Unique anthology of words and pictures from 21st century India

A unique anthology of words and pictures from contemporary India has this week been published worldwide in e-book and paperback.

The collection was created by 10 young writers and a roving photographer from all corners of the vast country and published by award-winning editor in the UK.

The book of poetry, prose, and black & white photography captures modern life and humanity in Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Jaipur, Bhiwandi, Cuttack, Kerala and elsewhere.

The project took eight months to complete, with all contributors working through the pandemic lockdown restrictions. Two members of the team were hospitalised during this period but are now both fully recovered.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism multi award-winning editor Nic Outterside set up his own publishing house Time is an Ocean in 2017.

Nic said: “I began editing and publishing books by Indian writers right from the outset of my company.

“A highlight was the widely acclaimed Asian Voices anthology in early 2019, which included 20 writers from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“The idea of doing something more current and focused by young people from India came from one of the readers Neelakshi Sharma from Jaipur.

“Neelakshi was just 17 and still at school when she shared her idea. Now she has followed it through over 22 months to publication.”

Spiced Dreams and Scented Schemes has been a true labour of love and I hope everyone who buys our book revels at the diverse writing and the wonderful photography.”

Inspirational student Neelakshi says: “Working with Nic and all these amazing poets and a very talented photographer was something I never imagined. I am beyond happy to be a part of this book.”

Bhavani Krishna, a computer graduate and published author from Chennai in south east India added: “I always wanted to work with Nic after reading Asian Voices and when I got the chance to be a part of this anthology, it’s nothing less than a dream come true moment for me.”

Ayesha Saleem, 20, an English Literature and Philosophy student from Bhiwandi, near Mumbai said: “It has been a great experience to work with Nic and the other Indian poets. I am grateful to be a part of this successful project which we all worked so hard towards.”

Rachel Vincent, 23, an editor and writer from Delhi said: “I have loved working with people from all different cultures and backgrounds and am obliged and overwhelmed for an opportunity to be published internationally.”

Arpita Priyadarsini, a 21-year-old statistics graduate from Cuttack in eastern India added: “It was an amazing experience as I got to work with Nic for the second time. “This book is really close to my heart and we all have tried our best to bring forward everything that will touch your hearts and leave an impact on your life.”

Economics graduate Trijya Garg from Ghaziabad said: “I am a 26-year-old dreamer, and this book has been better than my wildest dreams that have come true. I am humbled to be one of the Indian daughters that poured her heart and soul into words in this book.”

Yusrah Shaikh, an English Literature undergraduate from Bhiwandi said: “I’m honoured to be included in this beautiful book. Through this anthology I got to know many other poets in my own country. It was such a great experience to be part of this.”

Deblina Bhattacharya, 21, an undergraduate student of English literature and published author from Kolkata said: “It has been my immense pleasure to have been a part of this anthology as well as this incredibly supportive community.

“Working with Nic, who has been a long-time friend and the young poets from all over India has been a highly cherished experience.

“I almost missed out on this opportunity when I was abruptly hospitalised amidst all the proceedings, and there wasn’t a day I didn’t cry to have it back.

“It seems it was fate who brought me back to this amazing book once again, a book that is a dream come true; a collection shaped by our struggles, tears, blood and sweat, and our indomitable hope.”

Spiced Dreams and Scented Schemes is available as 6”x9” large format paperback and as a Kindle e-book from most Amazon global portals:

Paperback priced at $8.23 (602 IR) (£5.99)

www.amazon.com/dp/B0917T8PK2

Kindle e-book priced at $4.11 (300 IR) (£2.99)

www.amazon.in/dp/B0916FQX9P

Utah poet and artist is part of new global series of poetry books

A US poet, artist and home carer has penned the fourth book in a new worldwide series of affordable cutting-edge poetry books.

Spanish born Jairo Dealba (30) who lives in Utah, said he was delighted that his book Sonnets was chosen to help kick start the international series.

It’s the thrill and an honour to have my own book of sonnets published alongside so many highly regarded international poets,” he added.

UK based publisher Nic Outterside’s Cast Iron Poetry series aims to recreate the world-famous City Lights publications of the 1950s and 60s; in an effort to make printed poetry affordable for everyone.

