Jeremiah Bourne in Time

By Nigel Planer

The first book in a new time-travel fantasy trilogy by the comedy legend, Nigel Planer.

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Jump into London in the 1910s (and back again) with your favourite time traveller companion.

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Get all that you need to travel across time in this brilliant collection of Jeremiah Bourne-themed accessories.

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Complete series DVD of Filthy, Rich and Catflap, signed by Nigel Planer.

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Bachelor Boys, The Young Ones book, signed by Nigel Planer.

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Series 1 and 2 of Flithy, Rich and Catflap on VHS, signed by Nigel Planer.

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'Bootleg' Bad News 12” single, signed by Nigel Planer.

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Bad News album on vinyl, signed by Nigel Planer.

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Bad News issue of Kerrang magazine October 1987, signed by Nigel Planer.

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From the former star of The Young Ones and voice of Pratchett’s Discworld novels, Jeremiah Bourne in Time is the first instalment of Nigel Planer’s historical fantasy trilogy: The Time Shard Chronicles. 

Jeremiah Bourne’s mother is a fugitive from the future, and her son, Jeremiah has inherited her ability to travel in time.

In modern day London, 18 year-old Jeremiah lives with his step-dad in a rambling house in Blackfriars, which they are trying to restore. An innocent turn of an old biscuit tin propels Jeremiah into history, specifically into London Bridge in 1910 – the smoggy end of the Edwardian era. Jeremiah has two questions: how did he get there, and how can he get back?

On his quest for answers, he enlists the help of Phyllis Stokes of The Society for Theosophical Research and her equally eccentric brother, Roger Allcott Standish, magistrate, spiritualist, and dedicated nudist. He encounters the sadistic Mr and Mrs Grout and the ruthless Ed Viney, thief, gang member and slitter of throats. Events get increasingly sticky for Jeremiah when he arouses the disapproval of Clementina Quentinbloom, the head of a home for ‘Fallen Girls’ by befriending Daisy Wallace, a girl ahead of her time.

Jeremiah’s movements alert Dr Mandar Vergeelis, the leader of a time travelling monitoring organisation based in the future, who has been searching for his mother for some time now. As she plots to set a trap, Jeremiah’s aunt, Archimeza Plutarch finds herself unwillingly drawn into Jeremiah’s eventful escapades. Not only does Jeremiah have to evade the Blackfriars Breach Brigade who are travelling from the future to capture him, but he also needs to rescue Daisy from a eugenics experiment conducted by the famous “humanitarian” Dr Henry Davenant Hythe, all whilst figuring out his newfound skills.

Who can Jeremiah trust to help him and his new friends? What are the inevitable consequences of meddling with time? And how does the very familiar getaway taxi driver with a missing tooth factor into all the above?

Mixing real history with adventure, Planer’s engrossing tale will catapult you on an exciting journey across London Bridge through the ages, from 1910, to 2019 and on to an imagined future of 2121. Infused with a steampunk vibe, this novel will appeal to readers of speculative fiction and fantasy, particularly fans of Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and Doctor Who novelisations.


Image credits: Design by Mecob. Images: © Shutterstock.com.

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  • Nigel Planer avatar

    Nigel Planer

    Nigel Planer is a British actor, comedian, musician, novelist and playwright.


    Nigel famously played Neil in the BBC comedy The Young Ones and Ralph Filthy in Filthy Rich & Catflap. He has also appeared in many West End musicals, including Evita, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Wicked, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Hairspray. He won a BRIT award in 1984 and has been nominated for Olivier, TMA, WhatsOnStage and BAFTA awards.


    Nigel is the audio book narrator for many of Terry Pratchett's novels, and has appeared in the television adaptations of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather and The Colour of Magic. Planer has also performed as a voice artist in the games Discworld 2 and Discworld Noir. In 2010, Planer played Vorgenson, the only human, in the Arena tour of Doctor Who Live: The Monsters Are Coming!


    Alongside his extensive work, Nigel has published eight books and six plays. Jeremiah Bourne in Time is the first book in his new fantasy triology: The Time Shard Chronicles.

