Wednesday, April 1, 2020

William Cash

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William Cash was born in London in 1966 and was brought up in Islington and then Shropshire. He comes from a family of politicians, silk ribbon weavers, Victorian railway william-cashbuilders and newspaper editors.

He read English at Cambridge in the late 1980s where his heroes were the New Journalist and novelist Tom Wolfe, Graham Greene and the Victorian architectural and social critic John Ruskin.

His first job was as a graduate trainee at The Times in 1991. From 1991-1993, William was West Coast Correspondent of The Times, where he covered the LA Riots, the OJ Simpson trial and various executions. He then became  American Correspondent-at-Large of the Daily Mail and later U.S Special Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph . He reviewed books for The Observer and Times Literary Supplement. 

During his time in America he came to know, or meet, such literary figures as  Jay McInerney, Martin Amis, James Ellroy, Armistead Maupin and the New Journalists Hunter Thompson and Tom Wolfe at his East 79th street apartment in New York. Many of his colourful encounters and friendships were included in his first book: Educating William: Memoirs of a Hollywood Correspondent  (Simon & Schuster).

Cash returned to London in 1999 to write a biography of Graham Greene’s relationship with the American society beauty Catherine Walston that inspired The End of the Affair with permission to quote from Greene’s letters by the Greene estate. The Third Woman  was published in 1999 by Little, Brown in the U.K and Carroll & Graff in America.

In 2000, Cash wrote his first play, The Green Room, a sexual comedy about the life and death of the post-war English philosopher A.J Ayer based on interviews with his former wife and doctor. The play was selected as a Critics’ Choice by The Observer. 

Within three years of launching Spear’s, Cash had twice – in successive years – won ‘Editor of the Year’ at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards. For many years, William has been a champion of the English countryside and has spoken out in the Telegraph, the CPRE magazine and Country Life about the importance of preserving national landscapes, architecture and heritage.

After a short second marriage in 2008/9 to the writer and philosopher Dr Vanessa Neumann  (a.k.a ‘The Cracker from Caracas’), William began restoring his Shropshire family home, Upton Cressett near Bridgnorth, which was as much in need of ‘fixing up’ as its 43 year old owner. The joint reclamation project took four years and is the subject of his new memoir, Restoration Heart. He is now married to the milliner Laura Cathcart. They live between London and Shropshire with their black Labrador, two pugs, a white peacock and two young children. In 2018, William was appointed as chairman of the Catholic Herald magazine for UK and USA.

Website: www.williamcash.co.uk

Twitter: @williamrpcash

Instagram: @williamrpcash

Bibliography

Restoration Heart, Little, Brown, Sept 2019.
The Third Woman, The Secret Passion That Inspired The End of the Affair (Little, Brown, 1999).
The Green Room (play), Edinburgh Festival 2000.
Educating William, Memoirs of a Hollywood Correspondent (Simon & Schuster, 1994).

Buy Restoration Heart Online

For reviews, see William’s website: www.williamcash.co.uk.

Synopsis

Restoration Heart is a story of love, double divorce and redemption. It is a biography of the heart, and of a house. When William Cash suffers a post-divorce, mid-life breakdown, aged 43, life seemed bleak – but things were about to change. Like William himself, his old Shropshire family house Upton Cressett was in as much in need of being rescued and ‘fixrestoration-hearted up’ as its owner. As William embarks on re-building his life and ruin of a country house, he starts looking again for love. But money, patience and the likelihood of ever finding family happiness soon start to run out.

Drawing on his haul of letters written to various wives, fiancées and girlfriends – all potential third wives – the book follows Cash’s search for a chatelaine for Upton Cressett. Restoration Heart is a tempestuous, Gulliver-like voyage of the heart with a colourful cast of figures including Tom Wolfe, Jay McInerney, Margaret Thatcher, Elizabeth Hurley, David Hockney, Piers Morgan, an American singer legend cousin and, most dramatically, future prime minister Boris Johnson.  Hilarious and poignant, this ‘restore-a-wreck’ memoir is an account of how an Englishman is rescued by love, architecture and beauty. The memoir also holds up a dark lens to the Bonfire of the Vanities generation that Cash was a member of at Cambridge.

This is not a misery-memoir; it is an uplifting – albeit tempestuous – Gulliver-like biography of the heart.

Advance praise from Harry Mount, editor of the Oldie: ‘I read most of it in one exciting sitting. It is brilliant, gripping and sad.’

Awards & Prizes

Two time winner of Editor of the Year at PPA Independent Publisher Awards. The Green Room play selected as Critics’ Choice of Edinburgh Festival by the Observer.

Literary Festival Appearances

Oxford Literary Festival, Blenheim, Cheltenham, Henley and others.

Pitch to Publishers & Festival Organisers

William Cash is a multi-sward winning writer and publisher and well known literary figure who is a veteran of festivals and book tours in the U.S, Australia and UK. He has appeared twice on BBC’s Start the Week, and appears regularly on TV and radio.
Contact email: williamrpcash@googlemail.com
For media enquiries and festival bookings for Restoration Heart,  please email jess.gulliver@littlebrown.co.uk . Jess Gulliver can be reached on 020 3122 7414.

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