theirs was quite an amazing modern-day feat, to last so long out there undetected, living by their wits off the land and sea.

Saturday December 20th 2014 - STEYNING BOOK SHOP - 11am 'till 12.30pm

Geoff will be signing more copies of his book 'Paying for the Past'.

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December 10th 2014 - Goring Road Readers and Paying for the Past

Goring Road Readers watched the DVDs of the BBC Everyman (1980) and ITV Crime Scene Psychic's (2008) programmes. Miller and Bellord and psychic Bob Cracknell get the opportunity to defend their case and the group get a chance to see the characters of, Paying for the Past 'live'. Thanks to Essa for introducing me to her book group and Val and Don for hosting. Members contributed scrummy food for our superb lunch!

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November 19th 2014 - Coastway Radio Interview

Interview with Rosemary Allix  for 'The Book Corner' on Coastway Hospital Radio at Abbey Road Studios (Brighton not London!).

http://www.mixcloud.com/RosemaryA/geoff-green-paying-for-the-past-on-coastway/

interview with Rosemary Allix
The Book Corner

October 23rd 2014 - Steyning Herald

BOOK REVEALS LINK TO INFAMOUS FRAUD CASE.
This was the headline to an article by Elaine Hammond in this weeks Steyning Herald, followed by:
'Book lovers learned of a Steyning Osteopath's secret past, linking him to an infamous 1970's fraud...

http://www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/local/book-reveals-link-to-infamous-fraud-case-1-6367617

October 15th 2014 - Goring Road Readers

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Essa Timms chose 'Paying for the Past' as her book club read. I spent a most enjoyable afternoon, as guest author, with the 'Goring Road Readers'. It was an uplifting and entertaining afternoon amongst very enthusiastic readers. The question and answer session was particularly engaging. Many thanks to Essa and the group for such a memorable occasion.

October 9th 2014 - Paying for the Past - Book Launch

The book launch of Paying for the Past was a great success. Many thanks to all those who came, and a very big thank you to Sara, Rob, Gudrun and Gill at The Steyning Book Shop for making it so pleasurable. And Andy for taking the pics!

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September 30th 2014 - Argus Article

Rachel Millard interviewed me for the Argus newspaper. The full two page spread has been published today. The following link is an associated clip.   http://www.theargus.co.uk/opinion/comment/11503863.How_far_would_you_go_to_help_a_friend_/

October 10th 2014 - Paying for the Pat Book Launch

The book launch of Paying for the Past was a great success. Many thanks to all those who came, and a very big thank you to Sara, Rob, Gudrun and Gill at The Steyning Book Shop for making it so pleasurable.

September 25th 2014 - Essa's book group

Essa Timms chose, Paying for the Past, as her book club read for this month and invited me, as guest author, to a meeting with the group in October.

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If you're local, you can pick up a copy of Paying for the Past in-store at:

Steyning Book Shop, High Street Steyning, BN44 3RD   Tel: 01903 81206  Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1AKsc9E

 

September 6th 2014 - City Books

If you're local, you can pick up a copy of Paying for the Past in-store at: City Books, 23 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1AF, Brighton's independent book shop. http://www.city-books.co.uk/ Tel: 01273 725306

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August 29th 2014 - Paperback launch

Paying for the Past is now available on Amazon in paperback (as well as Kindle). http://amzn.to/1sGuJyD. It has been revised, proof read by Julia Gibbs, formatted by Allen of eBformat with a new cover design by Cathy Helms of Avalon Graphics.

August 14th 2014 - Cathy Helms of Avalon Graphics redesigned my book cover ready for relaunch and paperback version.photo

July 24th 2014 - Paying for the Past, soon out in paperback.

Proof reader Julia Gibbs has just finished work on my revised manuscript. Cathy Helms of Avalon Graphics in the US is designing a new cover. When completed, the revised book will be available from Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. Hopefully next month..

April 20th 2014Geoff Green, Guest Author - BOOK GROUP - Read, Write, Review, Discuss. We discuss all aspects of books and hold regular guest spots with some interesting guests

This was posted to the group: Don't forget our Guest Spot tomorrow April 20th with true life crime author Geoff Green. Take a sneak peak at his book on Amazon for some ideas of what to ask him. 7pm UK time, 8pm, European time and you'll have to Google for times in other time zones.

My Comment: There's a lot of energy in this group and some interesting questions about my writing, including my yet to be published novels: The Sand Hide and Cold Friends. Some searching questions about Paying for the Past: why I wrote the story, research problems, opposition to it being written, my interviews with BBC and Cineflix etc. I had a great time and many thanks to Tottie Limejuice for her support and guidance throughout the interview.

