Heaven Has No Guns

Heaven Has No Guns


An unusual, documentary-style novel, set against actual historical events between 1982 and 2010, lightly disguised as science fiction. 

It tells of two people, an Englishman and an American girl, who first meet and fall in love during the economic recession of 1982 and find themselves facing the harsh realities of peace, war and the politics between. Ambition, greed and corruption form the political backdrop to a story of three decades along a chain of three global recessions and the conquest of two nations, one employing the most sophisticated weaponry of war, the other surreptitious, not a shot being fired. 

The couple’s passionate affair has lasting spiritual and sexual dimensions, but suffers a surprise and unwelcome intervention from a terrifying, apparently inanimate, source outside normal experience.

ISBN: 9781852001421 

Size: 217x140mm 

Binding: hardback 

Length: 182pp

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About the author:

John Groves

Born in London’s East End in 1926, and later a survivor of the wartime Blitz there, the author joined the United Kingdom Post Office at the age of fourteen. 

Serving nearly four years in the Grenadier Guards, he returned to civilian life and progressed through various Departments of Government, specialising in information services, publicity and the media. 

After a short sabbatical, working and studying in Hollywood, USA, he returned to the Post Office, long recognised as a qualified PR specialist in films and broadcasting. Liaising with virtually every news and documentary programme on the air, from Blue Peter to Panorama, he also became, in the late 1960s and early 70s, Government media spokesman on national broadcasting policy, much involved in the great new innovations of colour television, Channel Four, Radio One and local radio. He trained top Post Office management in interviewing skills, between-whiles helping to launch National Girobank, the new concept of postcodes, and working on the separation of BT from the parent company. Accelerated promotion to Deputy Director of Public Relations for the entire United Kingdom Post Office, then arguably the largest business in Britain, rounded off 40 years in public service. His career continued as a professional PR consultant and City correspondent. 

His first novel, The Carapace, appeared in 1991, followed by Naked Heaven, Naked Earth, a controversial book of prose and poetry on a theme of environmental philosophy. His first paperback was an anthology, Poetry on Purpose, which appeared in 1994, paving the way, in 1996, for The Chocolate Sword, an anthology of seventy new poems, published in his 70th year. The Learning Curve of Love, 100 new poems for the Millennium, completed the cycle in 1999. 

The MCC at Lord’s gave special prominence to his work in their first anthology of cricket verse, published by Methuen in 2004.