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 ‘Walford State of Mind – EastEnders As Reported By the Walford Gazette’ is the perfect gift for any EastEnders fan.The new book is a followup to ‘Albert Square & Me: The Actors of EastEnders’, including 52 exclusive interviews with current and past cast members, including Steve McFadden, June Brown, Pam St Clement, Barbara Windsor, Leslie Grantham, Patsy Palmer, et al.
 

‘Walford State of Mind’ Book £21.99
(For Uk buyers, inc. S&H)

 

Walford State of Mind features the best of the Walford Gazette’s first 18 years and 72 issues, including contributions from Radio Times’ Andrew Collins (who tells what it’s like to be an EastEnders scriptwriter; and renown musician/author Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), who tells how EastEnders saved his marriage, twice! Walford State of Mind features analysis of the series’ best episodes and charactersEditor & Publisher Larry Jaffee tells:

  • How he was banned from the studio for three years for publishing a series of photos of an American woman who somehow talked her way onto the set in the second issue of the ‘Walford Gazette’ under the cheeky headline ‘ALBERT SQUARE TRESPASSER!”  Apparently heads rolled in the security office. The ban was lifted when a new regime took over in 1996.
  • How he conversed with Rupert Murdoch on why News Corp. should acquire the US rights to EastEnders when BBC America cancelled it;
  • How he encouraged readers to send teabags to the president of BBC America when he told an Associated Press that “The joke around the office is the lesson from [EastEnders] is `Life is miserable and then you die.'”
  • “The publisher of the Walford Gazette, Larry Jaffee, is the best friend on this side (US) of the Atlantic that EastEnders has ever had, a tireless evangelist for the show fighting for its availability on public television and cable despite setback after setback,” wrote Vanity Fair columnist James Wolcott in his blog.

Praise for the Walford Gazette:

“I usually don’t do interviews. I really just called to tell you that I like your paper…”

–Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell)

“The publisher of the Walford Gazette, Larry Jaffee, is the best friend on this side of the atlantic that EastEnders has ever had, a tireless evangelist for the show fighting for its availability on public television and cable despite setback after setback.”

– Vanity Fair columnist James Wolcott

Albert Square & Me: The Actors of EastEnders

  • 52 exclusive interviews with past & present cast members
  • Behind-the-scenes at the long-running serial with Barbara Windsor, Steve McFadden, June Brown, John Altman, Sid Owen, Patsy Palmer, Pam St. Clement, Perry Fenwick, Natalie Cassidy, James Alexandrou, Derek Martin, Laila Morse, Danniella Westbrook, John Bardon, Wendy Richard, Susan Tully, Todd Carty, Leslie Grantham, Anita Dobson, Gillian Taylforth, Michelle Collins, Martin Kemp, Gretchen Franklin, Nick Berry, Lucy Speed, Martine McCutcheon, Michael Greco, et. al. I
  • Interviews published originally in the Walford Gazette, the world’d only quarterly newspaper dedicated to EastEnders

UK residents order via Amazon: Link

  • Albert Square & Me: The Actors of EastEnders celebrates the craft of acting. It explains how these actors ended up on this immensely popular show, what they did before they were cast there, and what they have done since on U.K. telly, stage and screen.
  • Forewords by Leonard Fenton (Dr. Legg) and Deepak Verma (Sanjay Kapoor)

Praise for Albert Square & Me:

“I think your book is great. the interviews are fantastic and it gives a wonderful insider’s view of the show. If ever we do decide to revisit EastEnders as a publishing opportunity, I will definitely be in touch to see if there might be a way we could work together.”

– Lorna Russell, Editorial Director, BBC Books

“It’s a great book and a really lovely souvenir of all your hard work and commitment.”

—Carolyn Weinstein, EastEndersCompany Manager (been with show since 1985)

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