PETER BARTRAM
PETER
BARTRAM
PETER BARTRAM

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THE SWINGING SIXTIES IN BRIGHTON, ENGLAND
Enter the world of...
Colin Crampton, crime correspondent

"This Brighton-based murder mystrery is a delight"
- Peter Lovsey (award winning crime writer) -

"Breezy journalist Colin Crampton is vey engaging"
- Simon Brett (award winning crime writer) -

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Peter Bartram brings years of experience as a journalist to his Crampton of the Chronicle crime series – which features crime reporter Colin Crampton in 1960s Brighton.

Peter has done most things in journalism from door-stepping for quotes to writing serious editorials. He’s interviewed cabinet ministers and crooks – at least the crooks usually answer the questions, he says.

He’s pursued stories in locations as diverse as 700 feet down a coal mine and a courtier’s chambers at Buckingham Palace. (The former is easier to get into but at least you don’t have to wear a hat with a lamp on it in the latter.)

Peter wrote 21 non-fiction books, including five ghost-written, in areas such as biography, current affairs and how-to titles, before turning to crime – and penning Headline Murder, the first novel in the Crampton series. As an appetiser for the main course, there is a selection of Crampton of the Chronicle short stories at www.colincrampton.com. Peter is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association.

Crime mysteries

Peter Bartram brings years of experience as a journalist to his Crampton of the Chronicle crime series – which features crime reporter Colin Crampton in 1960s Brighton. Peter has done most things in journalism from door-stepping for quotes to writing serious editorials. He’s interviewed cabinet ministers and crooks – at least the crooks usually answer the questions, he says.

Non-Fiction

“Mr Bartram’s advice is sensible and practical. For instance, he pours scorn on the mealy-mouthed euphemisms and evasive polysyllables that come out of so many companies… his guidance away from the self-important to the straightforward should be read by everyone who writes anything .” – Daily Telegraph.

Ghostwriting

Peter Bartram describes how to use a ghostwriter to turn your book idea from a dream into reality. It has been said that everybody has a book inside them. Trouble is, for most people, it stays inside. They don’t have the time or, sometimes, the skills to write it down on paper in a form that publishers will want to publish. That’s where ghostwriters come in. Many of the memoirs of famous – and not so famous – people that you read have been drafted by ghostwriters.

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2 weeks ago

Peter Bartram

Could you please help me choose a cover for my new book? The Mother's Day Mystery - the latest Crampton of the Chronicle adventure - is coming out in November. Barney Skinner, the graphic designer behind so many of the covers, has produced a choice of two covers. Both are excellent - but I can't decide which one to use. That's where I could use your help. Please vote for the cover you like best, share this post with your friends, and leave a comment. We'll be choosing at random five people who've voted to receive free kindle copies of the book when it comes out. And thanks for your help. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Peter Bartram

How does an author find an actor to turn his books in audiobooks? I've written a blog post about how I did this for The Morning, Noon & Night Trilogy. You can read it on that excellent book blog Brook Street Books. Just follow the link.

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1 month ago

Peter Bartram

When actors set out to record an audiobook, they have a lot to think about. "Different books have different styles and may have many characters in them," Matt Jamie (pictured), who has just finished recording the books in the Crampton of the Chronicle Morning, Noon & Night trilogy, told me. "I have to think about whether I can capture all the characters and deliver the story and facts in an engaging way. And do I have the right voice for it?"

In fact, we chose Matt because he had exactly the kind of voice which fits the central character in the books - Colin Crampton, crime reporter on the Evening Chronicle in 1960s Brighton. Ensuring the voice fits the character is especially important in the Crampton of the Chronicle series because the books are narrated in the first person by Colin Crampton.

"With Colin I went for a slightly more stylised kind of voice for the narration," explains Matt. "As he's working for a newspaper - and also something of a detective - I played on the idea of his vocal style being a bit 'journalistic' or slightly sensationalised… and sometimes with a hint of a '60s detective film' voice-over about it. It was fun to be able to have a narrative character and not just a sort of 'neutral' narration with character voices throughout."

It's a tough job recording audiobooks. The three books in the trilogy take up nearly eight-and-a-half hours of reading. "One of the main challenges with the Crampton books was keeping up the pace throughout," says Matt. "They really have to rattle along."

If you'd like to listen to the audiobook, follow this link:
www.amazon.co.uk/Morning-Noon-Night-Omnibus-Afternoon/dp/B07GVQ7GXR/
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2 months ago

Peter Bartram

I'm thrilled that the audiobook Box Set of my Crampton of the Chronicle Morning, Noon & Night trilogy is now out. Actor Matt Jamie has done a fantastic job reading the books. I've been stunned by how he's managed to find a different voice for every character in the books - all 68 of them! If you're looking for something cozy and comic to listen to as the night's draw in hurry over to the link below!

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