  • Jeremiah picked up the grimy old tin. It was dark blue and covered in a patina of dirt, as if it had been kept above a cooker for decades. He gave it a shake. Sounded like cards or perhaps some other, smaller boxes in there. To open it, he had to wriggle his nails under the lip of the lid. The edge was sharp and it needed some coaxing, pulling first from one side and then the other, until eventually it came away with what almost sounded like a fizz. The air, that had been trapped in there for perhaps a hundred years, wafted out and hit Jeremiah full in the face.

    Have you ever had that sensation when you’re looking for something and you just can’t find it – a cup on a table perhaps, a pair of glasses, or your phone – and then you see that it has been right there in front of you, all along? On that table, unseen, until, at the third or fourth search there it is, fully materialised. Somehow, you had just blanked it. Well, the past is like that. It’s been there all along and then, suddenly, you just notice it for the first time. That’s how it felt when Jeremiah opened that old biscuit tin.

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  • Nigel Planer has written 5 private updates. You can pledge to get access to them all.

    18th May 2022 Oops, sorry if you couldn't open the video

    Here it is again.  Should work this time. N

    22nd January 2022 better link to podcast

    Here's a more full link to the Travelling Through Podcast;     https://www.travellingthrough.co.uk/podcast-1/episode/56e26898/046-london-inherited-memory-and-time-travel-nigel-planer-talks-about-writing-acting-and-travelling 

    22nd January 2022 Travelling Through

    Hello again, and thanks again for supporting Jeremiah Bourne in Time.  Last week I made a walking podcast with Emma Carmichael of 'Travelling Through' (used to be the bookshop on Lower Marsh in Waterloo) We went around South East London and visited several of the locations of Jeremiah Bourne in Time as well as discussing the ideas of inherited memory, morphic resonance, and how the past can leap out…

    15th December 2021 hello again 48%

    Here's another short journey in London's past - 1968 this time.  This week I started an Official Nigel Planer Facebook Fan page. I can't see what's on it because I'm not on Facebook.  No matter, I'm told it's really great and fascinating, and there's a lot of Jeremiah Bourne in Time stuff up there. Ben Hill, a book supporter, offered to run it for me - thanks Ben. I'm already spending too much time…

    29th November 2021 Christmas is coming,

    and at Unbound they're going to be doing some gift pledge cards.   People can buy these cards for £25, £50, £75 and £100 and they can email them to people as presents. The gift cards won't be project specific, in other words people can use them to pledge for anything they like in Unbound.  But I'm hoping that you, my gorgeous supporters, will recommend Jeremiah Bourne in Time to whoever you are giving…

    26th November 2021 BOOKFRIDAY2021

    Just to let you all know that for one day only - today, Friday 26th November - Unbound are offering 25% off all pledges.  The code is BOOKFRIDAY2021  all good here, book is currently at 43%,  thanks to you all  N

    20th November 2021 at 40% so nearly half way there

    Hello again and thanks for supporting Jeremiah Bourne in Time - thanks Michele, thanks David, hope you enjoy it.  There are moments when you see something in London that takes you back in time.  Numinous objects that have the power to transport your imagination.  Or is it your memory that is being transported?  Our memory, our collective memory?...

    19th October 2021 New Video Extract

    Hello again, and hello for the first time to new supporters, and thanks for getting involved with Jeremiah Bourne in Time.  As of today we're at 22% Here's another extract from the book on video.  For the meanwhile these clips are only visible to you lot, I'll release them later.  When I can figure out how the technology works.  So for now enjoy all to yourselves...

    13th October 2021 Hello and here's a little video extract just for you supporters...

    Hello and thank you to everyone who has supported this book so far.  It's been out a week and it's 18% funded thanks to you lot.  I'm glad I brought the book to Unbound, it's a completely different experience. This time I get to talk to the people who actually read the book, might even enjoy it, rather than agents and publishers who are just doing their job.  Do give feedback on how you think it's…

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