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John Righten

John has delivered medical aid to orphanages and hospitals across the globe, including Romania during the revolution, South America and Bosnia during the war. His autobiography, The Benevolence of Rogues, tells of the characters he encountered during his many dangerous missions, when he enlisted unlikely support from those he calls 'benevolent rogues'. These men and women used their wit and guile to deliver medical aid and help save lives. Thirty years later, he decided to weave these extraordinary stories into his thrilling novel, "Heartbreak".

One from the collection of "The Benevolence of Rogues" mugs, with all profits going to the NSPCC.

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Sadly, it was only after his death that this hilarious and brilliant book found an audience.

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Poster for Brighton Fringe Benevolence Rogues show

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If Sherlock Holmes had found God, rather than Baker Street. Brilliant, complex and yet playful.

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A brilliant account of how the revolution devoured it's own children.

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A tempestuous love story in the midst of a failed revolution. It's impact was immediate when I read this in Berlin, just before the wall started to crumble.

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No finer example of surrealist humour, with a paper-cutting political edge too.

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An extraordinary man, who's pain is etched on every page. Sadly, the strength and will that helped Levi survive the holocaust, could not last the peace.

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A flawed hero, but it showed that compassion existed even when evil prevailed.

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July 1990. Two years after the tragic events in Romania, Lenka Brett is asked to help deliver aid to those trapped in war torn Bosnia.

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A young volunteers to deliver medical aid to orphanages in Romania, and discovers that her lover holds the darkest of secrets.

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December 1965. The Finale of The Alpha Wolves trilogy finds Lochran Ryan and Kirsten Brent hunted by Delafury, "a one-man execution squad".

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January 1965. Lochran Ryan has discovered that the attempted assassination of Sir Winston Churchill, a man who the world knows is dying, is part of a global plan to impose a new world order.

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New Year's Eve 1964. A young Irishman must discover who, and why, would want to kill a man that the world knows is dying.

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November 1938.

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April 1938. Ryan is physically broken, but while Western democracies appease the Nazis he is determined to help Jewish families escape their tyranny.

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December 1937. Winston Churchill asks a former adversary, Sean Ryan, for his help to save a woman and her son. Ryan agrees, on his terms.

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John was interviewed by the editor of IndieReader (US) about his latest novel "Heartbreak".

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The film is brilliant, the novel is even better. That's how good it is.

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A desperate love story, painted on a darkening canvas.

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An outrageous story based on my life, the insurmountable mistakes I made, and the roguish characters I encountered.

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A short comedy play, based on an acerbic interview between The Author and The Critic, that offers guidance on writing, publishing and dealing with criticism.

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Hilarious and honest as you would expect, and worth it alone for the final paragraph.

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The poster to advertise John Righten's Rogues talks in Berlin, London, Melbourne and Paris.

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Heartbreak by John Righten

Heartbreak. 1990. Lenka Brett, a smart but unworldly young Irish teacher, volunteers to deliver medical aid when the world learns of the horrifying plight of children in Romanian orphanages.

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