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Does God Exist?

What would it take to prove the existence of God? This question and the consequences of its answer lies at the heart of Absolute Proof, the new thriller from bestselling author, Peter James. To provide absolute proof of a divine existence would trigger worldwide instability, with every one of the major faiths laying claim to such evidence by whatever means necessary. James’ new book was inspired by an unforgettable, Real-life phone call he received nearly 30 years ago. An always fascinating story-teller, Peter James returns to Life Elsewhere to tell this, and other intriguing stories about his extensive global research and finally the writing of this ambitious stand-alone thriller. “Currently, 84% of the world’s population has faith of some kind.” Says Peter James, adding, “But, are they right to have that faith, or are they deluded? I hope this book will make everyone who reads it think, perhaps in a new way, about a very ancient topic.”

Plus, we have discovered Emma Forman, a talented singer-songwriter, based in Scotland. She has a large catalogue of music available, most produced in the last year or so. Her work is clearly personal, she bares her soul about love and all the complications that come with desire and passion. We are impressed with Emma and think you will be too. In this edition, you’ll hear Not An Angel from Emma’s latest album As Strange As Fiction.  To hear more from Emma Forman pop on over to Life Elsewhere Music Vol 103.

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Show #295 V 2

Very English Reactions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the time the next edition of Life Elsewhere airs, the World Cup will be over. The fate of the English team will have been decided. Could masses of English people be celebrating and dancing in the streets? Coincidently, another momentous event will also have come and gone. But, we can safely predict the masses of people will be gathering in the street but they will certainly not be dancing. Donald Trump’s visit to the UK is promising to enrage such large numbers of protesters that police forces across the country are drafting officers into London to maintain “law and order”. Meanwhile, a gigantic orange Trump Baby balloon, 19 feet high with tiny hands, dressed in a diaper was approved by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan to fly for two hours on the morning of Friday, July 13, at the same time as the “Stop Trump” march in central London. In anticipation of these two historical events, we have assembled a trio of thoughtful Englishmen to hear their reactions to the visit that has caused so much advanced fury in England. We may even glean a World Cup prediction. Tim Orchard is a droll fellow, he imparts a particularly English vein of wit in his novel, Stickle Island. While he insists his views on the visit of Trump to Blighty are his own, you can be sure Tim is speaking for a quite a few fellows down at the pub. While Peter James, author of quintessential English crime-thriller novels is never at loss to share an opinion. The debonair, best-selling, writer, takes to the task with the panache we expect from the creator of the Roy Grace series. Dead If You Don’t, the latest in the detective-thriller series has just been published. Our third guest is a man Norman B says, “I’ve always wanted to chat to Rat Scabies, even after forty years, his amazing drum-roll-intro to The Dammed”s now classic, New Rose, remains unsurpassable!” Chris Miller, aka Rat Scabies, joins the show and amiably talks about his new and first solo album titled P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt). True to form, Chris, one of Punk’s legends, opines about everything from punk to the visit of Mr. Trump.

