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Post-war Britain family saga trilogy concludes - The Dove is Dead by John Uttley

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Today is the official publication day for The Dove Is Dead by John Uttley; the moving conclusion of a family saga trilogy that explores post-war Britain through the experiences of Bob and Richard, two 70-something old school friends, and Richard's Gen-Z daughter Amy.

John lives in Hadley Wood, just outside of London, but originally hails from Blackpool and has the Northern accent to prove it. Following on from the success of Where's Sailor Jack? and No Precedent, The Dove Is Dead, is now available in paperback and ebook. For a copy, to speak to John for media interviews, or to connect via email / Zoom with the author, please get in touch:helenlewis@literallypr.comand see below for more info about the books and the author!

Helen Lewis 
Director Literally PR 


The Dove is Dead

By John Uttley


A picture containing text, bookDescription automatically generatedFor fans of We Were Rich and We Didn't Know it by Tom Phelan, A 1950s Childhood by Paul Feeney, All Points North by Simon Armitage and shades of Graham Greene on faith.


"The moving conclusion of a family saga trilogy that explores post-war Britain through the experiences of two seventy-something old school friends "- LoveReading


"We're out of time," said Dad, with a resigned grimace.

"Yep, it's not just our Lancashire that's gone. The whole country is another place. Manufacturing, our religion, even what a man should be, and I do mean man this time, Amy," Bob added. 


The Northern grammar school pals, Bob Swarbrick and Richard Shackleton, are now well into their seventies. While Richard's daughter, the ‘delightful mistake' Amy, is studying History at Oxford, they're more concerned with the viva they'll be facing soon with the almighty. Everything is changing; their native Lancashire is barely recognisable and the industries they grew up with have vanished. Early boomer men and woke Gen Z girl tread a path together through a world of western cultural decline and collapse of faith, in a searingly sad but still joyful celebration of life and death.. While Bob and Richard grapple with the shifting cultural landscape, Richard's daughter, Amy, is preparing for her final exams.


A bitter-sweet tale of life, death and a changing world.


This is the last book ofThe Unholy Trinity, which charts the social history of the aspiring working and lower middle class in Britain from the post-war years of hopeful austerity to the present-day of secular inequality, as seen through the eyes of a loving family who see meaning, purpose and humour in it all.


"The Unholy Trinity concludes with a powerful sermon on family, faith, and death."- Dr Stephen Carver


About the Author

John Uttley was born in Lancashire just as the war was ending. He was educated at a grammar school before reading Physics at Oxford. He then embarked on a long career with the CEGB and National Grid Group.


A picture containing person, wall, indoor, personDescription automatically generatedJohn was Finance Director at the time of the miners' strike, the Sizewell Inquiry and privatisation, receiving on OBE in 1991. Shortly afterwards, he suffered his fifteen minutes of fame when he publicly gave a dividend to charity in the middle of the fat cat furore. Following this, he took an external London degree in Divinity while acting as chairman of numerous smaller companies, both UK and US based.


He is married to Janet and lives just north of London. This is his third novel, based on the characters of his first, the much-loved and critically acclaimed Where's Sailor Jack?



Title:The Dove is Dead

The Final Book In

The Unholy Trinity Trilogy

Author:John Uttley

Genres:Fiction, Family Saga, Religion, Philosophy


Publication date:Oct 27 2022

Availability:Paperback, eBook


Price:Paperback £8.99

eBook £4.99

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