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Book Review – The Impersonator by Ann Mann

I don’t get much time to read books; my reading time is usually slotted in late at night when the house is quiet and my eyes are sore. So it takes a good book to keep me awake and that’s exactly what The Impersonator by local author Ann Mann was – a brilliant book that I found hard to put down!

Meet Jack Merrick a 42 year old talent agent, impresario and homosexual whose life is turned upside when his sister and brother-in-law are brutally murdered in Rhodesia and he suddenly becomes the main carer for his 15 year old niece, Elizabeth.  In current times this probably wouldn’t be a huge issue, but this is 1966; a time when homosexuality was still a criminal offence. Jack recognises his responsibility to Elizabeth and vows to put his personal life on hold – but at what cost to him?

Whilst Elizabeth seems takes the huge upheaval in her youthful stride, as a teenager suddenly confronted by the era of free love and dealing with the tribulations that beset all adolescents, she finds herself refuge in The Impersonator; the most  consummate of performers whose ability to transform his gender wreaks havoc for both Elizabeth and Jack.

Everyone has felt the huge drain caused by an all-encompassing love and as the book weaves through 5 months of powerful emotions involving Jack, Elizabeth and The Impersonator you re-live the highs and lows of the events that bring them together and ultimately tear them apart.

The Impersonator is brilliantly written by Ann Mann, an author who has enjoyed an eclectic career in show business and the media. As a singer, she made numerous broadcasts on television and radio in the sixties and performed in some of the top cabaret spots in the West End of London. She has produced and presented over 1,000 programmes for TV and radio, worked for Walt Disney and Hammer Films, and lectured on musical theatre and Irish Literature. She has also written articles for major newspapers and other publications. Currently she is working on a film screenplay.

The Impersonator is published by Troubador Publishing Limited


We have 2 copies of The Impersonator by Ann Mann to give away. All you need to do is hunt down the Troubador logo which is hidden on one of the pages the magazine and tell us where it is.

You can email your answer together with your name and telephone number to [email protected] or send it by snail mail to:

The Impersonator Competition

MPC  Publications

Unit 67 Lancaster Road Industrial Estate



The closing date for entries is 9th September 2011 and the winners will be announced in the September issue of the magazine. Good Luck!

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