Beezy Marsh is an award-winning journalist, who has spent more than 20 years making the headlines in newspapers including The Daily Mail and The Sunday Times.
This was never going to be enough for a girl from Hartlepool, whose primary school teacher told her to give up her dream of becoming a poet and concentrate on being a nurse instead.
She has always been fascinated by heroes and villains and writes romantic fiction, as well as biography.
Beezy was the last journalist to interview the gangster Mad Frankie Fraser before his death in 2014 and was both disturbed and intrigued by this complex character, who despite his terrifying reputation, was charming to the end.
MAD FRANK AND SONS, written with the co-operation of Frank’s bank robber sons, exposes the full history of one of Britain’s major crime clans and is due to be published by PanMacmillan in Spring 2016.
Beezy is married, with two young sons, and lives in Oxfordshire with a never-ending pile of laundry.
Her first novel, MR MAKE BELIEVE, charts one downtrodden mother’s attempts to find the key to lasting romance, with the help of daydreams about a hunky actor and an internet blog about her life, which catapults her to stardom and into his arms. Will living the dream provide the answers she seeks or is true love just make believe?
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Eva, Peggy and Kathleen were sisters born into a close-knit working-class family, living in a tiny terraced house in a street so rough the police would only walk down it in pairs. As they grew up between the wars, they dreamed of escaping their violent father and the crime-ridden slums of Waterloo. Peggy was a studious girl so appalled by conditions in the factories that she became a Communist. Beautiful Kathleen married an abusive man and later – during the Second World War – fell in love with a GI. Feisty Eva was a pickpocket as a child so she could help their mother put food on the table – and never lost her rebellious streak, or her desire to protect her family by whatever means necessary.
As the years passed the sisters all lived close together, sharing each other’s lives, supporting each other through hard times. Keeping My Sister’s Secrets is a rich, moving story of three sisters fighting to survive through decades of social upheaval, their love for each other the one constant in a changing world.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 27 July 2017
MAD FRANK AND SONS: TOUGHER THAN THE KRAYS, FRANK, AND HIS BOYS ON GANGLAND, CRIME AND DOING TIME – Buy it here.
Drawing on exclusive final interviews with Frank, and with unprecedented access to his closest relatives, Mad Frank and Sons follows his rise from a small kid stealing to put food on the table to a feared and respected West End crime lord and head of a legendary gangland family. It includes the story of Frank’s beloved sister, Eva, who was a top-class West End shoplifter, and his sons David and Patrick, who reveal in shocking detail the full extent of the family’s network and the influences that shaped them.
With sawn-off shotguns as toys, the Kray twins as family friends and a mother who urged them as teenagers to ‘get out of bed and rob a bleedin’ bank’, it is little wonder that the Fraser boys were heavily involved in organized crime by the time they were in their twenties. Packed with new information, and featuring some of the most famous names in the London underworld, this is a fascinating slice of gangland history seen through the eyes of Frank Fraser and his two renegade sons.
PUBLISHER: Sidgwick & Jackson; Main Market Ed. edition
PUBLICATION DATE: 2nd June 2016