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Monday 14 November 2016

A Ticket To The Carnival: South Coast Author Opens Curtains On A Life In The Limelight

In short, Barrie Stacey isn't like most 90-year-olds. A natural extrovert who oozes with life and exuberance, it"s no surprise to hear that Stacey has had a glittering career in UK show business.

For the first time, the man whose own erotic novel A Ticket to Passion was dubbed "better than Fifty Shades" steps back into centre-stage to tell the story of his career in full. 

A Ticket to the Carnival is a fascinating insight into UK theatre, Stacey's life in the centre of the action, while serving up some coveted advice for those considering their own career in the UK"s most tumultuous yet rewarding industry.

The author was born and raised on the south coast and, after a stint of National Service, left for London to follow his calling - entertainment in all its many guises. 

Reputations - Frankie Howerd

Barrie Stacey is a well known figure on the London entertainment scene and has worked in various aspects of the entertainment business for decades, proving that style never goes out of fashion. 

Describing himself as being 'older than God' his working life has included many of the greats, such as Jessie Matthews, Russell Grant, Quentin Crisp, Frankie Howerd, and Diana Dors, all of whom feature in the book. 

A zany and funny memoir which reveals British Theatre inside out, told with Barrie Stacey's inimitable style and charm. 

The Unforgettable Diana Dors

"I simply could not have lived a life where I"d put a suit on each day, trundle into a city and up the steps of an office block, and knock off at 5pm" explains Barrie, whose erotic novel caused quite a stir among the UK media. 

"I opted for a life of no schedule, no guaranteed pay yet every opportunity to entertain others and find success in the most unlikely of places. 

"I now share the entire journey, warts and all!"

Barrie added: "But my story is about so much more than me. The book offers a unique grassroots look at UK theatre in the 20th and 21st centuries, the big names that dominated showbiz"s golden era, and some of the less successful characters who still made a bold mark. 

"There's also plenty of wisdom for those looking to launch their own entertainment career; I call them the "brave" ones!"
 
'A Ticket to the Carnival', from Austin & Macauley Publishers Ltd, is available now: http://amzn.to/2es3SZl.

by: Mike Cobley




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