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February 2014

(27) America – Another rise on the Amazon.com Best Sellers Rank for the Marilyn hardback, up to #5 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section.

(26) South London – another trip into the Capital to catch-up with some old friends.

(24) America – Another rise for Marilyn, up to #6 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon.com; while, in the Macmillan.com listings, it could found at the #27 position. (“Not bad for a book, which first appeared back in September 2010, aye?”)

- Leafy Berkshire - Another frantic day of KISS and Beatles-related activities.

- The latest edition of Record Collector, featuring Keith’s article on the one-off, 1974 LWT music program, What The Butler Saw, dropped through the letter-boxes of subscribers across the country.

(22) America – Amazon.com Best Sellers Rank: #8 in “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn”.

(21) London – Another highly-productive KISS meeting, in a building one owned by the London Porn baron, the late, great, Paul Raymond.

(18 / 19) Leafy Berkshire – Further in-depth, KISS and Beatles research.

(17) Leafy Berkshire – Work on the KISS-movie and the (highly-exciting new Beatles project) resumed this morning. (“Never stops here, ya know.”)

(15) Leafy Berkshire – A return appearance to the fine diner of John Barratt, with a night full of fine top food, fine wine and delightful conversation. (“Many thanks, mate! Enjoyed it immensely.”)

(14) Amazon UK - A big hello to the Amazon.com reviewer, Rose Kinnison who kindly posted this lovely review of Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years on the website today. “…very good book very detail about her life… it was hard to put down at times… everything was great about this book… good author.”  Thank you, Rose. I appreciate it.

(13) Leafy Berkshire – Record Collector came calling again. Keith’s latest piece for Rockin’ The Box today focused on Joe Brown’s 1969 LWT series, Set ‘Em Up, Joe!

(10, 11 & 14) Leafy Berkshire – Work on the official KISS-movie resumed this morning.

(9) Leafy Berkshire – A climb of 4 places to no.23 for Marilyn in the Macmillan.com “Paperback Bestsellers” chart.

- By digital phone lines, Keith discussed the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in America on two local BBC Radio stations this morning.

(8) USA – Hey, hey, well I never; the hardback edition of Marilyn climbed to #8 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of Amazon.com.

(7) Central London – Keith attended another (most constructive) KISS production meeting. This was followed by a catch-up with one of the world’s leading comedy historians; Robert Ross, aka Lord Robert of Ross-shire. (“Great seeing you again, mate. It’s been too long!”) Several (many, many) beers were had by all… “Far too many, in all honesty. Phew!”

(6) USA – A nice leap up to the #12 position for the hardback Marilyn in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.
-  Leafy Berkshire – Further in-depth work on the forthcoming KISS movie…

(3 & 4) Leafy Berkshire – Two days of further, highly extensive, archive work on the new, official KISS movie, entitled, You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best…- Meanwhile, also on the 4th, Keith received another, mighty impressive job offer; one he just could not turn down. More news soon!

January 2014

(27 - 31) Leafy Berkshire – Another day of extensive research on the new, officially endorsed KISS-movie! Work on which continued for the remainder of the month.

- USA – Another Top 20 position! A rise of two positions for Marilyn, who was to be found at the no.19 position in the Macmillan “Bestselling Paperback” charts.

(25) Leafy Berkshire…to the World – Official announcement, via webmistress, Anne Marie and his website, of Keith’s involvement, as Chief Archive researcher on the Officially endorsed, new KISS Movie, You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best. For the UK-side of things, he will be working with the (Monty Python, Status Quo etc.) director, Alan G. Parker, producer, Alexa Morris and (Dr. Who) editor, Ceres Doyle. It is Keith's second big assignment of the year… the other being a major one concerning The Fab Four!

(24) Central London, Editing Studio – meeting for an exciting new movie! All will be revealed tomorrow!  

(23) USA – On the Amazon Best Sellers Rank, Keith’s paperback Marilyn was seen at #9 in the “Books > Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section of the site.

