Tony Rocca

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                                                              BY TONY ROCCA

I was born near Manchester in the north of England, where I grew up and joined a local newspaper at the age of seventeen. I graduated to the Daily Mail  in London where I spent ten years doing many editorial jobs, including a spell as New York correspondent. Then followed a further ten years in London with The Sunday Times as a reporter, feature-writer and foreign correspondent. My fifteen minutes of fame came with the demise of Now!  magazine which suddenly become Then!  (it folded on the very morning I joined). Next came a brief period as features editor of the Mail on Sunday  and several years freelancing from the South of France before Mira and I left for Italy and our adventure in Tuscany. My articles have appeared in most British national newspapers as well as The New York Times  and  Reader's Digest.  

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 A novel inspired by true events

Nicky, a pushy young radio presenter with a dark past, lands her first big job on a struggling provincial radio station in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Marc, a world-weary advertising man, takes pity when no-one responds to her pleas for listeners to text her show. He falls for her and invents a whole cast of characters, a total of 18, and assigns a second-hand mobile to each. The station’s fortunes change dramatically as a result of all the messages they receive from these individuals, not having a clue that they are fictitious. Marc and Nicky, whose ambition has driven her from executive bed to bed, finally make out – but his texts have been so convincing she’s fallen for one of his characters! Nicky then discovers Marc’s deception, and flees. Mortified, Marc is shocked to find how she has been deceiving him all along. Finally he is rescued by one of her broadcasting colleagues. They fall in love, marry, settle down... and Nicky, meanwhile, lands the job of her dreams. 

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