Mark Butterworth, brief biography
Born in London, but now living in Essex, I worked in the City of London in financial services for 40 years, including as a Lloyd's underwriter. I was a Visiting Lecturer at City University Business School. I have travelled widely, in particular the Far East, Australasia, United States and Europe. I held a Private Pilot's Licence for 15 years, I've flown a two-seater Spitfire and made more than 50 parachute jumps. I enjoy running, country walking, golf and salsa dancing. I have two grown up daughters and a Springer Spaniel called Arthur.
Previous writing credits
The Pearl River is my debut novel. I have had two non-fiction (business) books published, as well as numerous business articles and opinion pieces published in journals and something a touch different sports match reports published in my local newspaper.
The Pearl River is available through my website and Matador, and through bookshops after the official launch date of 28 February 2023.
A review from NetGalley said; This is an absorbing and intelligent novel with engaging and believable characters. The author captures with perfection the atmosphere of the late 1940s when Britain had to reimagine her place in a post-war world. There's plenty of action in the air as the RAF attempt to quell a threatened Chinese invasion.
The plot is clever and compassionate, and the writing has great moments of tenderness but doesn't flinch from the suspicion, tension and brutality of life in Hong Kong on the wrong side of the tracks.
Adam Devon and Hannah Shaw add a love interest and throughout the novel has a glorious nostalgic period feel. Highly recommended.