April 7th 2014 - Book Club reads, Paying for the Past

BOOK CLUB 2 004Delighted once again to be chosen for a Steyning Book Club read. Crissy Smith chose Paying for the Past and seven members met at Westering for a lively chat over tea and cake - and some very interesting questions. The way the scam actually worked still generates much interest. I'm not sure, even now, of the complexities of it all, except to reiterate that it was about doing dodgy things with hire purchase agreements, finance houses, the church and gullible nominees. I may take another look at the way I explain it in the book...

We discussed how psychology and charisma can convince us vulnerable human beings of almost anything if the perpetrators get their 'script' right. Miller and Bellord's 'escape' to Priest Island stimulated much discussion too. Interesting to note how much I relive those scenes each time they play out under questioning. But delighted to be amongst such enthusiastic readers.

March 17th 2014 - 1975 Formula One disaster

From my Southern Organs, Racing Promotions Manager, days...Discovered this clip of the 1975 British Grand Prix which ended in disaster for our Formula One driver Dave Morgan, car number 19 - amongst a host of others.  -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9mXWqLjGd8

March 10th 2014 - Autosport

Been asked for this Nostalgia link again: The mysterious Geoff Green; This thread appeared in Autosport...   http://bit.ly/1ejy1mF

March 6th 2014 - Book update

My book has been out  two weeks and showing nine (9) '5 star' reviews. You can check them out at: http://amzn.to/1fyxvhy

February 18th 2014 Launch of  Paying for the Past on Amazon Kindle.photo Link on Read the Book page.

January 23rd 2014. Redesign of book cover for Kindle Amazon Launch.

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After much thought and on learning that my book cover will be viewed postage stamp size on Amazon Kindle's search pages, I decided to redesign the cover. In addition to size reduction, the front of the book will be seen on most Kindle Readers in black and white. I think it looks pretty good. Feed back would be appreciated

 

 

 

January 22nd 2014The Psychic Detective. In his recent book, The Lonely Sense: The Autobiography of a Psychic 

 

Detective, Chapter 15, Robert Cracknell tells of his involvement with the Southern Organs fraud. There are flaws in his account, as there were in his previous book, Clues to the Unknown and in his article in the magazine, Prediction.

When Bob Cracknell and Daily Express Crime reporter Norman Luck interviewed me about my part in the crime, Cracknell didn’t let on he was a psychic. This gave the impression he was part of Norman Luck's investigative team. Following that meeting, Bob Cracknell mentioned that I had complained to the police about 'harrassment' during the interview. That was not true. No need to mention all his mistakes, except to say there were a number.

January 16th 2014

Rainbow Book Club reads Paying for the Past.

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Terry Davies and her Steyning book club bravely chose my unpublished (must be an all time first for a book club) true crime story for their current book choice. Ruth put on a fantastic meal and we ate and drank our way through a great evening. Carol and I were knocked out by the warmth of the company, the energy and enthusiasm and, while we were at it, we put the world to rights. Thank you all.

January 16th 2014

Meeting with a Detective

Met D.C. Dave Fickweiler for coffee this morning. He's the detective who worked on the fraud squad in 1975. We haven't seen each other since 1976. We talked about Miller and Bellord's arrest in Ullapool, Dave's interview with me at the time and the claim of psychic Bob Cracknell: that he helped solve the case...

January 10th 2014

The mysterious Geoff Green; This thread appeared in Autosport last month...   http://bit.ly/1ejy1mF

December 20th 2013

Paying for the Past, is this month's choice for Steyning's 'Rainbow' book club. This is a brave move for those courageous readers and may be an all time first - a book club opting for an unpublished story! A really exciting project for me.

December 3rd 2013

Web's about as good as I can get it without going stir crazy. I may make changes, on the hoof later.

December 2nd 2013

Website trial launch. Andy spots some stuff that needs changing. It's nearly ready...

December 1st 2013

Launch five minute promotional video on You Tube.

November 2013

Andy Batkin previews the five minute promo clip, gives it the thumbs up, and sends it for review to Ana in Portugal and Fiona in Malawi. Hope it travels well.

November 20th 2013

I am in the process of creating my Paying for the Past website. It's still under construction after producing a 5 minute video clip to promote the book. Producing the brief video was a time consuming project. I reckoned it took hours of work for every minute of finally edited film...

September 11th 2013

Carol and I travelled up to Ullapool to try and get some video footage of Priest Island for my website. The weather was too rough (shades of 1975) but our friend Duncan hopes to get some ariel video footage from his pal's private plane.

February 2013

For one week, Paying for the Past, was in the top five most read books on Harper Collin's 'Authonomy' site. (see reviews on my website review page). 'Authonomy' is a site for writers. readers and publishers, conceived and developed by book editors at Harper Collins. http://authonomy.com/