Desperately Seeking Susan Foreman
 

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By:Richard Kirby
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Editions:  UK (1st paperback) | UK (2nd paperback) | UK (paperback)
Note:Book chronicling the author’s attempt to meet (and get an autograph from) all of the surviving actresses who had portrayed Doctor Who companions.

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Edition: UK (1st paperback)
Released:  October 2010
Publisher:  Lulu
ISBN:None
Format: paperback
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Note:  All proceeds went to Children in Need. Was only available to order online (via Lulu.com) for a limited 1 month period prior to the BBC’s annual Children In Need telethon on 19th November 2010, then again for a 2 week period in late Jan/early Feb 2011, before being withdrawn.

Cover blurb:
Desperately Seeking Susan Foreman is my fourteenth book and is the result of a four month project to try and track down as many of Doctor Who’s female companions as I could, ask for a signed picture and compile a book based on the search that would then be sold with all the profits going to Children in Need. Well it seemed a good idea at the time...

I have no massive experience about how many copies will be sold, but as a minimum of £2.50 per book will go to charity, I am hoping that between 40 and 80 people will be interested enough to invest... that will mean between £100 and £200 would be raised, which would more than justify all the time and effort in putting the book together.

It’s not all Doctor Who related; there are attempts at humour (most pretty feeble) and various digressions along the way. On the downside, even though I have proof read the book three times, there’s probably a mistake or two that has slipped through the net, but the fact remains that you have acquired a book that you will never find in the shops (on a bonfire maybe...)

Seriously, thank you. Please post something on my Facebook page if you’ve enjoyed some/all of the book and with a bit of luck, I’ll be able to hand over a three-figure cheque to Children in Need at the end of November.

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Edition: UK (2nd paperback)
Released:  October 2011
Publisher:  Lulu
ISBN:978-0-9570532-0-5
Format: paperback
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Note:  Revised & expanded edition.

Cover blurb:
Desperately Seeking Susan Foreman is the story of a search to try and obtain a signed photograph from all the surviving female companions of the various incarnations of Doctor Who. Running alongside this quest is a personal (and not overly serious) history of the long-running science fiction series.

Richard Kirby was born in New York in 1964. After spending twenty-five largely unsuccessful years playing club cricket (predominantly for Gateshead Fell CC and Chester le Street CC), this is the first book Richard has offered for sale to the public at large. With writing, as with cricket, Richard is living proof that enthusiasm is no substitute for talent!

Cover image for Desperately Seeking Susan Foreman
Edition: UK (paperback)
Released:  June 2013
Publisher:  BearManor Media
ISBN:978-1-59393-728-7
Format: paperback
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Cover blurb:
Desperately Seeking Susan Foreman is a very different Doctor Who book. Richard Kirby’s personal look back at fifty years of time travel is built around his quest to obtain a signed photograph from every living female companion — from Carole Ann Ford’s character, who inspired the book’s title, right through to the present day and the Doctor’s current sidekick, Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman).

Reviews of Richard’s writing style have varied from “casual” and “easy to read” through to “quirky”, and fans of the program have described Desperately Seeking Susan Foreman as “exhilarating”, “first class”, “lovingly researched” and “like discovering Doctor Who all over again."

So why not take a gentle stroll down memory lane? There’s something in this book for Doctor Who fans of every age: you’ll hopefully learn facts you never knew — and equally importantly, you’ll discover if Richard actually found Susan Foreman!


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