Candy Jar Celebrates 50 Years of Radio 1 With Lethbridge-Stewart: ’48 Crash

It’s the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 1 and 2, and to celebrate, Candy Jar Books has announced a Kindle-only short story, ’48 Crash by Mark Carton – and it’s live right now!

The celebratory tribute comes as BBC has revealed plans for a three-day “vintage” digital radio station beginning today (Saturday 30th September). Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, said:

“Having grown up listening to BBC Radio, I’ve been waiting to hear what they had planned for the 50th anniversary of Radio 1. It seemed like a fantastic opportunity to celebrate a British institution that has had such an impact over the years. When Mark suggested that he’d like to write a short story to mark the event, I thought that combining his core idea with the Lethbridge-Stewart range was a no-brainer.”

This weekend sees 50 one-hour themed shows compiled from Radio 1 archive material, featuring DJs from across its entire history, to be broadcast on a sister station, Radio 1 Vintage. To coincide, ’48 Crash is available to buy from Amazon Kindle for only £1.29 – or is completely free, as a PDF, if you purchase The Flaming Soldier novella from the Candy Jar website!

Writer, Mark Carton has been an avid follower of the Lethbridge-Stewart range, and is the author of Candy Jar children’s book, The League of the Red-Nosed Gentlemen. Mark explains:

“The Brig is an iconic part of Doctor Who history, which itself, of course, an iconic part of the BBC’s story too. In tribute to Radio 1’s Birthday, we thought it would be fitting if he returned to the fold, so to speak, to help out Auntie once again! It’s an action-packed tale, and a little irreverent, which we thought was befitting of Radio 1’s ethos. Lethbridge-Stewart must solve a mystery encoded in some of the popular hits of Radio 1’s early days. When the music’s over, does he succeed? I’ll leave that to the readers to find out!”

Shaun continues:

“This celebratory release aligns with our Kindle release of the individual short stories featured in our limited edition HAVOC Files one through three. Each short story will now be available to download from Amazon Kindle individually for £1.29. Customers who previously missed the PDF e-books will be able to read each story in isolation without having to commit to the whole load. This is something we’ve been asked for many times. You ask, we do!”

You can also pre-order a preview copy of the new Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries, announced last month. In our review, we said:

“[T]his book has a cracking pace, plenty of nods to the wider Who universe (without feeling like it must rely on it, as Kate Stewart does in her TV stories, annoyingly), and leaves you wanting to read more. How will The Lucy Wilson Mysteries proceed then? Surely it can’t fall back on the Intelligence for every instalment. If it follows a similar format to The Sarah Jane Adventures, treading new ground as well as respecting the past, that’s certainly a great thing.”

The book is due to be released widely in early 2018, but limited copies are available now from Candy Jar.

Candy Jar Books is also offering an exciting new opportunity for aspiring writers. Launched at the Candy Jar Book Festival in Cardiff this year, the Candy Jar Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Competition invites writers to submit a short story based on the Doctor Who character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. More details about how to submit can be found at the Candy Jar Books Festival website.