My late father wrote two books, one detailing his unique life as a radio presenter and the other telling the story of the shark’s creation and the fight to keep it, and I’m honoured to offer them both here.
The Hunting of the Shark: The Story Behind the Tale That Crash Landed on an Unsuspecting Oxford Suburban Street
"It's 1986 and American jets take off near Oxford to bomb Tripoli and take out Gaddafi.... meanwhile another missile has crashed through the shattered tiles of a quiet Oxford suburban home. This is a true story. Dive into this book which celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of England’s quirkiest icons. The Hunting of the Shark spills the guts for the very first time on how this bizarre 25-foot fibreglass sculpture was conceived, constructed, erected and kept up on the roof against the full blast of Oxford City bureaucracy. Told by Bill Heine who commissioned its birth, plus exclusive sketches and artwork from the sculptor's own notebook and never-before-seen photographs of the erection in flagrante, The Hunting of the Shark reveals and re-lives a fascinating slice of English eccentricity. Part-Picaresque, part-Pythonesque, this tale of art, anarchy, and architecture reveals how a 7-day wonder became one of the country's most controversial landmarks with a 6-year planning battle, courtroom drama, arrests, a Public Inquiry, and the intervention by the Secretary of State for the Environment. With cameo appearances from Michael Heseltine, Lynda Lee-Potter, Lord Palumbo, Philip Pullman, Mohamed Al Fayed, Bernard Levin, Sir Hugh Casson and others, this is a must read for those who enjoy a jaw-dropping tale in which truth is stranger than fiction."Buy
Heinstein of the Airwaves: Discovering a Parallel World within Oxford
"Heinstein of the Airwaves' is a late-in-life coming of age story about pushing the boundaries when that's no longer innocent. It's a portrait of a place - Oxford - and the nightmares that lurk among the dreaming spires. It's a picture of a very private person who has a very public shark sticking out of his roof. If you like contradictions, read it. 'Heinstein' is an area where the main character has to dodge virtual bullets from both sides. In twenty years on BBC Radio Oxford Bill has met a fascinating mix of people from world-famous celebrities to passionate local campaigners. Here he brings us the highlights of these meetings. The book is an insight into how a good broadcaster treads the line between challenging his listeners and interviewees and keeping their trust - and that of his employer. It's also an up-close look at the underside of a city more often eulogised than criticised. Bill's view: 'Phillip Pullman created a parallel universe outside of Oxford, I've looked at what we have right here inside Oxford and found it."Buy
J.C. Duvalier en Folle de Marie (J.C. Duvalier as Mad Bride) by Edouard Duval-Carrié
In keeping with the theme of dislocation, I’m also collecting offers on the painting J.C. Duvalier en Folle de Marie by Edouard Duval-Carrie. The piece is a life sized (ca. 245cm x 118cm) painting of Haitian dictator Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier, outfitted in a white wedding dress and holding a gun to his head. It was painted by Edouard Duval-Carrié in 1979 while Baby Doc was still president of Haiti, and carries a strongly subversive political message. The painting was used for the design of the iconic poster titled 'Haiti Libere', which was circulated in Haiti shortly after Baby Doc fled in February 1986. A print of the poster, which was designed using the painting as a template, was exhibited in a Nottingham UK exhibition on Haitian artwork some years back. The painting has been with my family for the past few decades since the piece was acquired by father who knew Edouard personally around that time. It's oil paint on canvas and has been stored out of the light. If this is of interest and you would like to make an offer please feel free to reach out using the contact form on this site.Buy