Thanks to Jason Brummell for putting me onto Buttoned Down – My Life With Ben And Beyond by Daphne Sherman and Terry Rawlings, which will be available though Substitute Publishing and will definitely be of interest to a mod audience.
Published in August and available to pre-order now, the book is the true story of Daphne Sherman, widow of Ben Sherman. Yes, that Ben Sherman – the man behind the worldwide famous shirt brand that bears his name.
According to the pre-publicity, the book is played out against a backdrop of the ‘Swinging Sixties’, and the ‘Hung Over Seventies’.
‘…it takes us through the myriad twists and turns of two lives that, although once united, ultimately end up divided and at war. Told with raw honesty and dry humour and featuring a cast of unforgettable characters, this tale is full of dodgy dealings, duckers, divers and scams, pop stars, rock stars, court cases and even murder!
This is the story of one man’s creative genius and his inevitable rise to fame; his equally dramatic fall from grace and descent into madness, and one woman’s determination to escape his clutches. ‘Buttoned Down’ is not a book you should judge by it’s cover.’
Sounds like a potential winner to us, especially with Terry Rawlings overseeing proceedings. The book is available from 21st August, but as we said, you can order a copy now. It retails for £12.99.