The new series of books, which retail at just £3.50 each (US$4.88), include the work of contributors from places as diverse as New York, Kolkata, Oklahoma, Austria, Paris, Miami, Chennai, Delhi, London, Merseyside and California.

The books will be published world-wide at regular five-week intervals throughout the year, in a not-for-profit venture.

More than 60 years ago, set against a post-war US government, the City Lights Pocket Poets books shared the counter-culture thoughts of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and others to millions of people who believed their own voices were unheard.

Apart from Ginsberg’s seven collections, many of the early Pocket Poets volumes have attained the status of classics. These include: True Minds by Marie Ponsot (1957), Golden Sardine by Bob Kaufman (1969) and Revolutionary Letters by Diane di Prima (1971).

Now Cast Iron Poetry hopes to do the same for writers in this third decade of the 21st century.

Even the simple monochrome design of the book jackets mirror the early City Lights publications.

The first book in the series – published in November 2020 – was penned by Nic himself and titled Reality Cornflakes in a deliberate homage to Ginsberg’s 1963 pocketbook Reality Sandwiches.

The second book A Moon Magnetized This Screeching Bird by revered New York poet A.i. Firefly ensured that the Cast Iron Poetry series had an early global feel and the third book The Arbitrary Fractals of and Oracle by Merseyside poet Cassie Fielding added a surreal aspect to the series.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism award winning editor Nic took early retirement in 2013.

In 2015, he set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and Sonnets is his 19th published book. The book includes a short eulogy Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the founder of City Lights, who sadly died as Sonnets was going to press.

Nic said: “The idea for these books came after random discussions with other writers and editors, and suddenly we had a global team of like-minded creative artists.

“None of us will make any money from this venture. The £3.50 UK price point just about covers printing and publishing costs. Cast Iron Poetry is a true labour of love to make modern printed poetry affordable to all.”

Sonnets and other books in the Cast Iron Poetry series are all available as (5”x8”) pocket paperbacks.

Priced at £3.50 (US$4.88) (CDN$6.21) (e4.05) from most Amazon global portals:

St Helens writer forms part of new worldwide poetry series

A Merseyside writer, single mum and home educator has penned the third book in a new worldwide series of affordable cutting-edge poetry books.

Cassie Fielding (40) from St Helens, said she was ecstatic that her book The Arbitrary Fractals of and Oracle was chosen to help kick start the international series.

It’s the thrill of a lifetime to have my own book of surrealistic poetry published alongside so many highly regarded international poets,” she added.

Wolverhampton based publisher Nic Outterside’s Cast Iron Poetry series aims to recreate the world-famous City Lights publications of the 1950s and 60s; in an effort to make printed poetry affordable for everyone.

The new series of books, which retail at just £3.50 each, include the work of contributors from places as diverse as New York, Utah, Oklahoma, Austria, Paris, India, Miami, London and California.

The books will be published world-wide at regular five-week intervals throughout the year, in a not-for-profit venture.

More than 60 years ago, set against a post-war US government, the City Lights Pocket Poets books shared the counter-culture thoughts of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and others to millions of people who believed their own voices were unheard by the mainstream politics of the time.

Apart from Ginsberg’s seven collections, many of the early Pocket Poets volumes have attained the status of classics. These include: True Minds by Marie Ponsot (1957), Golden Sardine by Bob Kaufman (1969) and Revolutionary Letters by Diane di Prima (1971)

Now Cast Iron Poetry hopes to do the same for writers in this third decade of the 21st century.

Even the simple monochrome design of the book jackets mirror the early City Lights publications.

The first book in the series – published in November 2020 – was penned by Nic himself and titled Reality Cornflakes in a deliberate homage to Ginsberg’s 1963 pocketbook Reality Sandwiches.

The second book A Moon Magnetized This Screeching Bird by revered New York poet A.i. Firefly ensured that the Cast Iron Poetry series had an early global feel.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism award winning editor Nic took early retirement in 2013.

In 2015, he set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and the Cast Iron Poetry.

The Arbitrary Fractals of and Oracle is his 18th published book.

Nic said: “The idea for these books came after random discussions with some of the poets who took part in my earlier anthologies. “They in turn introduced me to others and suddenly we had a global team of like-minded cutting-edge writers.