(22) South London – Another catch-up over a few glasses of wine with Keith’s dear, long-time mate, colleague, confidante, Tel.

(20 & 21) Leafy Berkshire – Work on this rather exciting “movie” project gets underway properly over these two days, which meant an abundance of emails and phone calls. Not to mention the highly exciting, unrelated Beatles project which is concurrently going on at the same time. (“All go here!” thankfully.)

(19) USA – Marilyn was still at the no.21 position in the Macmillan “Bestselling Paperback” charts.

(15 - 17) Leafy Berkshire – head was down for some serious, Beatles-related typing. It carried on for three straight days, until Friday, January 17.

(14) Central London – meet-up with film producer, Alexa Morris. A most interesting discussion about an exciting new project was the topic of the day. More news soon! A further meet-up was pencilled-in for Friday of the following week. Also, a big hello to the X-Factor television presenter, Dermot O’Leary, who Keith encountered prior to his meeting.

(13) USA - Another leap up the listings. Marilyn climbed to the no.21 position, up from no.25 position, in the Macmillan “Bestselling Paperback” charts.

- Work concluded on his latest RC article.

- Keith was also saddened to learn about the most untimely death of the editor, Andy Mathews, whom he worked with on The Beatles’ Anthology series. “He was a pleasure to operate with,” Keith recalled, “and most eager to answer my questions and share his experiences of the series with me.”

(10) Canada – Well, it had to happen. The paperback version of Keith’s Marilyn finally fell out of the Amazon Canada Hot, “best-selling new and future releases” in biographies listings; and thus marked the end of an uninterrupted 29-week run in the Top 5, 10 or 20 charts on the site.

- Leafy Berkshire – Work began on Keith’s latest Record Collector Rockin’ piece; the one-off LWT/ITV show, What The Butler Saw, from 1974.

(7 – 9) Leafy Berkshire – Three more days of serious, heavy-duty typing on his new Beatles adventure.

(6) Leafy Berkshire – The first serious workday of 2014. Keith spent the hours carrying out further research on his forthcoming, rather interesting Beatles project. More news soon!

(5) USA – Oh yes! Another big race up the listings when Marilyn leaped to the no.25 position in the Macmillan “Bestselling Paperback” charts, climbing sharply from the previous week’s no.86 position.

(3) UK – Many thanks to “Sleepless in Stonehenge (England)” for his/her 4 out of 5 stars review of Marilyn on Amazon.co.uk.  “Very good,” they wrote. “This is the first biography I’ve read about Monroe… Seems very thoroughly researched and in no part surprising.” A very Happy 2014 to you, Sleepless in Stonehenge!

(4) Canada – Marilyn stood at  the #3 position in the Amazon Hot New, “best-selling new and future releases” in biographies section on Amazon Canada, and thus marked an uninterrupted 28-week run in the Top 5, 10 or 20 charts on the site.

(1) Leafy Berkshire – A very Happy & Prosperous New Year to you all!

December 2013

(31) Leafy Berkshire/ The World – Well, the end of another year. 2013 has been so successful and spectacular in so many ways. And a Christmas No.1 to wrap-up the year too. Fingers crossed 2014 will be even better. See you then.

(28) Canada – Paperback Marilyn stood at the #2 position in the Hot New, “best-selling new and future releases” in biographies section on Amazon Canada; beaten to the Top Spot by Last of the Summer Wine by Alan Bell (“damn cheek,” I hear you cry). But anyway, Keith’s runners-up position meant that the paperback edition had been in either the Top 10 or 20 Charts for an uninterrupted, record-breaking, ground-breaking 27-week run! (It first troubled that listing on June 17 this year.)

(26) Italy – Boxing Day saw Marilyn at n.11 in the “eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” Kindle Store and n.30 in the “Libri > Arte, musica e cinema > Cinema e television” sections on Amazon Italy.

