April 2017 Fiction & Entertainment John Blake Publishing Ltd

Shirley Bassey, Diamonds are Forever: A celebration of my 50 years as her greatest fan Mary Long

Dame Shirley Bassey has become one of the most prestigious singers of her time. Her work has inspired and influenced many, and will no doubt continue to do so for generations to come. Diamonds Are Forever is the fascinating story of Shirley Bassey told from the perspective of one her greatest fans. Mary Long first met Bassey in 1963 and since then has encountered her hundreds of times, thus developing a unique insight into the life of one of our most iconic singers. Mary Long recounts Shirley Bassey’s journey from singing in the pubs and clubs of Tiger Bay, Wales, to becoming one of the all-time greats in the British music industry, performing at events such as the Oscars and the Royal Variety Show. This book will be published as a celebration of Bassey’s 80th birthday and will look back on the life of this incredible artist whose music has touched so many. This book therefore, will mainly appeal to her wide fan base as well as others who enjoyed her music.