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Historical Companion to House Brewing - Now available as e-book - (not for e-readers).

History of Brewing – Historical Companion to House-Brewing. ‘One of the ten best ever beer books,' critics have said. 'Ideas wacky enough to last a lifetime of brewing,' another told me.

More details here.

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Someone tell me what is going on!

by Clive La Pensée

A 21st century upstairs/downstairs story. Mystery, comedy, suspense. Mendacity, cheating, murder - and lots of love in all the right places.

‘Someone tell me what is going on,’ shouts Millie Backhouse,when her world is turned upside down.

‘The dialogue crackles.’ Alice Wickham - New London Writers.

‘Relaxed, witty, clever and wonderfully cynical at times.’ said respected editor, Hilary Johnson

'I walked home with a bursting head. What a day! The village aristocrat has cancelled games and the village Marxist cancelled vitriol, while the village evangelist sounds like Lenin. Someone tell me what is going on!'

When 19-year-old waitress, Millie, takes a summer job as companion to wealthy Lady Vera Ashington, at her Suffolk stately home, she has no idea that a mystery will unfold, which puts her own life and her family’s business at risk. Unexplained deaths will test her morality. Can the end ever justify the means? Millie has so much to lose by her drive for honesty.

She is the passionate teenager, who wants to move mountains with a bucket and spade and clashes with the experienced Vera, for whom outcomes are a financial irrelevancy. Vera's problem is that personal satisfaction remains elusive. Millie encourages Vera to seek happiness by using her power and influence to do good works, but must discover that there are always losers. As she empowers Vera, the conflicts mount.

What is Vera really up to? Millie uses her teenage vitality and intuition to find out, but must reconcile an explosion of mendacity, murder and mixed sexuality. What can she do that doesn't risk ruining her father's business or losing the love of her boyfriend.

Political events of the last year, have made this novel relevant. Millie, socialist teenage idealist, becomes the driver of new capitalism through social enterprise. She is challenged by the super-rich of the county, who have vested interests in the old order. Vera sits somewhere in the middle, but has her own agenda.
Print or e-book.

90,000 words in 30 chapters

More free downloads soon. @clivelap for details.

New Book - But what else is happening? Never mind the clear water and blue sky, Clive is enjoying a creative volcano. See below for a list of his new publications for 2017.

But most important is the free stuff. Free Short stories.

And - even better - free novellas.

And I have collected many of my blogs and publish them under the correct headings, for the first time.

1. Berlin Blogs

Just click the links.

Much more to come in 2018. So what is the clivelap brand? It is a question every creative person is supposed to ask. Here are my keywords.




I doubt the deliberately obscure have anything worth saying

I'm phobe phobic - no time for xenophobes, misogynists, homophobes.

Lover of men and women who have overcome great adversity, to then go on and produce something great. Great need not be big, or famous – just something they can be proud of.

My a cousinovercame an alcohol problem and went on to make a million. I'm so proud of her - not for the million, but for winning her fight against addiction.

Remember! Everyone is getting something right.

Follow my Tweets @clivelap

The Bits We Missed

Ready to read - a set of irreverent poems about a city of culture and the things that won't get into the CoC catalogue.

Nevertheless, they are still Hull, still beautiful and still important.

Click here, to access some sample poems from Clive's last collection - Getting To Grips.

Contact here, to arrange a free evening of Clive's poetry, with stunning photographs, projected onto your screen or dining room wall.

It is all possible, but please email me under <contact about> .

E-book and print versions available here!

The Bits We Missed is full of stunning performance poetry and beautiful photography.

Getting to Grips - A new and experimental poetry collection.

Poems are fairly tradional, but the layout and use of full colour photographs throughout, is a first for Clive and Przemek

Take a look.

Available as e-book and glossy print version. Click here to purchase.

Goto Poetry for samples of poems.

Getting to grips is full of stunning images. Here are a few.


Clear water and blue horizons at the website of

Clive La Pensée

Clive used to publish historical beer books under his Montag Publications banner. This imprint no longer exists. Same person, now publishing beer books, poetry and new literature and looking for a publisher and/or agent.

The Last Stop. A Berlin Story. Scored full marks on all reviews.

'What I loved about the book was that the author gave life to a set of very strong and varied main characters.'

'Sex scenes beautifully done.'

Online Book Club. Full 4* maximum.

'The Last Stop is a compulsive page-turner and despite the difficult subject matter it is filled with crackling good humour.'

Alice Wickham - New London Writers

'Excellent! Entertaining and very readable, makes you want to laugh out loud at times and then cry at others. Felt I wanted to look at a map of Berlin to follow where the action was. Clive La Pensée obviously has very good knowledge of the city. Can highly recommend it.'

Typical Amazon reader comment.

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We work with New London Writers, providing blogs, book and music reviews, political comment, poetry and wit and repartee. Taking a rest now - but active on

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The Historical Companion to House Brewing – 2nd fully revised edition – is at the printers.

Please note – this book was never published by King’s England Press. How some listings came to have a King’s England ISBN is a mystery. Unscrupulous publishers increase their portfolio by claiming out-of-print books.Worse still, the industry seems unable or unwilling to correct the matter. Kings England have pointed out the error countless times.

It was originally published in 1990 with the Montag Publications ISBN

ISBN 0 9515685 0 7

To avoid confusion, the new edition will have a new Amazon  generated  ISBN. E-book now available. Print version soon.

That aside, we are so happy to finally bring this book, with the correct SGs, and  ISBN, back to craft brewers.

Click here for further details.

Stop Press!

Clive's next novel -

Goddesses - Available soon.

Mirth Mocks Misogyny.

37 year old Connie Grimshaw tries promiscuity and finds she is not very good at it. She gets hersef into hilarious scrapes.

Out soon - print version  and ebook..

 Out Now!

My new crime thriller, The Last Stop - a Berlin Story - explores the dilemma of exploitation. If the exploited defend themselves, can they be above the law? Maria, an innocent linguist from Poland becomes embroiled in the seedier side of Berlin club life. She must fight back to survive. Short term, her tactic works.

Click here for reviews.

The Last Stop is ready for download as an ebook or free sample, or as paper from Amazon. Click here

For information on how the book came about: Click here

If you have problems getting the paperback version, please drop me an order via the Contact link, and I’ll generate an invoice and dispatch a copy.