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  • Mango Newsletter Feb. 26, 2019

    Welcome to the new edition of Dial M for Mango, the newsletter from true-crime publisher Mango Books. It's our first for several months, so there's some catching up to do! In this issue we look at the latest titles from the Mango stable, along with new offerings from our police history imprint, Blue Lamp Books. We also give details of the forthcoming memoirs of a music icon, drummer Clem Cattini, whose book will be the first of a new imprint - as yet unnamed - focussing on real life biographies from the world of entertainment.

    We're pleased to announce that the next volume in the official Notable British Trials series - No. 86 - is now available. The 1881 murder of Mr Frederick Isaac Gold by Percy Lefroy Mapleton on the Brighton express train shocked and alarmed the nation in equal measure, it being only the second railway murder after that of Thomas Briggs by Franz Müller some seventeen years earlier. The case saw the involvement of officials whose names would become well known throughout the 1880s; Coroner Wynne Baxter, Scotland Yard Divisional Surgeon Dr Thomas Bond and Detective Inspector Donald Swanson. While the murder, escape and subsequent capture were thrilling, Lefroy's behaviour at his trial was itself bizarre, being more interested in his hat that proceedings going on around him. On hearing the judge's sentence of death, Lefroy rose to his feet and proclaimed: "Gentlemen of the jury. Some day, when too late, you will learn that you have murdered me." This book reproduces the testimony given at the trial, together with an introduction, a chronology and appendices. In our next edition of Dial M for Mango we'll be revealing the next three titles in the Notable British Trials series.

    TRIAL OF PERCY LEFROY MAPLETON is available here in hardback and Kindle formats.

    By D F Houston
    On being handed an ancient family Bible in 2017, David F Houston was intrigued by the unusual surname inscribed on an inside page and set out to find information about the family. His research led him to a man who was born in Cumbria in the north of England at the very end of the eighteenth century; a man who began a career as a local blacksmith but who gave up everything to convert to Mormonism. A man who travelled across the world in his search for spiritual belonging, but found himself involved in one of the worst cases of mass murder in American history.

    This is the true story of Jonathan Pugmire Sr; a tale of drowning, imprisonment, emigration, religion, polygamy, war and mass murder.

    Originally from Northampton, David F Houston graduated with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2005 and subsequently moved to the Lake District. He currently lives in Cumbria, where Jonathan Pugmire Sr spent his early life. This is his first book.

    Available here in softcover and Kindle formats.

    By Louis Berk and Rachel Kolsky
    We're thrilled to be published the next collaboration between Louis Berk and Rachel Kolsky following their successful titles Whitechapel in 50 Buildings and Secret Whitechapel.

    Whitechapel Doors chronicles the social and political history of this iconic area of London through the entrances and portals of its buildings. Once a rural backwater favoured by the wealthy and the retired, it became a dark and sinister presence in the 19th and 20th centuries but in the current era is being transformed into a modern addition to the City that it borders.

    Illustrated with over one hundred photographs by Louis Berk and narrated by award-winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide Rachel Kolsky, the doors range from humble residences to the grandeur of public and commercial buildings, each with their own fascinating story to tell.

    A4 softcover, 120 pages full colour throughout.

    Pre-order now to receive a limited edition copy signed by both Louis and Rachel.

    By The Police Roll of Honour Trust
    With a Foreword by Cressida Dick, CBE, QPM, Commissioner of the Metropolis.
    The Police Roll of Honour Trust is the only official source of the United Kingdom’s Police Roll of Honour. The Roll contains both historical and contemporaneous records of more that 4,300 police officers around the country who have lost their lives both on and in the line of duty, from the murder on 28th January 1547 of Constable Richard Clynton, the earliest recorded death, to the passing of PC Kevin Flint on 15th January 2019.

    Founded in March 2000 and now incorporated by Royal Charter, the Trust maintains a database which can be accessed online, and supports ongoing research to ensure accuracy and relevance. It assists in the provision of, and maintenance of memorials including statues, memorial gardens, books of remembrance, plaques and other appropriate memorials be they national, local, group or individual.

    UK Police Roll of Remembrance is the first time the information held on the National Police Roll of Honour has been published in book form. Displayed in chronological order, with indexes by both Police Force and surname of the fallen, the book includes selected milestones in policing history, setting the deaths in a historical context, and expanded profiles of more than 50 officers.

    Royalties will be used to continue the Police Roll of Honour Trust's important work.

    Pre-order to receive a copy bearing the printed signature of the Met's Commissioner Cressida Dick - not included in the subsequent general sale version.