“Then to get the brilliant Cassie Fielding to pen the third book was a fantastic bonus.

“None of us will make any money from this venture. The £3.50 price point just about covers printing and publishing costs. Cast Iron Poetry is a true labour of love to make modern printed poetry affordable to all.”

Reality Cornflakes, A Moon Magnetized this Screeching Bird and The Arbitrary Fractals of an Oracle are all available as (5”x8”) pocket paperbacks.

Priced at £3.50 from Amazon.co.uk

www.amazon.co.uk/Reality-Cornflakes-Cast-Iron-Poetry/dp/B08NM4XTGQ/

www.amazon.co.uk/Moon-Magnetized-This-Screeching-Bird/dp/B08RH4521J/

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08VYFJS39/

Bereaved daughter releases stunning book of poetry and photos in tribute to her father

A bereaved young woman has published a unique book of poetry and photographs as part of her eight-year long process of understanding the loss of her dad.

The book Dissect my Fragile Brain by Londoner Kim Yudelowitz, 24, explores human grief in three stages: Loss, Love and Life.

Kim was just 16 when her beloved father and well-known dentist Leor, 57, died from cancer in 2013.

His death hit the whole family hard and after seeking help and support from grief counsellors, Kim began her own homage to her father which involved exhibitions of photographic art-work, public speaking and writing reams of intense personal poetry.

She did most of this while completing her A’Levels at JFS and studying for an honours degree in Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University Of London.

“Poetry has been my way of channelling my emotions and dealing with the significant loss of my dad. Writing is therapeutic for me and allows me to visualise my emotions by writing them down and having them eternally in writing for everyone to read and know how much I love my dad,” says Kim of Mill Hill in North West London.

Now she has compiled a heart-rending book as a culmination of her homage.

The book has been edited and published by Wolverhampton based editor Nic Outterside

After 28 years in newspaper and magazine journalism Nic took early retirement in 2013. During those years he scooped more than a dozen major press awards and in 2016 was awarded an honorary doctorate for his services to written journalism.

Following retirement Nic set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and Dissect my Fragile Brain is his seventeenth paperback publication.

Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.

Nic said: “It has been one of the joys of my editing life to work together with Kim on this project.

“Everyone experiences loss and grief at some point in their lives. But to have that happen while still a young teenager is particularly hard.

“But for Kim to turn that loss to something so positive is remarkable. Her book is truly a thing of beauty.”

Kim added: “Working with Nic has been a wonderful experience. As someone who hopes to pursue a career in book publishing it has been amazing to be so present in the putting together of my book. I just hope people read my words and gain more clarity on the concept of grief and start conversing more about losing loved ones and ending the taboo around speaking about death.”

Dissect my Fragile Brain isavailable as a paperback book priced at £7.99 from Amazon portals worldwide.

A formal launch of the book will take place on 12th March – the anniversary of Leor’s death.

www.amazon.co.uk/Dissect-My-Fragile-Brain-Poems/dp/B08SGWD3Q5/

Former newspaper editor recreates 1950s counter culture with series of new books

A unique series of affordable cutting-edge poetry books has been launched by a retired regional newspaper editor.

Award-winning editor Nic Outterside’s Cast Iron Poetry series aims to recreate the world-famous City Lights publications of the 1950s and 60s; in an effort to make printed poetry affordable for everyone.

The new series of books, which retail at just £3.50 each, include the work of contributors from places as diverse as New York, Oklahoma, Austria, India, Utah, London, Rotterdam, California and Merseyside.

The books will be published world-wide at regular six-week intervals throughout the year in a not-for-profit venture.

More than 60 years ago, set against a post-war right wing US government, the City Lights Pocket Poets books shared the counter-culture thoughts of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and others to millions of people who believed their own voices were unheard by the mainstream politics of the time.

Apart from Ginsberg’s seven collections, many of the early Pocket Poets volumes have attained the status of classics. These include: True Minds by Marie Ponsot (1957), Golden Sardine by Bob Kaufman (1969) and Revolutionary Letters by Diane di Prima (1971)

Now Cast Iron Poetry hopes to do the same for writers in this third decade of the 21st century.

