Sidcup tabloid hack Garry Bushell discusses new book Face Down and Ronnie Kray singing Kylie (From News Shopper)
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Sidcup tabloid hack Garry Bushell discusses new book Face Down and Ronnie Kray singing Kylie
MOTOR-mouthed tabloid hero Garry Bushell has switched off his TV long enough to finish off his trilogy of crime novels.
The famous Sidcup telly reviewer has published Face Down, the third part of his Harry Tyler series, which began with The Face in 2001 and inadvertently got him sacked from The Sun when it was serialised in The Star.
Garry said: “You often wonder how different life would have been if it hadn’t got me in trouble.
“Obviously I would have been a lot richer.
“I think it has probably been for the best. Because I work for myself, I am free to do whatever I fancy.”
The writer, who was born in Charlton, started the novel in 2005 but got distracted by other work including a pair of music biographies.
“I thought I have got to finish this off,” he said.
“I’m glad I did because people kept asking me what happened to Harry and was I going to leave where I left it.”
For someone famed for pithy, out-spoken columns and non-fiction books, Garry said the change was a good challenge.
He said: “With something like this, you’re writing it completely from scratch. It’s all your murky imagination, so it’s a different challenge.
“I finished it off on holiday in Portugal.
“No-one got up until 10am, apart from me. I was up at 5am. Every morning I had five hours clear to finish it and it was great. I think the change of location helped.”
The result is a saucy, fast-paced, pulp fiction thriller, with a dash of humour. One reviewer described it as “Micky Spillane meets Micky Flannagan”.
Garry said: “It’s the way people are.
“I was watching Peeky Blinders on TV, which I enjoyed, but the one thing it was missing was humour. Because people like that tend to be funny.
“The people I have known who have been villains and the people I have known who have been cops have had senses of humour.
“Years ago I got invited by Ronnie Kray to meet him down at Broadmoor, which was scary enough.
“He asked me to go in a couple of times and the second or third time I went in he said ‘next time you come in, can you bring little Kylie Minogue with you’.
“I must be the only person alive who heard ‘I should be so lucky’ sung by Ronnie Kray.
“He had a terrible voice, but I wasn’t going to tell him.”
Face Down by Garry Bushell, published by Caffeine Nights, out in e-book and paperback now.
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