Edge of Eternity

Click on a year or event below to reveal an extract from Edge of Eternity, and post your own memories of what you were doing when it happened.


As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War.

Join Ken’s international fan community in a major memory sharing project around Edge of Eternity. Tell us where you were when some of the major events detailed in the book took place and your memory could be printed in a future edition of Edge of Eternity.

Click on a date or event in the timeline to reveal an extract from the book, and post your memory, no more than 300 words as instructed. Everyone who uploads their story will have their stories read by the Pan Macmillan team and have the opportunity to be selected for publication in the paperback and ebook editions of the book. You will also need to leave your email address.Please note, email addresses are needed so that you can be contacted to be told your story has been selected. Your details will not be used for any other purpose unless you ask to hear more from Ken.

1. To enter this initiative you must be 18 years old or over at the time of entry.  There is no geographical restriction for entrants.

2. The initiative is offered by Pan Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited of 4 Crinan Street, London N1 9XW, and Penguin Books 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014-3657 (“the Publishers”).

3. No purchase necessary. To upload your story please visit www.wherewereyouthen.com Submissions will not be accepted via any other means.  The Publishers accept no liability for any lost, damaged or incomplete submissions and all such submissions shall be deemed invalid.   Proof of submission shall not be proof of delivery or receipt. There is no restriction on the number of submissions. Submissions may be from eligible individuals or teams comprised of eligible individuals.  In the case of team entries all team members agree to these terms.

4. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that prior to their story being uploaded they have permission from anybody alive and identifiable who features in the story.

5.  This initiative is ongoing.. Pan Macmillan will continue the activity of facilitating the uploading of stories which will be considered for inclusion in the paperback and second edition ebook whilst the website is live.  The authors of the stories which have been selected for publication will be notified via email by Pan Macmillan staff.

6.  Pan Macmillan will choose a selection from amongst the uploaded memories to be included in a paperback and ebook edition of Edge of Eternity The aim of the selection is to produce varied content – to include memories from different countries and told from different angles. Selection is entirely at the discretion of the Publisher’s editors, whose decision is final.   Any story uploaded may be edited by Pan Macmillan, before being included the paperback and ebook  due for publication in 2015. Entrants of the selected stories will be notified by email no later than September 1st 2015. They will be required to sign a short Contributor’s Agreement with Pan Macmillan in its standard terms prior to and as a condition of publication.

7. By uploading your memory you irrevocably agree to grant to the Sponsors and their respective licensees free of charge, permission to use the material in any way they respectively want in perpetuity (including modifying and adapting it for operational and editorial reasons) and in particular for the purposes of inclusion in the mentioned paperback and ebook edition of Edge of Eternity  or other publications of either of the Publishers from time to time published or made available, and all related promotional purposes in any media worldwide.

8. The Publishers reserve the right not to publish any submitted stories in the paperback and ebook editions if insufficient entries of the correct quality are received

9. Copyright in your memory will remain with you and the licence granted by you to the Publisher is not exclusive, so you can continue to use the material in any way including allowing others to use it consistent with the rights granted to the Publishers under these terms. You waive all moral rights in your contribution.

10. In order that the Publishers can use your story, you confirm that your story is your own original work, is not defamatory and does not infringe any laws, including privacy laws, whether of the UK or elsewhere, or any rights of any third party, that no other person was involved in the creation of your story, that you have the right to give the Publishers and their respective licensees permission to use it for the purposes specified above, that you have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your contribution or the consent of their parent / guardian if they are under 18, and that you agree not to transfer files which contain viruses or any other harmful programs.

11. We normally show your name with your work, unless you request otherwise, but for operational reasons this is not always possible. The Publishers may need to contact you for administrative or verification purposes in relation to your story, or in relation to particular projects.

12.  So far as permitted by applicable law, the Publishers hereby exclude all liability for any loss, damage, cost and expense, whether direct or indirect, howsoever caused in connection with this promotion.

13. If you do not want to grant the Publishers and their respective licensees the permissions set out above on these terms, please do not upload any content to the Where Were You Then project

14. These terms are governed by English law.

15. We have linked to local online retailers wherever possible; however, where that is not possible we have linked to UK retailers