Even the simple monochrome design of the book jackets mirror the early City Lights publications.

The first book in the series – published in November 2020 – was penned by Nic himself and titled Reality Cornflakes in a deliberate homage to Ginsberg’s 1963 pocketbook Reality Sandwiches.

Now the second book A Moon Magnetized This Screeching Bird by New York poet A.i. Firefly has ensured that the Cast Iron Poetry already has a global feel.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism Nic took early retirement in 2013.

During those years he scooped more than a dozen major press awards, including Scottish Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Weekly Journalist of the Year and North of England Daily Journalist of the Year, and in 2016 was awarded an honorary doctorate for his services to written journalism.

Nic edited The Argyllshire Advertiser, The Buchan Observer, The Galloway Gazette and the Denbighshire Free Press.

In 2015, he set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and the Cast Iron Poetry books are his 15th and 16th publications.

Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.

The Wolverhampton-based editor said: “The idea for these books came after random discussions with some of the poets who took part in my earlier anthologies. “They in turn introduced me to others and suddenly we had a global team of like-minded cutting-edge writers.

“Then to get the brilliant A.i. Firefly (a veteran of the New York poetry scene) to pen the second book was a fantastic bonus.

“None of us will make any money from this venture. The £3.50 price point just about covers printing and publishing costs. Cast Iron Poetry is a true labour of love to make modern printed poetry affordable to all.”

The third book in the series The Arbitrary Fractals of an Oracle by Merseyside based surrealist poet Cassie Fielding is due to be published in mid February.

Reality Cornflakes and A Moon Magnetized this Screeching Bird are both available as (5”x8”) pocket paperbacks

Priced at £3.50 from Amazon.co.uk

www.amazon.co.uk/Reality-Cornflakes-Cast-Iron-Poetry/dp/B08NM4XTGQ/

Unique new book of American and English poetry is published worldwide

A unique new book of poetry and photography from 10 different locations across North America and England is published this week as a paperback.

Western Skies includes the work of contributors from places as diverse as Oklahoma, Utah, Norfolk and Merseyside.

Among the writers are a harbour master from Miami, the CEO of a vegan organics business in California, an ICU nurse from Saskatchewan, a jazz guitarist from Oregon and a teaching assistant from Cumbria.

The stunning front cover image, and many photographs inside the book were taken by a student teacher from Shropshire, England.

The whole project has been edited and published by award winning editor Nic Outterside.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism Nic set up his own independent UK publishing house Time is an Ocean in 2015. Western Skies is his 14th paperback publication. Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.

Wolverhampton-based Nic said: “This book has been a dream from start to finish.

“The 5,500 mile geographical distance between the 10 contributors has never been a problem as we have communicated almost daily via the wonders of modern technology and social media.

“Everyone involved has already had their work previously published in some form. Now here the sheer diversity and quality of their new submissions shines through on every page.

“The closeness and mutual respect means we have become almost like a family.

“Western Skies is truly wonderful and sets a new benchmark for any book which now follows,” he added.

Western Skies is published worldwide as a large format paperback book on Monday 19th October.

A Kindle e-book version will be available later this month.

Western Skies is available as a (6”x9”) paperback

Priced at £8.99 from Amazon.co.uk

Priced US$11.61 from Amazon.com

Priced CA$15.35 from Amazon.ca

New book tells of a veteran journalist’s 100 encounters with celeb’s and the famous

A stunning new book by a retired print journalist lifts the lid on half a century of close encounters with so-called celebrities.

The Man’s a Tart and Other Stories by multi award winning journalist Nic Outterside details his 50 year journey through life, meeting the famous and infamous, celebs and non celebs, lovable and poisonous, beautiful and ugly.

All the while peppered with unexpected communication breakdowns, weird reactions and audacious name-dropping along the way.

From England cricketer Tony Greig coyly asking for a packet of condoms to American TV actor Kirstie Alley struggling to pronounce the name of a Scottish island, the world of celebrity is fully exposed in all its mundane and sometimes hilarious glory.

