King of Clubs is an intimate portrait of visionary showman James Lord Corrigan. Written by Corriganâ€™s confidant Maureen Prest, this is the only insider’s account of what really went on at his world famous Batley Variety Club, both in front of house and behind closed doors.
From his origins on a travelling funfair, his audacious climb through the world of show business, his turbulent marriage to his glamorous wife Betty, and his dramatic retreat, this is a story of rags to riches and back to rags. With a twist.
â€˜What was special was James Corrigan. He made the whole thing happen. He was special.â€™ â€“ Shirley Bassey
‘Batley is a living aspirin. Great.’ â€“ Louis Armstrong
â€˜Corrigan did more for night life in Great Britain than anyone. I would put him with the great showmen.â€™ â€“ Danny La Rue
King of Clubs will be released on the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Batley Variety Club, 26th March 2017. Be amongst the first to read it. To pre-order a signed first edition, click ‘Buy Now’ above. Orders will be despatched immediately. (*All major debit/credit cards accepted. To pay by card please follow ‘Proceed to PayPal’ and then click ‘Check Out as Guest’. PayPal users can log in and pay with PayPal.)
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A launch event for King of Clubs will take place at Batley Town Hall, Friday 24th March, 11am. All welcome.