Award winning writer’s tenth release now available in Kindle e-book edition

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SEVEN years after suffering a career ending nervous breakdown, an award-winning journalist-turned-author has now published his tenth paperback as a Kindle e-book.

The book Hot Metal – Poems from the Print Room draws its genesis and inspiration from his years in the newspaper and magazine industry.

Multi award-winning writer Nic Outterside quit his 28 year career in journalism following the 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 has almost sold out.

In 2018, he published its sequel Another Hill – Songs and Poems of Love and Theft.

In between time he also found time to write and publish a slim volume of poems in homage to the songs of his favourite album Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan.

Then at the helm of his own publishing house Time is an Ocean, Nic started editing other people’s books, including a magnum opus Asian Voices and a widely acclaimed Luminance – Words for a World Gone Wrong.

He also wrote and published two Amazon best sellers: Death in Grimsby and Bones.

Now, while completing a huge book of investigative journalism tales (to be published later this spring), Nic has returned to poetry with his new book: Hot Metal – Poems from the Print Room.

He explains its genesis: “In 1993, during my early years in newspaper journalism we would take time out every Thursday afternoon after that week’s paper hit the presses.

“I was chief reporter of an editorial team responsible for putting together the news, sport and features for one of Scotland’s most highly regarded county newspapers: The Galloway Gazette.

“This was our two hour sojourn before we began planning the following week’s edition. It was a time to escape from “Cow Halts Traffic on A75”, “Young Mum Guilty of Shoplifting at Woolworths” and similar stories to find solace and creativity in my self-centred pastime of poetry.

“So I would sit, with a mug of coffee in my hand and scribble some ideas, a few lines, and if I was particularly creative maybe a whole poem. The poems would never be read by anyone else… it was my secret hobby.

“Then by the end of last year, I suddenly realised I had more than enough poems to fill yet another book!

“They reflect the real me that has emerged seven years on from that breakdown and 27 years since those first doodles on a Thursday afternoon at the Galloway Gazette.

The book is a litany of love, loss and angst fermented with the ideas that swam around my head all those years ago.”

Hot Metal – Poems from the Print Room was released as a large format paperback from Amazon priced £7.99 ($10.42) on 20 January.

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Now nine days later it is also available as a Kindle e-book priced just £2.99 ($3.90) (279IR)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hot-Metal-Poems-Print-Room-ebook/dp/B0848R591F/

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Notes:

  1. Nic Outterside is an award-winning editor, journalist and author. Among more than a dozen awards to his name are North of England Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Weekly Journalist of the Year, Scottish Daily Journalist of the Year and a special national award for investigative journalism. He was twice editor of Weekly Newspaper of the Year. In 2016 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in written journalism.
  2. During his career, Nic was editor of The Argyllshire Advertiser, The Buchan Observer, The Galloway Gazette and the Denbighshire Free Press.

37 Labour MPs Walked Away with Syrian Blood on Their Hands

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More than half the Labour members who voted to bomb Syria in 2015 are no longer Labour MPs

ONE post-election revelation may surprise members and supporters of the Labour Party.

Just seven days after the General Election defeat it can be revealed that 37 of the 66 Labour MPs (56%) who supported David Cameron’s demand to bomb Syria in a Commons Motion on 2nd December 2015 are NO LONGER Labour MPs.

They have quite literally walked away from responsibility with the death of thousands on their hands.

The 2015 debate and vote on whether to extend British bombing of Isis into Syria was high profile and controversial for many reasons.

Labour MPs were given a free vote and allowed to vote according to their views. Most – including the majority of the Shadow Cabinet – opposed the bombing, in line with Jeremy Corbyn.

David Cameron won the Syria airstrikes vote by majority of 174.

But 66 Labour MPs voted with the Conservatives in support of the strikes. When the votes were counted MPs voted 397 to 223 in favour of sending RAF Tornados into the skies over Syria.

Corbyn was forced by divisions in his party to give his MPs a free vote, and a majority of his MPs and nearly half the shadow cabinet opposed the airstrikes.

But his foreign affairs spokesman, Hilary Benn, prompted applause from the Government benches when he gave an impassioned speech in favour of the bombing.

The debate was one of the first tests of Corbyn’s leadership and the voting publically showed those MPs who were prepared to go against him.

The bombing of Syria by US and UK planes between 2014 and 2019 has led to over 14,000 deaths on the ground – including an estimated 3,800 innocent civilians.

Now, exactly four years since that controversial House of Commons vote, it can be revealed that more than half of those pro bombing Labour MPs have gone.

While 10 of them lost their seats in last week’s General Election, the other 27 left Labour for other opportunities either in business or as members of centrist neo-liberal parties.