Among other notable encounters are: the day Nic poured a large glass of whisky down former Prime Minister Edward Heath’s Savile Row suit, his “bite my tongue” interview with fellow PM Tony Blair, meeting musical hero Lou Reed in a London hotel lift, a fireside chat with his Olympic hero Steve Ovett and sharing sleeping arrangements with David Bowie’s former cohort Dana Gillespie.

The title of the book comes from Nic attending the wedding of a famous sporting star and mishearing another journalist’s description of the groom.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism Nic Outterside took early retirement in 2013.

During those years he scooped more than a dozen major press awards, including Scottish Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Weekly Journalist of the Year, North of England Daily Journalist of the Year, and in 1994 was given a Judges’ Special Award for Investigative Journalism.

In 2015, Nic set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and his new book The Man’s a Tart and Other Stories is his 13th paperback publication. Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.

Wolverhampton-based Nic said: “The idea for this book came to me earlier this year while piecing together material for my previous publication Contacts, which was a collection of 18 investigations I undertook as an investigative reporter.

“It was a true labour of love, but also bloody hard work and at times the tome is quite heavy on detail.

“Then while proofing the manuscript I realised how privileged I was to also enjoy so many light-hearted moments meeting and interviewing famous people during my life.

“In some ways The Man’s a Tart is a companion piece to Contacts, but it also a stand-alone romp through the funny and ridiculous,” he added.

The Man’s a Tart and Other Stories is now available worldwide both as large format paperback book and as a Kindle e-book.

The Man’s a Tart and Other Stories is available as a (6”x9”) paperback priced at £8.99 from Amazon.

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08KH2JJL7/

It is also available as Kindle e-book priced at £4.99.

www.amazon.co.uk/Mans-Tart-Nic-Outterside-ebook/dp/B08K9CL5RD/

Prices of award-winning writer’s first three poetry books slashed in lockdown sale

Award-winning UK writer Nic Outterside has reduced the prices of his first three poetry books by and average of 22% as part of a global lockdown sale.

Multi award-winning author, editor and poet Nic Outterside quit a star-studded 28 year career in journalism following a nervous breakdown in June 2013.

He began the slow road to recovery under the watchful eyes of his doctor and the support of his family. Part of the suggested therapy was for him to begin writing and talking about his life experiences.

His first paperback book The Hill – Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light, published in November 2014, was met with international acclaim and the first 1,000 print edition sold out.

In 2018, he published its sequel Another Hill – Songs and Poems of Love and Theft, which also received rave reviews.

Then earlier this year, at the helm of his own publishing house Time is an Ocean, Nic wrote and published: Hot Metal – Poems from the Print Room.

“The trilogy reflects the real me that emerged over seven years from that breakdown in 2013 and some 27 years since my first early attempts at poetry in 1993,” he says.

These books are a litany of love, loss, angst and observation fermented with ideas that swam around my head over all those years.

Now all three books are available at new sale prices, giving buyers an average saving of 22%.

The Hill – Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light is available as a large format paperback from Ebay at a reduced price of £1.50 ($1.98) (formerly £3.99)

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Hill-Songs-and-Poems-of-Darkness-and-Light-Nic-Outterside-Paperback/223163293082

Another Hill – Songs and Poems of Love and Theft is available as a large format paperback from Amazon at a reduced price of £6.99 ($8.91) (formerly £7.99)

www.amazon.co.uk/Another-Hill-Songs-Poems-Theft-ebook/dp/B07CXYJTV4/

www.amazon.com/Another-Hill-Songs-Poems-Theft/dp/1796807575/

Hot Metal – Poems from the Print Room is available as a large format paperback from Amazon at a reduced price of £6.99 ($8.91) (formerly £7.99)

www.amazon.co.uk/Hot-Metal-Poems-Print-Room/dp/166168064X/

www.amazon.com/Hot-Metal-Poems-Print-Room/dp/166168064X/

ALL books are also available as Kindle e-books direct from all Amazon outlets.