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A Peculiar Contradiction

“Peter, you live in this spectacular environment, a beautiful house set in a gorgeous landscape of lush green rolling hills, with a veritable menagerie of cuddly dogs, inquisitive emus, nosey alpacas, gentle chickens and reclusive ducks. Your home is replete with exquisite artwork, precious collectibles, an exemplary wine cellar, an impressive array of rare whiskeys and a garage full of grand automobiles. Clearly, you live an idyllic life. So, please do tell me, how is it possible for you to conjure up a dastardly villain like Tooth?” This is the beginning of Norman B’s face-to-face interview with the famed crime-thriller author, Peter James. Over the last couple of years, the two men have met a number of times via Skype and telephone, but this was the first time they had met in person. When Norman mentioned to Peter that he would be visiting the UK, his home country, Peter enthusiastically invited Norman to his country home. In the dashing style, appropriate for a best-selling author, James showed up at the local railway station in his gleaming new Aston Martin to whisk the radio host through the beautiful Sussex countryside to his sumptuous estate. After a leisurely stroll around the property, a delicious lunch, including pork pies, (a ubiquitous English delicacy), was served. Then, Norman B’s informal, perhaps unconventional interview with Peter James began. With a sly, sometimes cheeky wit, Peter is an engaging conversationalist and natural story-teller, making it easy to understand why his DS Roy Grace crime novels have sold 18 million copies worldwide. When you listen to Peter James merrily chat about his research in creating gruesome crimes, imagine the spectacular setting Norman B describes above. It’s a peculiar contradiction, a charming erudite writer living the privileged life of an English squire who delves into the darkest depths of man’s most cruel behavior for his work. Is this the allure of Peter James’ writing? Find out in the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Also in the program, we are delighted to play for you two songs from the new album, Sleep On The Radio by the highly-rated producer and musician, Gordon Raphael. The album is scheduled for release on Zero Hours (UK) September 22nd. Widely known for his work with The Strokes, Gordon’s friendship with Norman B goes back to his early days in Seattle when he formed two original bands, Mental Mannequin and Colour Twigs. In the 1990s during the famous Grunge Revolution, he was keyboardist for the psychedelic band Sky Cries Mary– and starred in an epic dark-wave band called Absinthee. An in-depth interview with Gordon Raphael is being scheduled for an upcoming edition of Life Elsewhere.

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Interviews With Authors

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Next on Life Elsewhere, a review of some of our favorite books, authors and interviews:

1. Rebecca Scherm is the author of Unbecoming, a remarkable and moving debut novel, “It’s a thriller, a psychological study, a love story and disquietingly disturbing as it is brilliant!” says Norman B. Rebecca reads from her book and explains how her fascination with Grace Kelly molded her femme fatale, noir-like heroine. 2. In On the Road with Janis JoplinJohn Byrne Cooke, chronicles his life as her road-manager. He lovingly tells of his three extraordinary years with the legendary singer, right up until her untimely death, 3. Mark Haskell Smith, a frequent guest on the program, became the naked author for his latest book, Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World. His wry observations include, “feeling cheated for not having a foreskin!”  4. Lynsey Addario graphically recalls being tortured and molested in her book, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. From the front-line, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo, the photo-journalist brings a female perspective to the horrors of war. 5. International best-selling, British crime fiction writer, Peter James, talks about his fascination with criminal minds, and doing research in prisons with psychopathic murderers for Want You Dead, the tenth in the Roy Grace detective-thriller series.

This week’s Hit that Never Was features Headache, a track from the 2009 debut album Album by Girls. Frontman Christopher Owens’ bio could easily qualify as the plot for a harrowing novella.

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Wreckless Eric, Peter James & Syd Matters

“Any fool can have ideas. It’s what you do with them that matters. Ian Dury gave me that gem of advice”.

Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World

In Part Two of Norman B’s exclusive interview with Wreckless Eric, the man who penned Whole Wide World recalls his early days of being thrust into the limelight and discovering not everyone had an appreciation of culture, like he did. Eric was surprised by the deliberate reverse snobbery permeating the music world in the late 70’s, the 80’s and even up until today. He found a kindred spirit with the gifted Ian Dury, who became a mentor, advocate and friend. Wreckless Eric speaks passionately as he tells his story, but always with a healthy dollop of humor.

Dry wit, also figures into our conversation with Peter James, the best-selling and acclaimed author. Norman B invited Peter to give us his overview on the outcome of the recent UK election. Peter James a well-qualified and keen observer of life in the UK and America offers an interesting analysis of how the polls could have been so wrong and what the results mean to American and the rest of the world. When asked who the Brits would prefer to see next in the Whitehouse, Peter James replies, “Hilary! We’re afraid of some nutter getting in with a finger on the button! We need someone moderate, who understands the world!”

Also in the program, the Hit that Never Was, selected by a listener who asks for her request to be dedicated to her partner, currently working with a UN education team in Afghanistan. Her request is a beautiful song, My Lover’s On The Pier from French act Syd Matters.

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