The Truth About Vanity Publishing by Tom Deegan – ISBN 1 85845 000 4 – £5.95 - 86 pages was published by New Millennium in 1993.
It was reviewed in the national press in Britain and sent a shock wave around the vanity publishing industry, driving some of them out of business and forcing other firms to radically alter their trading practices. It explained the process of book publication and exposed the dishonest practices of fraudulent publishers. Until this book appeared, vanity-publishing firms were exploiting writers by pretending to be trade publishers. They offered to publish books sent to them by hopeful writers in return for an exorbitant fee. Once ‘signed up’ the unsuspecting author was trapped in an arrangement that allowed the so-called publisher to produce a few copies of the book, often shoddily made, and that was really as far as the ‘publication’ went. They took advantage of authors’ misconceptions about the business of book publishing. Phoney literary agencies also operated to direct unsuspecting writers to a particular ‘publisher’. Many writers had been deceived and fleeced before this book helped many other writers to avoid the sharks in the business. Nevertheless, there was a simple truth that fuelled the shady business of vanity publishing. If a writer could not find a trade publisher to accept a manuscript and pay the author and if the author was determined to publish anyway, then the only way into print was to pay for the private publication of the work.Any creator of a literary work, whether it be autobiography, novel, poetry, history or philosophy, children’s stories or any other type of work intended for publication should write to New Millennium book publishing for information before paying to publish a book.
New Millennium was established as a trade publisher more than twenty years ago and many different authors and titles, novels, biographies, autobiographies, histories and poetry, have been issued under the imprint. The company has major outlets in India and has published many historical and political works concerning the sub-continent.
New Millennium is an imprint that is known to most book-selling retailers and media organisations in the UK because they have either sold or reviewed the company’s books. The company has recently been restructured to include a self-publishing division to meet the growing demand for an honest service to previously unpublished writers to enable them to get their books properly published (see below).
Below is a selection of books published under the New Millennium imprint over the years. Beyond Denial and Poor Little Rich Girl are the current best sellers.
Poor Little Rich Girl (Povera Ricca Bambina) by Gemma Ford - 137 pages with photos - ISBN 1 85845 130 2 - £6.95 (available direct, through a bookseller or through Amazon)
Published in 1997 and still in print, this is the autobiography of Gemma Ford, the daughter of a wealthy Italian/German artistic family. Gemma’s maternal grandfather, Giovani Rappa, and his brother, Carlo, were Italian artists and architectural sculptors who had established studios in Munich in the latter part of the nineteenth-century. King Ludwig of Bavaria commissioned the brothers to work on his palaces and Adolf Hitler knew of their artistic achievements.
Gemma grew up speaking fluent German as well as Italian. She also learned to speak French and English. Albert Speer introduced Gemma and her family to Adolf Hitler in Berlin in 1939 because her uncle had been expressly commissioned by Hitler to produce the relief work and friezes in his new chancellery.
The Wehrmacht in Italy employed Gemma as an interpreter during the war and she managed to help local people and partisans. Nevertheless, Gemma stood before a partisan firing squad at the end of the war. She was saved at the last moment because a senior partisan leader knew she had saved Jews and other people from deportation. Instead, she was sent to Turin for trial as a collaborator and received an unjust seven-year sentence in a ‘kangaroo’ court.
After one-year in prison, during which she witnessed a violent riot, Gemma was amnestied and went to East Africa where she became a hotel manager. In Kenya, she met and married Reggie Ford. Reggie was an unsung hero of the war. He was an American who had volunteered for the RAF in 1940. He was shot down twice. He survived ten-days adrift in the winter of 1942 in the Bay of Biscay as the sole survivor of his aircraft. Then he was shot down again over the south of France but managed to escape back to England through Spain and Portugal with the help of the French resistance.
Reggie and Gemma lived through the Mau Mau insurgency in Kenya the 1950s and they were directly involved in several deadly actions and dangerous encounters. Gemma wrote her story in Italian after Reggie died in 1992 but New Millennium had it translated and published the English edition of the book in 1997. Since then it has been reproduced as a film script called; Divided Loyalties in Love and War. It is the fascinating story of two people on different sides in the war but who came together to find love in Africa.
Beyond Denial: The Evidence of a Genocide by Dr M A Hasan – ISBN: 1 85845 379 8 317 pages with photographs - £9.95 (available direct, through a bookseller or Amazon)
Published in 2013, this is a major historical study of the genocide that took place in Bangladesh in 1971 when Pakistan divided into two separate states. Dr Hasan is a forensic anthropologist and specialist in genomic sciences.
Bengali nationalism started to grow in Pakistan’s Bengal division, called East Pakistan, from the time of the partition of India in 1947. West Pakistan had exercised a complete hegemony over the economic and cultural affairs of its eastern wing until the Awami League won a general election in 1970. The Awami League drew most of its support from the east but the ruling West Pakistani military regime refused to accept the peoples’ mandate. Instead, they launched a murderous campaign against all Awami League supporters and known Bengali nationalists. This campaign ultimately became a genocidal attack on the Bengali people, especially the Hindu population, during which some two million civilians, men - women and children, were deliberately murdered. As many as half-a-million women were sexually violated and many of them were abducted to serve as comfort girls in Pakistani cantonments before being murdered later. Some twenty-million people were displaced and more than ten-million fled to refugee camps in India. The total death toll probably exceeded three-million in a ghastly nine-month period until the Mukti Bahini (Bengali Freedom Fighters) and the Indian army forced the West Pakistani army to surrender in December 1971.
In 1999, Dr Hasan and a team of colleagues began an investigation into the events of 1971 because there had never been any official enquiry into the genocide while the world remained generally ignorant of the facts. This genocide took place at the time of the Vietnam War and the politics of the day militated against American or European governments condemning Pakistan, seen then as an anti-Soviet bulwark and friend of America. In fact, US President, Richard Nixon, and his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, used military and political intimidation to try to prevent India from intervening to stop the genocide.
Dr Hasan’s team took nearly ten-years to complete their study. Their report was entitled; War Crimes, Genocide and the Quest for Justice. This book is a condensed version of that report. It is very shocking book but one that should be read by anybody interested in genocide cases or the history of the Cold War and the twentieth century. A Bengali language edition is also now available.