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William Norris

Bio: William (Bill) Norris is a British author who has been there; done that. In the course of a 50-year professional writing career, which began when he joined his local newspaper as a cub reporter, he has managed to squeeze in a huge variety of experience. From Parliamentary Correspondent of The Times of London at the age of 26 (the youngest since Charles Dickens), to covering the war fronts of Africa, to interviewing leading world statesmen as Political Correspondent of ITN, his journalistic range has been considerable. But between assignments he has managed to be a professional rally driver, sail the Atlantic in a small boat, build his own experimental aircraft and fly it across the United States at the age of 60, and establish the first broadcast TV station in Swaziland. It may be his restless nature which has constrained him from writing the same book twice - putting him at a commercial disadvantage with publishers who insist that authors should be type-cast. Thus his first book, One from 700 (Pergammon Press 1966), was a humorous account of Britain's Labour government under Harold Wilson; his second, The Unsafe Sky (W.W.Norton, 1981), was a review of aviation disasters; his third, Willful Misconduct (W.W.Norton, 1984), was a swingeing attack on the American legal system, while The Man Who Fell from the Sky (Viking, 1987) investigated and solved an ancient murder mystery. Publishers clearly disapproved of such a grasshopper mind, and thus his latest three books: SnowBird, A Grave Too Many, and The Badger Game have had to wait for the e-publishing revolution to get a public airing. He hopes that you enjoy reading them as much as he enjoyed the writing. Now settled back in England after 13 years in the U.S., during which he combined freelance journalism with membership of Florida's prestigious Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College, Bill Norris is currently working on....something. He can be reached via e-mail at mandychops@ukonline.co.uk

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1 A Grave Too Many [MultiFormat]
by William Norris
  Which grave is the true resting place of Andrew Weatherby Beachamp-Proctor? How can a body be buried in two places 6,000 miles apart and why is an old man in the village of Upavon so upset by the appearance of the young man from Mafeking? (Published: 2002)

Words: 67388 - Reading Time: 192-269 min.
Category: True Crime
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2 A Talent to Deceive: Who REALLY Killed the Lindbergh Baby? [MultiFormat]
by William Norris
  The kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's infant son, and the subsequent trial and execution of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, have been a source of fascination for more than 70 years. Now, for the first time, William Norris delves into sources of information ignored by previous investigators and comes up with the identity of the true culprit. (Published: 2006)

Words: 102102 - Reading Time: 291-408 min.
Category: True Crime
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3 Snowbird: The Rise and Fall of a Cocaine Smuggler [MultiFormat]
by William Norris
  Andrew Richard Barnes was the man who flew the very first shipment of cocaine for the Medellin Cartel into the United States, and continued the dangerous trade for almost a full decade. He survived crashes and gunfire, treachery and betrayal. He also became the target of a determined assassination attempt by the Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega--and lived to tell the tale... (Published: 2001)

Words: 71723 - Reading Time: 204-286 min.
Category: General Nonfiction
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4 The Badger Game [MultiFormat]
by William Norris
  Hot on the heels of the latest presidential news comes this hilarious account of the Presidential election as it might have been. Best-selling nonfiction writer William Norris turns his hand to comedy with a Mafia boss trying every trick in the book to seize the Presidency of the United States. The story is set--where else?--in Florida. Which just goes to show that authors can sometimes be more prescient than they realize. Can you say kidnap? Dopplegänger? Just who is the Vice President anyway? ... more info>> (Published: 2002)

Words: 72971 - Reading Time: 208-291 min.
Category: Mainstream/Humor

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5 The Gonzago Principle [MultiFormat]
by William Norris
  What is the link between a philandering televangelist and the first man to set foot on Mars? Why should the President-elect of the United States attempt to conceal the identity of the man who kidnapped and murdered his infant son? And what on earth has all this to do with Charles Lindbergh, the Great American Hero? To find all the answers, read The Gonzago Principle. Once again, British author William Norris has produced a fascinating blend of fact and fiction. But what is true, and what is fant... more info>> (Published: 2002)

Words: 81612 - Reading Time: 233-326 min.
Category: Mainstream

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6 The Man Who Fell From the Sky [MultiFormat]
by William Norris
  Captain Alfred Lowenstein, Companion of the Bath, multi-millionaire, aviator and sportsman, friend of kings, maker and loser of fortunes, was going to his grave almost alone at the age of fifty-one. Here is the true story of the gaudy life and bizarre demise of 20's tycoon Alfred Loewenstein--and the modern-day quest to solve the tantalizing mystery of his death. (Published: 2002)

Words: 81622 - Reading Time: 233-326 min.
Category: True Crime
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7 Willful Misconduct [MultiFormat]
by William Norris
  On January 30, 1974, the pilot of a Pan American World Airlines Boeing 707 jet carrying 101 passengers and crew flew his plane into the jungle instead of the airport at Pago Pago, Samoa. Although everyone on board survived the impact, 97 people perished in the ensuing fire. Four survived to tell of it. What caused the crash? What prevented the 97 passengers from escaping the intact fuselage with their lives? Why was the wreck bulldozed and buried before it could be examined? Why was the co-pilot... more info>> (Published: 2002)

Words: 101796 - Reading Time: 290-407 min.
Category: General Nonfiction
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