    By Peter Kennison and Alan Cook
    The starting point for many scholars studying the art and science of crime investigation wrongly begins with the creation of Robert Peel’s New Police in 1829, yet basic policing and investigative elements had been tried and tested at least 80 years before that. In mid-Georgian times, the playwright and magistrate Henry Fielding realised the ineffectiveness of the Parish Police Parochial Watch system that press-ganged traders and merchants into doing their civil duty as Constables. Each Parish Watch operated independently within its own boundary, but since crime fails to respect boundaries many perpetrators escaped. Crimes committed often went unreported for want of a real central police organisation.

    An innovative plan was needed, and through Fielding’s determination the Bow Street Public Office became the “Centre Office” for victims reporting their crimes in and around London. This was the first police station and court building; a hub for crime administration, accommodation for police officers, a place to detain prisoners. Fielding established the Criminal Records system of searchable registers at the Centre Office. Gathering intelligence on crime and criminals not only provided for the first time an understanding of criminality, but also allowed offenders to be caught after the crime had been committed. Fielding also formed the Foot Patroles, an organised and regulated body of men, to combat riots, gangs and street disorder, thus establishing an early police sub-culture.

    This detailed narrative seeks to go behind the scenes of Bow Street to a secret world denied to the majority. The professional and private lives of the Justices and Officers - often called the ‘Runners’ - are examined here for the first time, revealing their secrets, their experiences and their brave exploits which established them as honest thief-takers, constables and the first early detectives.

    Last chance to pre-order a limited edition numbered copy signed by both authors - click here.

    Join us at the launch of Policing From Bow Street on the evening of Thursday 28 March 2019, at The Bow Street Tavern (37 Bow Street, London WC2E 7AU), commencing from 6.00pm. At the time of the Bow Street Runners, the pub was called The Brown Bear and was the place where the Runners held prisoners in the basement dungeon. Are you brave enough to enter the cell?! Authors Peter Kennison and Alan Cook will be showing artefacts from carried by the Bow Street men, and the descendants of two Runners will be joining us on the evening. We hope to see you there!

    By Lois Willoughby-Easter

    The role of female officers serving with the Metropolitan Police changed forever in 1973 with the so-called integration with their male counterparts; the WPC became a PC, equal in every way except gender. The move was not universally welcomed, however, and not just by male officers.
    This book tells the story of Lois Willoughby-Easter’s almost six years as a Girl in Blue - a young female police officer serving with the Met in the years immediately before integration. It is a story probably typical of many WPCs who served in the late Sixties and early Seventies, facing what would be seen today as sexism and bullying, and eventually earning the respect of their male peers, albeit sometimes begrudgingly.

    With 2019 being the centenary year of women first taking to the streets as Metropolitan Police constables, A Girl In Blue is a timely look at the life of a Woman Police Constable at an important time in policing history.

    Available now in softcover and Kindle formats.

    We are delighted to be publishing the memoirs of drumming legend Clem Cattini, whose career spans over 60 years from the 1950s' early British rock scene at venues such as the 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho, then starting the 1960s playing with Johnny Kidd and The Pirates and arguably Britain’s greatest rock and roll record, Shakin’ All Over, and playing as Maverick record producer Joe Meek's 'house band', The Tornados, whose worldwide hit Telstar was the first British record to reach the number one spot in the American Billboard charts in 1963. (In the 2008 film of the same name, Clem was played by James Corden.)

    Tours backing Billy Fury followed, before Clem decided to call a halt to the incessant touring in 1965. When an opportunity arose to play studio sessions, meaning he could still enjoy playing music without the hassles of being constantly out on the road, Clem jumped at the chance. Meeting up and drinking coffee in cafes in Denmark Street with the likes of guitarists Big Jim Sullivan and Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and drummers Bobby Graham and Tony Meehan, they were hired to put down the tracks for hundreds of hit records during those crazy days of the 60s and the 70s.

    Clem's career included a decade as a member of The Top of the Pops Orchestra. He was approached for tours by numerous stars, as well as being headhunted for the band that would become Led Zeppelin, and also for Paul McCartney’s Wings, both of whom he decided to politely turn down.

    During his session days Clem played on recordings for artists as diverse as Cliff Richard, Ike and Tina Turner, Lou Reed, Lulu, Tom Jones, T. Rex and The Who, in the process racking up a mighty 42 No. 1 UK hit singles.

    Set against the backdrop of cultural and social development of post-war Britain, Through The Eye Of A Tornado is an affectionate look back over an unparalleled career, with Clem and friends recalling the early days of the British rock and roll scene around Soho, the life of a session musician, and revealing the stories behind the some of the best-known music made in the UK over the past 60 years.

    Through The Eye Of A Tornado will be published under a new imprint, the name of which we're still contemplating. If you have a suitable suggestion, please let us know!

    Pre-order now to receive a copy bearing a limited edition printed bookplate.
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