Luke Bitmead studied at Radley College before going on to the University of Reading where he took a B.A. in philosophy.
He travelled extensively, living and working in Hong Kong, Australia and Uruguay and spending long periods in South East Asia.
Not the career type, he worked in video and records stores, as an electrician, as a roofer, as a TEFL teacher and, most glamorously, as a forecourt attendant, always making new friends wherever he went with his friendly outgoing nature.
Luke was a lover of the arts. He was a talented musician and he played the drums in many bands since school, most recently for a rock band called The Space Between in Oxford. His favourite film was Sideways. His favourite novel was High Fidelity by Nick Hornby and his favourite food was Thai, of which he was an excellent cook.
Originally from Wiltshire, Luke lived in Gloucestershire from 1998 where much of WHITE SUMMER is set, before moving to Summertown, in Oxford in May 2006. He was working on several sequels to WHITE SUMMER and setting up an independent film production company, Triple Threat Films before his tragic death on 27th October 2006 aged 34 years.
Luke's wonderful sense of humour and compassionate nature touched the hearts of so many people he met during his life. His funeral, held on Friday 10th November at St Peter's Church in Southrop, Gloucestershire, the village that had been his home since 1998, was attended by hundreds of friends and well wishers of all ages from all walks of life. A treasured son, brother and now uncle, he will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched.
PUBLICATION OF A NEW NOVEL: 'HEADING SOUTH' - released on 26th May 2007
We are pleased to announce that Legend Press has published another of Luke's works. HEADING SOUTH, a fast-paced romantic comedy written by Luke in conjunction with Catherine Richards was released on 26th May 2007. The lively launch party on 24th May at Crockatt and Powell in Waterloo, London proved to be a vibrant celebration of Luke's and Catherine's wit and talent, with fantastic support from many of Luke's family, friends and admirers of his writing who all came along.
Luke met Catherine through the BBC Writers Forum. Their book was written purely through email and phone correspondence, with the two writers sadly never meeting, as they had held back their meeting as an original way to promote the book once it was published. The novel is split into two narratives detailing the relationship between Nick and Cassie, set against the backdrop of the Cotswold countryside with which Luke was so familiar. Always one to challange the norm, Luke chose to write the part of Carrie while Catherine wrote the male character, Nick. Luke's studies as a philosophy graduate are evident through Cassie's beautifully observed reflections on the trials of life.
Further details about this new release can be found under 'Recent Publications' and at www.legendpress.co.uk where orders can be made.