A sensational new book by a retired investigative journalist lifts the lid on 18 of his award-winning investigations.
After 28 years in newspaper and magazine journalism Nic Outterside took early retirement in 2013, following a nervous breakdown. 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 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 available as a large format (6”x9”) paperback priced at £10.99 (Free Delivery) from Amazon.
A Kindle e-book edition will be published later this summer.