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 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?
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 was published by PanMacmillan in Spring 2016. Beezy’s next venture into non-fiction came the form of KEEPING MY SISTER’S SECRETS; 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. This book is due for release in spring 2017.
A vivid, heartwarming story of survival
Annie’s childhood ends at the age of twelve, when she joins her mother in one of the slum laundries of Acton, working long hours for little pay. What spare time she has is spent looking after her younger brother George and her two stepsisters, under the glowering eye of her stepfather Bill. In London between the wars, a girl like Annie has few choices in life – but a powerful secret will change her destiny.
All Annie knows about her real father is that he died in the Great War and as the years pass she is haunted by the pain of losing him. Her downtrodden mother won’t tell her more and Annie’s attempts to uncover the truth threaten to destroy her family. Distraught, she runs away to Covent Garden, but can she survive on her own and find the love which has eluded her so far?
From the grimy streets of Acton and Notting Hill to the bright lights of the West End, All My Mother’s Secrets is a powerful, uplifting story of a young woman’s struggle to come to terms with her family’s tragic past.
Mr Make Believe is a laugh out loud romantic comedy that will have you glued to your sofa. Journalist turned author, Beezy Marsh, is perfect for fans of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones, Tracy Bloom and The Bad Mother’s Diary. The battle through love, life and laundry should never be a one woman struggle.
Marnie Martin’s formerly perfect life is not quite going to plan.
Hard-hitting newspaper journalist turned stay at home mum slash part-time (terrible) cookery columnist slash full-time day dreamer, she’s not entirely sure when it all went wrong…
She suspects it was at exactly the moment she gave up writing the front page for the apparent bliss of perfect motherhood. But while her (tall, handsome, lawyer) husband Matt’s career is taking off, she is left behind with the impossible task of pairing socks. His late nights at the office are turning into late nights who knows where else. They haven’t had a proper conversation in weeks, sex in months, and a full night’s sleep in what must be years. Love has taken a back seat to the laundry pile and Marnie is feeling a little lost.
So when an extended fantasy about movie star Maddox Wolfe leads to a missed deadline, a very high profile case of food poisoning, the loss of her job and potentially her husband… Marnie becomes Mrs Make Believe: Anonymous blogger, secret spiller and voice of fantasy-life spinning imperfect mums everywhere.
Mrs Make Believe knows the bedtime battles, the marriage screw ups and the shrinking clothing (she remains a size 10, what are her clothes playing at?) only too well. She also knows that it’s ok to let your mind wander into make believe… What she didn’t know was that a movie star crush could walk off the screen and into her life, turning her already muddled world (with a husband with one foot out the door) totally on its head.
Will Marnie be sucked back into the world of uncomfortable cocktail dresses and Botox-frozen smiles? Will she find happiness in her infuriatingly imperfect marriage or in the arms of the (literal) man of her dreams? Or will Marnie find that true love is just make believe?
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 thief 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 Sisters’ 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