DIARY: PR man caught up in international intrigue of the gravest variety

Grave Song, the latest novel by PR scribbler Graham Lancaster - chairman of Biss Lancaster - appears to be something of an exercise in wish- fulfilment.

Grave Song, the latest novel by PR scribbler Graham Lancaster - chairman

of Biss Lancaster - appears to be something of an exercise in wish-

fulfilment.



I could not help noting a striking similarity between the Biss

Lancaster chairman and his hero John Blake, ‘international director of

Globecom - the third largest PR group in the world’.



Just for the record, Euro RSCG International Communications - whose

international chairman is one G. Lancaster - claims to be the fifth

largest group in the world. Unlike in real life however, Blake has been

hired to handle ‘personal PR’ for Sool Kay-Sheen, the crooked

multimillionaire and chairman of ‘SGT Industries’. Lancaster paints a

glamorous picture of life in the PR fast lane; describing a world of

stretch limousines, top level meetings and giant contracts. ‘At the end

of lunch they shook hands on the contract. Fees for the initial three

months of dollars 50,000 a month, with an initial budget not to exceed

dollars 1.5 million...’



As in real life, behind every corner lurks a 27-year-old blonde woman

with ‘long athletic legs, and all over tan and firm breasts.’ After

dealing with the limousines, women and big bucks Blake finds himself

embroiled in a ‘major international conspiracy involving computer fraud,

high finance and mass murder’.



‘I’m a middle-aged public relations man so inevitably I’m drawing on my

own knowledge of that world,’ says Lancaster. But, he adds: ‘The book is

certainly not just a vehicle for my alter ego.’



Edited by Steve Bevan



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