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Date: September 2012

FIONA FULLERTON APPOINTS LAWSONCLARKE PR TO HANDLE LAUNCH OF LATEST BOOK

Fiona Fullerton, the former actress turned writer and property investment specialist, has appointed LawsonClarke PR to handle the launch of her latest book, Dear Fiona – Letters from a Suspected Soviet Spy (published September 2012, Waterside Press, £19.95).

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When a prisoner writes to a movie star, normally the best they can hope for is a signed picture.  So when prisoner, 789959, Anthony Alexandrowicz wrote to actress Fiona Fullerton he certainly didn’t expect it to lead to a friendship that would last over 30 years.

Dear Fiona tells the true story of Fiona’s friendship with a prisoner who was to serve 22 years for a crime he didn’t commit.  Anthony - known as Alex, a suspected KGB Cold War Spy - was a Category A prisoner in Parkhurst prison protesting his innocence, when he wrote a fan letter to the young actress in the early stages of her career.  She replied, intrigued by his humour, tender poetry and remarkable handwriting.

The book is a touching memoir of how two people from completely different backgrounds forged an extraordinary friendship and how they came to rely on each other for mutual support and trust during challenging times.  How he provided wise counsel on her marriage, career and divorce, while she supported him through his seemingly endless sentence, and her search for him after he eventually left prison.

LawsonClarke is handling all the media relations for the launch including print, online and broadcast media and has already secured coverage with BBC Breakfast, Daily Mail and Woman & Home magazine.  Managing director of LawsonClarke PR, Jeremy Clarke said: "It is a great pleasure to be working with Fiona who we have worked with before, both as a journalist and in her property business.  It is a very touching book, and a wonderful publishing project to be involved with."

LawsonClarke PR is based in the Cotswolds, and offers expertise in home interest, property, lifestyle and leisure sectors, and both consumer and business-to-business (B2B) public relations.  Its experience spans all areas of reputation management and communication, from media relations and events management to internal communications, crisis and issues PR.

For further information on the services LawsonClarke can provide, call 01285 658844 or visit www.lawsonclarke.com

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Notes to editors:

Stockists info: Dear Fiona – Letters from a suspected Soviet Spy (September 10th 2012, Waterside Press, Hardback £19.95 (ISBN 978-1-904380-85-6) and Kindle (ISBN and price tba).  Available to pre-order from Amazon and from leading bookshops.

About the author:
Fiona Fullerton’s acting career encompassed movies, television and West End theatre.  She played Anastasia in the Academy Award winning ‘Nicholas and Alexandra’, the title role in ‘Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland’ with Peter Sellers, Dudley Moore and Michael Crawford, and KGB double agent, Pola Ivanova, in ‘A View To a Kill’ with Roger Moore.  She was in the popular BBC TV series ‘Angels’ and starred in ITV’s ‘The Charmer’ with Nigel Havers.  Her many stage roles include Guinevere in ‘Camelot’ opposite Richard Harris and ‘Eliza Dolittle’ in Pygmalion.  In 1995 Fiona retired from acting and became a property columnist, writer and property investment specialist.  She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and two children.

Twitter @2FionaFullerton
Facebook www.facebook.com/The-Fiona-Fullerton
Website: www.fionafullerton.com

All publicity enquiries including requests for interviews, review copies and images to Becky Charman on 07957 474568, becky.charman@lawsonclarke.co.uk, or Tracey Bretherton, LawsonClarke, tracey.bretherton@lawsonclarke.co.uk, T: 01285 658844

The official book launch of Dear Fiona will take place at 6pm for 6.30pm, 27th September at the Royal Festival Hall, London, at the 50th Anniversary Exhibition for the Koestler Trust, the UK's best-known prison arts charity (www.koestlertrust.org.uk).  To reserve a place, please contact launches@watersidepress.co.uk

Issued by:
Jeremy Clarke/Tracey Bretherton
clarke@lawsonclarke.co.uk / tracey.bretherton@lawsonclarke.co.uk
LawsonClarke PR
T: 01285 658844

Ref: LC01/2012