(25) Canada – Yes indeed. Keith achieved his first-ever Christmas No 1! And unsurprisingly, it was on Amazon Canada where the paperback Marilyn stayed at the Top Spot in the “Hot, best-selling new and future releases” section on the site. While on the same domain, on the very same day, the publication was to be found at #9 in the “Books > Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” area.  Overjoyed to say the least! Happy Christmas everyone!

- Keith spent the great day, relaxing, chilling, and volunteering with his family at Oxford House, Berkshire. A most enjoyable day was had by all. (“Thanks to everyone for making the – potentially distressing - day so truly, truly special.”)

(21) Canada – Incredible! Just 9 days after its release, the paperback version of Marilyn raced back to the #1 position in the Hot New, “best-selling new and future releases” in biographies section on Amazon Canada. The good news didn’t end there! It also reached #1 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn”, the #13 spot in the “Books > Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” and the #15 position in the “Amazon Bestsellers” sections of the site. Will there be a Christmas No.1 we wonder?

- While in the Macmillan “Bestselling Paperback” charts, Marilyn climbed sharply from 272 to the no.86 position.
- Leafy Berkshire – Keith’s 2013 Christmas Tour continued with a return visit to John Barratt’s utterly fine bistro, for another round of fine conversation and top, top food, this time…sweet & sour Chicken. (“Thanks, John! You’re a top chef… and star!”)

(20) Italy –In Italy, in the Amazon.it Kindle Store, Keith’s Marilyn was to be found at n.11 in the “Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” listings on the site.

(19) Leafy Berkshire – Keith’s 2013 Christmas Tour got underway.

(18) Leafy Berkshire – Via email, Keith was informed by Sarah Robertson of the Canadian Gage Group that the latest edition of ‘Contemporary Authors’ (edition 344) was due within the next three months. And why is that issue so important? Well, because it contains Keith’s entry!

(16) USA / Canada – Marilyn got off to a good start in the Macmillan Best-Selling paperback charts, even outstripping Python, Michael Palin’s Hemmingway’s Chair and Jackie As Editor, a book on the literary life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. (As Frank Sinatra once said to me, “Never name drop.”)

(13) Leafy Berkshire – Keith penned his latest Rockin’ The Box, a tribute to the late, great Lou Reed who passed away in October. It was his final Record Collector article of the year.  Here’s to 2014!!

(12) Italy – A nice leap up to the n.9 position for Marilyn in the “Kindle Store > eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section on Amazon Italy.

(11) South London – Another visit to the Big City…for a Christmas catch-up (and working lunch) with Keith’s old chum, Tel.

(10) USA / Canada / Berkshire – Well, it’s finally here! The softback version of Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years was finally released. And on that day, it could be found in the #4 position in the Hot New, “best-selling new and future releases” in biographies section on Amazon Canada, and thus marked an uninterrupted 25-week straight run in either the Top 5, 10, 15 or 20 charts on the site. While on Amazon Italy, Marilyn could be found at n.47 in the Kindle Store “eBook Kindle > Arte, cinema e fotografia > Cinema e television” section of the site.

- UK / Europe – On the same day, the superb 2013 movie, Good Ol’ Freda, on which Keith was archive consultant, received its UK TV premiere at 9pm on More4. (Quite a day indeed!)

(9) Leafy Berkshire – With just one day to go before its big US / Canadian release, Keith’s consignment of paperback copies of Marilyn arrived in the UK.

(8) Leafy Berkshire – Even more typing on the new, forthcoming, particularly exciting new Fab Four project.

(6) Leafy Berkshire – Keith’s 2013, annual Birthday Tour got underway.

(2) Leafy Berkshire – Further batch of typing on the new, forthcoming, rather exciting new Beatles project, which Keith has just been commissioned for.

(1) Canada – With just a week before its release, the upcoming Marilyn paperback was still to be found at #3 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada, which meant that it had been placed in that listing now for 24-straight weeks.