Carol Ann Lee and Peter Howse

The Pottery Cottage Murders

The terrifying true story of an escaped prisoner and the family he held hostage

Robinson (March 2020)

Lee Howse The Pottery Cottage MurdersFor three days Billy Hughes played psychological games with Gill Moran and her family, while secretly murdering them one by one. Blizzards hampered the police manhunt, but they learned where the dangerous criminal was hiding and closed in on the cottage. A desperate car chase ensued, ending with a shoot-out and the killer’s death. There was just one survivor.

The plot for a great crime novel? No, it all actually happened in January 1977.

The Pottery Cottage Murders is a gripping, fast-paced account of a criminal case that reads like fiction but is terrifyingly true. What took place at a family home on the Derbyshire moors in 1977 made the name Pottery Cottage synonymous with horror: an address briefly as infamous as 112 Ocean Avenue in the US town of Amityville, where a young man had murdered his entire family three years earlier, and the home of married killers Fred and Rosemary West on Cromwell Street in Gloucester.

Afterwards, the determination of sole survivor Gill Moran to prevent any written or dramatic accounts of the case saw ‘Pottery Cottage’ largely vanish from public consciousness, yet those events were important milestones in the history of British crime.  At last, the real story has been told by Carol Ann Lee and her co-author, Peter Howse, the former Chief Inspector, who bravely saved Gill’s life over forty years earlier, as Hughes held her hostage in the final shoot-out on the moors.

James Reed

Life’s Work

12 Proven Ways to Fast-Track Your Career

Piatkus (January 2020)

Reed Life's WorkThere’s never been a better time to create the career you love. This book shows you how.

By the time you retire you’ll have spent a third of your life working. That’s far too long to be stuck in a job you hate or even just tolerate. You want one you find rewarding – in head and heart, as well as wallet – but where to start?

The good news is the future lies in your hands. With the right actions and attitude you can power ahead with a career you enjoy. To grasp this opportunity, you’ll need to challenge your existing thinking and approach the world of work with new eyes, but you won’t be doing it alone. This book will show you 12 proven ways to fast track your career, so when you leap out of bed every Monday morning you’ll be ready to take on the world.

The book is written by James Reed, Chairman of REED, Britain’s best-known recruitment brand and employer of over 3,500 people. Over the past 25 years he has helped millions of people to find jobs, and in doing so has talked with countless job seekers and thousands of recruiters as well as his own business network. This has given him a deep insight into what makes some people successful in building a rewarding career, while others are stuck in the confusion and frustration of not landing the job they want.

Through these multiple observations and conversations, James has learned that there are 12 key ways to build and sustain the career you want:

· Look in the mirror . . . (ask ‘who am I?’, ‘who do I want to be?’ and ‘how am I going to become that person?’)
· Go to parties (embrace the magic of invitations and conversations)
· Play Poohsticks (find the fast-flowing water and locate your career in that)
· Be selfish (do what you enjoy and you’ll perform well at it)
· Kick start some good habits and kick out some bad ones (the things you do every day are the ones that make the difference)
· Pick your targets (make sure you are where you are because of the choices you’ve made)
· Think in days and decades (focus on the immediate present and dare to imagine the unforeseeable future)
· Be powerful, be prepared (planning and preparation are essential for a great career)
· Showcase your work ethic (work hard, learn from your mistakes – and show it)
· Ask for help (this is something too many people find difficult)
· Find a boss you can learn from (the more and faster you learn, the further you’ll travel)
· Change your job and change your life (if you don’t enjoy your job, keep looking until you find one you do)

Today’s job landscape allows you more freedom to carve your own path than ever before. Along with this, however, comes the responsibility of shaping your mind and actions to make your career work for you. This book shows you how.