Ian and Diane Grant’s ‘Fraser Books’ imprint has now appeared on about 150 books, with notable titles including Sonja Davies’ Bread & Roses back in 1984 and Grant’s Redvers’ Tara Arctic: A New Zealander’s Epic Voyage which won the Australasian non-fiction section in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
A Thorn in Their Side is Robert Green’s extraordinary pursuit of the truth about how and why his aunt Hilda Murrell, a noted English rose grower, met a violent and bizarre death. In 1984, at the age of 78, Hilda Murrell was found brutally murdered in the Shropshire countryside. She had just gained approval to testify on the unsolved problems of radioactive waste at the first British planning inquiry into a new nuclear power plant. The police theory that a lone, panicking burglar robbed and abducted Hilda in her own car for petty cash erupted into a sensational political conspiracy involving PM Margaret Thatcher’s plans for British nuclear energy and the controversial sinking of the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano in the 1982 Falklands War. The West Mercia Police, accused of initial negligence, a bungled investigation and ignoring key evidence, took until 2005 to secure the conviction of Andrew George as Hilda’s unlikely murderer – in 1984 he was a 16-year-old truant from a local foster home who could not drive.
Kiwi crime fiction authority Craig Sisterson writes on the subject on his blog.