The Richard and Judy show is a well-loved British institution, but Richard Madeley is also an author in his own right. An Essex boy come good, who has dominated daytime television side-by-side with his wife Judy Finnigan, Richard started his career as a reporter. When poor eyesight put paid to his dream of becoming an airforce pilot he joined The Brentwood Argus, before starting at BBC Radio Carlisle as a news producer and presenter. His career progression took him via Border Television and Yorkshire Television at the end of the 1970s, but it was at Granada TV where he first met Judy Finnigan. The couple enjoyed unprecedented success together in a number of popular daytime television shows, but they also extended their influence by creating the Richard & Judy Book club and the Richard & Judy Summer Read club.
Club titles have sold in excess of 10 million and the club continues today exclusively with WHSmith. While Richard Madeley has appeared in television shows such as 'Have I Got News For You' and 'Question Time', he has also written a number of very popular books such as 'Fathers and Sons' and 'Some Day I'll Find You'.
Richard Madeley's Fantastic Book
The Way You Look Tonight
Not until she was 16 did Stella Arnold learn the full truth about her father, how handsome, charming James turned out to be a cold-blooded, psychotic extortionist, racketeer and killer. Knowing now what her father was capable of, she decides to study psychology and the criminal mind, and to further her education in America. In the spring of 1962 she flies to Boston where, being beautiful, bright and fashionably English, she becomes someone of huge fascination and on every invitation list. Then comes an invitation one summer weekend to the home of the Kennedys. Stella quickly becomes part of the inner Kennedy circle as they party through the hot summer nights. Both brothers, JFK and Bobby, make their moves on her but she firmly, charmingly, repels them. Further south, on the Florida Keys, a killer is on the loose. The case, unsolved, begins to rock America, and with her specialist knowledge of psychopaths, Stella is co-opted by the police investigation and prepares to fly south...
Richard Madeley's Fantastic Book
Some Day I'll Find You
As a handsome and dashing fighter pilot, James Blackwell is every girl's dream and it doesn't take Diana Arnold long to fall for him. After an introduction by her brother, Diana and James are soon married. But James is called away to war while they are still newly-weds and is shot down and killed in northern France. Diana is left as a pregnant widow who has to face up to the challenges which this brings.
Then, a decade on and now happily remarried, she finds herself in Southern France when she hears the unmistakable voice of someone who will set out to torment her - and from whom there is only one means of escape. This gripping tale of love and intrigue is sure to appeal to all tastes and showcases the fact that Richard Madeley is every bit as confident with a pen in hand as he is in front of a camera.
Interview with Richard Madeley
'Some Day I'll Find You' is a combination of a psychological thriller with a lot of intrigue and suspense, as well as a love story. The book opens in 1938 when Diana Arnold meets the love of her life – James Blackwell. The reader learns long before her that he is a psychopathic spitfire pilot who is only interested in his own well-being. He seduces and marries her but she believes that he has been killed in war. The book is set in the glamorous south of France which couldn't be more of a contrast with cold and austere England. "I know the south of France well and loved describing it", says Richard.