I have felt like a proper writer for some time, and up until this year, had two ISBN numbered books to my name, (Life without Jargon, Choice Press 1996 and Rapture and what comes after, Gumbo Press 2014). However, although I’m extremely proud of both, I haven’t really felt like a proper author because of the small circulation.
That has all changed this year, the year I’m having not one but three books published.
‘Reclaiming the Common Good’ is an essay collection which I’ve edited, was published by Darton, Longman and Todd in August. The book brings together the thoughts of 13 Christian writers, including myself and tackles issues such as welfare, austerity, migration, environment and peace and security. It identifies where the sense of the common good has been lost and how it might be recaptured. While it is drawn from a faith perspective, I hope it has something to say to everyone, regardless of belief or political persuasion, about the state of the world we live in, and how it could be better.
My long awaited novel (well long awaited by me at any rate) ‘Echo Hall’ will be out in Kindle and print, on 30th November. I can’t tell you how exciting this is! The book is being serialised at the minute by The Pigeonhole and it is absolutely thrilling to read alongside readers and hear their thoughts which have been overwhelmingly positive so far. Additionally, my lovely book club, The Cowley Consonants were kind enough to review it, so I’ve made a little video of their thoughts to whet your appetite. The book will have its official launch at 7pm on November 30th at The Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Walton Well Street, Oxford, all are very welcome.
Finally, I’m delighted to announce that on the same day, my Lent Course, ‘Nothing More and Nothing Less’ which is based round the film, ‘I, Daniel Blake’ will also be published by Darton, Longmann and Todd. While this is only likely to be of interest to a sub-section of my readers, I am dead chuffed to have been commissioned to do this very important course, which highlights a major injustice being perpetrated by our government on the people who most need our help. And I’m hugely honoured that Paul Laverty the screenplay writer, has offered some kind words at the beginning and Sixteen Films have allowed us to use their iconic image for the front cover. It may not be for you, but if you know anyone who you think might like it, please do spread the word.
All of this means I finally have an Amazon books page. And I understand enough of the way the world works to know that I will rely on Amazon for sales, and reviews. (Please do consider reviewing all of the above if you like them, or even if you don’t. Honest reviews matter to me!)
However, I am passionate about bookshops and if you, like me want to support them, I would ask you to consider buying via your local bookstore. Or if not via Hive, who donate to local book stores for every copy sold.
Here’s a (not exhaustive) list of some fabulous bookshops you can order from:
The Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Walton Well Street, Jericho, Oxford
Big Green Bookshop 1 Brampton Park Rd, Wood Green, London N22 6BG
Blackwells 48-51, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ
Booka Bookshop Oswestry, 26- 28 Church Street Oswestry Shropshire SY11 2SP
The Book Hive 53 London Street Norwich Norfolk NR2 1HL 01603 219268
Bookish 18 High Street , Crickhowell,Powys , NP8 1BD Tel: 01873 811256
Bookseller Crow on the Hill 50, Westow Street, London, SE19 3AF
The Bookshop Kibworth 52, High Street, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire, LE8 OHQ 0116 2791121
Brendon Books Bath Place, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4ER
Browsers Bookshop 60 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1AL 01394 388890
Camden Lock Books Old Street Station, 4 Saint Agnes Well, Islington, London EC1Y 1BE.(020) 7253 0666
Chapter One Chapter One Books, Chatsworth House, 19 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1BY Tel: 01612780405
The Chepstow Bookshop 13, St Mary Street, Chepstow NP16 5EW.
Chorlton Bookshop 506 Wilbraham Road, M21 9AW
City Books 23,Western Road, Hove, BN3 1AF
Cogito Books 5 St Mary’s Chare, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1NQ 01434 602555
Marylebone: 020 7224 2295
Holland Park : 020 7727 7022
Chelsea : 020 7373 4997
Belsize Park : 020 7794 4006
Hampstead : 020 7794 8206
Cheapside : 020 7248 1117
The Edinburgh Bookshop 219 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DH 0131 447 1917
Falmouth Bookshop Falmouth Bookseller, 21 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall
TR11 3EG, UK+44 (0 )1326 312873
Forum Books Corbridge 20a Watling Street, Corbridge, NE45 5AH
Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh Golden Hare Books, 68 St Stephen St, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ
Holt Bookshop 10 Appleyard, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6AR
Chipping Norton 1 Middle Row, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5NHC
Stow-on-the-Wold 8 Park Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, GL54 1AQ
John Sandoe 10-12 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea,London,SW3 2SR (0)20 7589 9473
Landers Bookshop Ringers Yard, Hall Street, Long Melford, CO10 9JF
Little Acorns Bedlam, 10-16 Pump Street Derry 0044 7776117054
London Review Bookshop 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL (0) 20 7269 9030
The Mainstreet Trading Company, Main Street, St Boswells, TD6 0AT
Mostly Books 36 Stert Street, Abingdon-on-Thames, OX14 3JP – 01235 525880
Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights 14/15 John Street, Bath, BA1 2JL
Much Ado about Books Much Ado Books, 8 West Street, Alfriston, East Sussex
Nantwich Bookshop 46 High Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5AS
News from Nowhere News From Nowhere, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY 0151 708 7270
Ross-on-Wye The Corn Exchange,7 The High Street,Ross-on-Wye,Herefordshire,HR9 5HL
Monmouth 5 Church Street, Monmouth, Monmouthshire, NP25 3BX
Sam Read Bookseller Broadgate House, Grasmere, SA22 9SY 015394 3537
Scarthin Books The Promenade, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3QF 01629 823272
Silver Dell Bookshop 61 Poulton Street, Kirkham, Preston, PR4 2AJ
St Ives Booksellers 2 Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1AB 01736 796676
Bath The Paragon, Bath, Somerset BA1 5LS
Ely 9 High Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire,CB7 4LJ
St Andrews 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9HG
Wadebridge Bookshop 43 Molesworth Street, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7DR, UK.
Waterstones Oxford William Baker House, Broad Street, Oxford
P& G Wells 11 College Street, Winchester, SO23 9LZ
Wenlock Bookshop 12, High Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6AA
Sherborne 8, Cheap Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3PX
Sidmouth 10, High Street, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8EL
Frome 10, Cheap Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BN
White Horse Bookshop 136 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1HW
White Rose Bookshop 79-81 Market Place, Thirsk, Yorkshire, YO7 1ET
Wivenhoe Bookshop 23 High St, Wivenhoe, Colchester,CO7 9BE
Word on the water York Way, Granary Square, N1C 4AA
Wordpower Books 43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 9DB
Urmston Bookshop 72A Flixton Road, Urmston, Manchester, M41 5AB
Ystwyth Books 7 Princess Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 1DX
And there are some more listed here.