When Ian met Mike

Local Brighton author Mike Kingston recently met with Lord of the Rings actor Sir Ian McKellen at the actors’ pub in East London. The Grapes pub, purported to once serve Charles Dickens, features in novels A Flyblown Solution and A Candle for Consuela and Sir Ian, currently appearing in Frank and Percy at the Other Palace in London, was delighted that his centuries-old pub on the River Thames provided a great British backdrop to the novels. Kingston’s books are based on real international events and characters he encountered as a journalist and investigator working in conflict zones around the world. Critics have described the works as absolutely brilliant, exciting and provocative, must read and fabulous and are available on Amazon now. (Photo by Barnaby Jaco Skinner/Red Nomad Studios 2023)