New book of Establishment conspiracies and cover-ups published worldwide…

Includes:

Radioactive contamination in Wales and Scotland

The Masonic link behind the Dunblane Massacre

The 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease cover-up

The death of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed

Depleted Uranium tank shells and cancer

Deadly weapons dumped in the Irish Sea

The VIP paedophile cover-up

Thatcher’s plan to nuke Cordoba

The Skripal and Litvinenko conspiracies

A sensational new book by a retired investigative journalist lifts the lid on 18 of his award-winning investigations into Establishment conspiracies, cover-ups and corruption.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism Nic Outterside took early retirement in 2013. During those years he scooped more than a dozen major press awards, including Scottish Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Weekly Journalist of the Year, North of England Daily Journalist of the Year, and in 1994 was given a Judges’ Special Award for Investigative Journalism. That same year, 53 MPs signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, praising his enquiries into a link between the firing of Depleted Uranium (DU) artillery shells and Gulf War Syndrome and cancer.

In 2015, Nic set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and his new book Contacts – Collusion, Cover-up, Conspiracy and Corruption is his 12th paperback publication. Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.

Now Contacts pulls together 18 of Nic’s newspaper investigations, including a likely masonic conspiracy behind the Dunblane Massacre of 1996 and the deselection of a Conservative parliamentary candidate; life threatening leaks of radiation at nuclear facilities in North Wales and Scotland; the death of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed, the dumping of deadly war-time munitions in the Irish Sea; the truth behind the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic and the aforementioned Depleted Uranium investigation.

Wolverhampton-based Nic said: “The idea for this book came to me last year while sorting through old newspaper cuttings and I suddenly realised just how many investigations I had broken over the years.

“Each of the chapters is a separate story, starting in 1990 with my exposure of deadly radioactive contamination of workers at Trawsfynydd nuclear power plant in North Wales and ending with a post retirement piece investigating the poisonings of former Russian spies Alexander Litvinenko and Sergei Skripal.

“The book is a culmination of 30 years research, 30 consecutive days writing and almost six months of editing, revising and proofing. Labour of love is an over-used cliché, but after spending most of my life as an investigative journalist, this really is the culmination.”

Contacts is now available worldwide both as large format paperback book and as a Kindle e-book.

Contacts is available as a (6”x9”) paperback priced at £10.99 (Free Delivery) from Amazon.

It is also available as Kindle e-book priced at £3.99.

New book of Establishment conspiracies and cover-ups now published worldwide

A sensational new book by a retired investigative journalist lifts the lid on 18 of his award-winning investigations into Establishment conspiracies, cover-ups and corruption.

After 28 years in UK newspaper and magazine journalism Nic Outterside took early retirement in 2013. During those years he scooped more than a dozen major press awards, including Scottish Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Weekly Journalist of the Year, North of England Daily Journalist of the Year, and in 1994 was given a Judges’ Special Award for Investigative Journalism. That same year, 53 MPs signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, praising his enquiries into a link between the firing of Depleted Uranium (DU) artillery shells and Gulf War Syndrome and cancer.

In 2015, Nic set up his own publishing house – Time is an Ocean – and his new book Contacts – Collusion, Cover-up, Conspiracy and Corruption is his 12th paperback publication. Two earlier books – Death in Grimsby and Bones both became Amazon best-sellers.

Now Contacts pulls together 18 of Nic’s newspaper investigations, including a likely masonic conspiracy behind the Dunblane Massacre of 1996 and the deselection of a Conservative parliamentary candidate; life threatening leaks of radiation at nuclear facilities in North Wales and Scotland; the death of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed, the dumping of deadly war-time munitions in the Irish Sea; the truth behind the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic and the aforementioned Depleted Uranium investigation.

Wolverhampton-based Nic said: “The idea for this book came to me last year while sorting through old newspaper cuttings and I suddenly realised just how many investigations I had broken over the years.

“Each of the chapters is a separate story, starting in 1990 with my exposure of deadly radioactive contamination of workers at Trawsfynydd nuclear power plant in North Wales and ending with a post retirement piece investigating the poisonings of former Russian spies Alexander Litvinenko and Sergei Skripal.

“The book is a culmination of 30 years research, 30 consecutive days writing and almost six months of editing, revising and proofing. Labour of love is an over-used cliché, but after spending most of my life as an investigative journalist, this really is the culmination.”

Contacts is now available worldwide both as large format paperback book and as a Kindle e-book.

Contacts is available as a (6”x9”) paperback priced at £10.99 (Free Delivery) from Amazon.

It is also available as Kindle e-book priced at £3.99.