New book

edited November 2011 in Merchandise Posts: 2
I am a freelance film journalist and writer, based in the UK. I wrote about film for the Guardian for several years, was cinema editor on The Scotsman newspaper and associate editor on Hotdog film magazine (for whom I wrote several pieces on Bond) and I currently write the film obituaries for the London Times and reviews for Radio Times among other things. I have also written half a dozen books on film and won various awards etc etc etc.

I have a new book out this week - The Man in the Seventh Row: The Movie Lover's Novel. And for the first time this is an ebook - I just left it to my agent to fix up the deal and this seems to be the way things are going.

It is about a film fan who watches a series of classic movies and finds himself up on the screen replacing one or other of the main characters and able to affect the action. Dream come true? Or nightmare as he begins to lose his grip on the outside world?

There are quite a few Bond references and a lot of Connery allusions. The hero grows up virtually as a neighbour of Sean Connery.

Barry Norman, elder statesman of British film critics, enthused about it, saying he had never read anything like it before. So did the political and social commentator Andrew Marr and early reviews on amazon are looking good... "Sam Peckinpah’s Brief Encounter was my personal favourite, with Pendreigh taking it where we all know it should have gone, down and dirty on the floor of that borrowed flat. The book is littered with in-jokes and sly winks to the reader."

Details are here It includes a short film, riffing on the start of Woody Allen's Manhattan, but with Manhattan replaced by the little Scottish seaside town of North Berwick.


  • JamesPageJamesPage Administrator, Moderator, Director
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    Sounds great.

    Quick question - did you do the Die Another Day coverage for Hotdog?
  • Yes, I used to write regularly for Hotdog. I did big retro pieces on Dr No and also on The Magnificent Seven, Wicker Man, Man who Would be King.
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