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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Lawnmower Celebrity (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The International Gooseberry (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The P45 Diaries (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Scotland with Your Family: From Peaceful Highlands to Cosmopolitan Cities (With: Dinah Hatch) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frommer's England with Your Family (With: Dinah Hatch) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frommer's Britain for Free: Great Days Out That Won't Break the Bank (With: Dinah Hatch) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Are We Nearly There Yet?: A Family's 8000-Mile Car Journey Around Britain (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Road to Rouen (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Publishing Talk Magazine issue 2(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Ben Hatch
Ben Hatch was born and raised in London, and also lived Manchester and Buckinghamshire, where he lived in a windmill which he was called Windy Miller at school for years, even though he has not been at all scarred by this experience whatsoever. He lives with Dinah, his tiny wife and two kids, in a normal sized house.

Ben likes cheese and is balding however he disguises this fact by spiking his hair to great height in order to distract people that he wishes to impress.

He has written for The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, and The Daily Express among others.

“The Lawnmower Celebrity” won BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Year. The novel is based on Ben’s woeful experiences of his teens and 20s when his father believed him to be an oaf. “Are We Nearly There Yet?” was a BBC Radio 2 Book of the Year and a Number One Bestseller.

He is the tallest hatch that has ever lived, at 5 ft. 9 in. tall and he is the son of Sir David Hatch the radio producer and performer whose shadow Ben does not at all feel under. He also maintains that he knows the cure for the common cold and that a relative was John Couch-Adams who discovered the planet Neptune. His aunty told him, apparently.

“The Lawnmower Celebrity” is the first stand alone novel and was released in 2000. Ben saves Jay Golden, the eighteen year old hero of his debut novel, from the A-Z humor of terminal adolescence by integrating this macabre twist: terminal illness through his mom’s death from cancer.

Jay’s ultimate ambition is to write a great novel, which will make him a major authentic voice of an entire generation. This fictional hero has studied the character Holden Caulfield from “Catcher in the Rye” and has probably slunk in front of the mirror practicing the stances of Generation X, courtesy of Douglas Coupland, attempting a series of Mcjobs in lawnmower retailers and kebab shops. He even has got a bit of an Adrian Mole type thing going on as well, with the careful diary entries, the cool girlfriend, and the bemused humor.

Ben begins with butterfly punches. Jay’s diary entries are sarcastic and funny. They’re filled with mocking observations. He tracks his own deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend and his dad with fake irony, the timbre of teen angst. However Ben then lands a punch to the gut, a winding blow of grief and emotion. The careless prose is revealed for what it actually is: a desperate clutch at attempting to cope with all of that sorrow and sadness.

Jay Golden is not some major authentic voice for a new generation however his superficial self-obsession combined with his heartbreaking loss make him a beguiling commentator on life.

“The International Gooseberry” is the second stand alone novel and was released in 2001. They want to lose him. He wants to find himself. A novel about feeling green and travel.

Kerouac once said that life is just a dream. However International Gooseberry Kit Farley’s life is certainly turning into a nightmare, while he drives across the States with Dominique (his penny pinching, neurotic, and Prozac popping girlfriend) and Carlos (his supposed best mate).

He wants to explore the dusty highways, meet and then sleep with some beautiful women of all nations and learn that there’s a lot more to America than just Arby’s. Dominque and Carlos are determined to argue over the merit of each and every single dollar being spent and go to bed early in order to read. In their tent. On the cheapest campsite they can possibly find.

Anybody that has been traveling, or even just thought about getting away from all of it, is going to be laughing out loud one minute and wincing with terrified recognition the very next.

“Frommer’s England with Your Family” is a non-fiction book that was released in 2010. Great family trips that you’ll remember forever. A travel guide for families, at last. See the best of everything, with expert advice from dads and mums for dads and mums, giving you the confidence for an inspired trip as you keep the entire family happy. With your family has the inside knowledge for trouble free breaks filled with memories to last a lifetime.

Find out if you can make it as an astronaut. Hunt for this crazy T-Rex on the loose in Norfolk. Visit this eerie and top secret nuclear bunker. Plus the best food & drink, accommodations, attractions. Along with hundreds of regional maps and evocative maps. This is a full color, practical and accessible book for independently minded UK families that are looking to make the absolute most of their family vacation. The guide also highlights the best opportunities for families in the region and offers an expert opinion about where to eat, where to stay, and where you can spend your holiday time enjoyably.

Includes sections on: Kent & Sussex, London, Dorset & Wiltshire, Surry, The West Country, Hampshire, The Northeast, Midlands, East Anglia, Central England, Cumbria & The Lakes, The Northwest, and Yorkshire.

“Road to Rouen” is a non-fiction book that was released in 2013. Ben Hatch has hit the road again. Commissioned to pen a guidebook about France (despite the fact he doesn’t speak French) he sets off with visions of refined dining and relaxing chateaux. Ten thousand miles later his family has had a run-in with a death cult, been attacked by a donkey, and (after a near drowning and a calamitous wedding experience that involves a British spy) his marriage is now in jeopardy.

A combo of obsessions about mosquitoes, vegetable theme parks, and French gravel mean that it’s a bumpy ride. All as Ben takes a stand against tyrannical French pool attendants, almost starring in a snuff film after a near fatal choice to climb into some millionaire’s Chevy Blazer, and running with the bulls in Pamplona.

This book, both poignant and funny, asks some important questions about marriage, life, and whether it is ever acceptable to tape baguette to your kid’s legs in order to smuggle lunch into Disneyland Paris.

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