Magnificent Britain by Michael Murray
It is 1971. Biographer Nigel Lush has been asked to write the official biography of Sir Maurice Brearley, a First World War hero and owner of Budeholme House, situated in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. Sir Maurice was an arms dealer and manufacturer, renowned horticulturalist and founder of the hugely successful Magnificent Britain gardening competition. Nigel's biography is almost finished when shocking revelations from Leonard Stidges, another First World War veteran, compel Nigel to completely revise his impressions of Sir Maurice with devastating consequences.
Spanning the twentieth century, Magnificent Britain is a novel in three parts which examines the complex relationships between Sir Maurice and Lady Brearley, Leonard Stidges, his son Arnie and the writer Nigel Lush. The novel explores the nature of biography and its relationship to fiction and the truth; the consequences of pursuing a secret life; and changing attitudes towards sexuality.
About The Author...
I was born in London, UK. I worked in a variety of jobs before auditioning for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. I graduated with a Diploma in Acting and over the years have acted on stage and film and have had a successful career in corporate voice-overs. I am a qualified teacher and have an M.A. in Education from the University of Kingston upon Hull.
I started to write whilst at primary school and was encouraged by my teacher Mr E.R. Braithwaite author of "To Sir with Love". On leaving school I wrote articles for magazines and journals and in the late 1960's I trained to be a journalist in Fleet Street. I have written several stage plays, some of which have been performed in small scale venues.
I have been writing "Magnificent Britain" since the late 1990s when I became interested in the educational benefits of Art Therapy and began blocking out a novel about a group of art therapists and their clients. This early draft metamorphosed into a completely different novel set in an English village that was participating in the Magnificent Britain gardening competition and focussed on the conflicts that arose between the villagers and the art therapists. Over time I became more and more fascinated with the back story to the inauguration of the Magnificent Britain competition and particularly with the characters of Sir Maurice Brearley and his biographer Nigel Lush.
By 2010 the novel had reached 1200 pages and I realised that it could not contain all these story lines. I divided the novel and focussed on the character of Nigel Lush and the consequences of him unearthing Sir Maurice's secrets. "Magnificent Britain" was published in February 2012 and I am now working on the other half of the original novel which I am hoping to publish later in the year.
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