Diary: PR types prove they’re not on the shelf, by getting on the book shelves

Although PR people are frequently frustrated in their attempts to get their golden words into print, two leading industry figures have recently achieved fulfilment by publishing novels.

Although PR people are frequently frustrated in their attempts to get

their golden words into print, two leading industry figures have recently

achieved fulfilment by publishing novels.



One comes from that seasoned writer of international thrillers, Biss

Lancaster chairman Graham Lancaster. Another from new talent Alison Love,

better known as PR and press manager for the National Children’s

Bureau.



The two novels, Lancaster’s Payback, and Love’s Mallingford could not be

more different. Payback is a hard-hitting thriller partly set in a

management consultancy called WMC (no relation to David Wynne-Morgan’s

firm of the same name). Mallingford on the other hand is a pastoral

romance set in a Sussex mansion during the 1920s.



While Love is described in the blurb as ’fresh as a spring garden’,

Lancaster possesses an ’Ian Fleming-ish exuberance of imagination’.



On closer reading, Payback also reveals some fine insights into

client/consultant relationships. One particularly nasty client constantly

bullies poor old consultant Tom Bates. The book portrays him exploding

’ferociously, wounding and bullying indiscriminately one minute, and

carried on the next as if nothing happened’.



Where, I wonder, could Lancaster possibly have found the inspiration for

this relationship?



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