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Lucky Lancaster

Peter Beale

Lucky Lancaster charts the nail biting seafaring adventures of James "Lucky" Lancaster as he grows from a stumbling midshipman into a battle scarred naval hero. Temporary peace with Napoleon suspends James' naval career. He returns to the family estate, discovering that his father, Lord Lancaster has died, and his half-brother has stolen his inheritance.

Now penniless, he is blocked from seeing his sweetheart, the dynamic Lady Edith, by her over-protective parents.

James endeavours to escape the poor house by starting a risky smuggling venture. Can he escape the Excise men, retrieve his inheritance and avoid the legal traps set by his half-brother to dishonour him. Will the unconventional Edith delay her arranged marriage? Has James' luck finally run out?

Anastasia Man

Pamela Godfrey

Peter Beale's cinematically charged, first novel, is surely influenced by his illustrious film career - working on the likes of Dr Zhivago and Star Wars. Consequently, Lucky Lancaster is an action-packed historical epic, mixing espionage, romance and social intrigue.

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Peter Beale started as a film industry office boy, and worked his way up to be company executive, producer and director. The films he contributed to include: Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, Touch of Class, Star Wars, Alien, The Empire Strikes Back, The Omen, Julia, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Elephant Man, Five Days One Summer, When 8 Bells, Tam-Lin, The Aryan Couple. Peter worked with some of the greatest directors including David Lean, George Lucas, Irvin Kirshner, Dick Donner, Ridley Scott, Fred Zinnemann, George Cukor, Charles Creighton, Ronnie Neame, Roman Polanski. Later he headed Showscan with special effects legend Douglas Trumbull, and Illusion, both high tech companies and pioneers in interactive and virtual reality entertainment. His interests include the environment, transpersonal psychology; alternative healing, sailing and family. He, and his wife, Francesca, have two children and two grandchildren and now live in Spain where he has just finished an environmental short film, lectures and writes. Lucky Lancaster is his first novel.