The full list is:

  1. Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  2. Alan Campbell (Tynemouth)
  3. Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West & Hessle) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  4. Alison McGovern (Wirral South)
  5. Angela Eagle (Wallasey)
  6. Angela Smith (Penistone and Stocksbridge) LEFT FOR TIG
  7. Anna Turley (Redcar) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  8. Ann Coffey (Stockport) LEFT FOR CHANGE UK
  9. Ben Bradshaw (Exeter)
  10. Bridget Phillipson (Houghton & Sunderland South)
  11. Caroline Flint (Don Valley) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  12. Colleen Fletcher (Coventry North East)
  13. Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
  14. Chris Leslie (Nottingham East) LEFT FOR TIG
  15. Chuka Umunna (Streatham) LEFT FOR TIG
  16. Conor McGinn (St Helens North)
  17. Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central)
  18. Emma Reynolds (Wolverhampton North East) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  19. Frank Field (Birkenhead) LEFT TO BE INDEPENDENT
  20. Gareth Thomas (Harrow West)
  21. Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  22. Gloria De Piero (Ashfield) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  23. George Howarth (Knowsley)
  24. Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  25. Graham Jones (Hyndburn) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  26. Harriet Harman (Camberwell & Peckham)
  27. Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2018
  28. Helen Jones (Warrington North) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  29. Hilary Benn (Leeds Central)
  30. Holly Lynch (Halifax)
  31. Ian Austin (Dudley North) LEFT TO TAKE UP JOB WITH THE TORIES
  32. Jamie Reed (Copeland) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  33. Jenny Chapman (Darlington) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  34. Jim Dowd (Lewisham West) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  35. Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar & Limehouse) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  36. Joan Ryan (Enfield North) LEFT FOR CHANGE UK
  37. John Spellar (Warley)
  38. John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  39. Keith Vaz (Leicester East) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  40. Kevan Jones (North Durham)
  41. Kevin Barron (Rother Valley) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  42. Liz Kendall (Leicester West)
  43. Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside) LEFT TO BE INDEPENDENT
  44. Luciana Berger (Liverpool Wavertree) LEFT FOR TIG
  45. Lucy Powell (Manchester Central)
  46. Margaret Beckett (Derby South)
  47. Margaret Hodge (Barking)
  48. Maria Eagle (Garston and Halewood)
  49. Mary Creagh (Wakefield) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  50. Michael Dugher (Barnsley East) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  51. Neil Coyle (Bermondsey & Old Southwark)
  52. Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East)
  53. Peter Kyle (Hove)
  54. Phil Wilson (Sedgefield) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  55. Ruth Smeeth (Stoke on Trent North) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  56. Simon Danczuk (Rochdale) RESIGNED FROM LABOUR IN 2017
  57. Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden)
  58. Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South and Penarth)
  59. Stella Creasy (Walthamstow)
  60. Susan Elan Jones (Clwyd South) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  61. Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  62. Tom Watson (West Bromwich East) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  63. Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  64. Vernon Coaker (Gedling) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  65. Wayne David (Caerphilly)
  66. Yvette Cooper (Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Best-selling paranormal paperback launch and signing at ‘haunted’ town pub

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A NEW book which lifts the lid on the strange history and unexplained incidents within a small North Shropshire cottage will be officially launched at a haunted town pub.

Bones – the Mystery of Plympton Cottage written by award winning investigative reporter Nic Outterside is a true account of ghostly riddles, the supernatural, unsolved mysteries, skeletal discoveries and unexplained incidents.

The book includes testimonies from more than half a dozen people who lived in the Whitchurch cottage over a period of more than 30 years. It also includes the author’s own story of the paranormal activity he and his family encountered while resident in the same house.

Originally published on 16th October on Amazon, the book has recently been made available at BookShrop in Green End, Whitchurch.

It has quickly become an Amazon best seller in its genre and this week the owner of Bookshrop said it was “selling like hot cakes” in her own store, as she ordered a second batch of the paperback.

Now an official launch and personal book signing event is scheduled for the weekend of the Whitchurch Christmas Fair.

The launch will take place from 3.30pm on Saturday 30th November in the function room of the White Bear pub in the town’s High Street. Everyone is welcome.

The White Bear is one of six public houses in Whitchurch which are alleged to be haunted.

Bones – the Mystery of Plympton Cottage has been painstakingly researched and written over a period of a six years.

Nic explains: “I did not believe in any so-called hereafter nor did I believe in ghosts or spirits.

“I had been an investigative newspaper journalist for more than 28 years and by the very nature of my work had to deal in hard proven facts.

“But all that changed when my family and I moved into Plympton Cottage in Whitchurch in June 2013.

“From the moment my wife broke her leg in a hidden hole in the garden less than 20 minutes after the removal van arrived, each day we lived there was potted with what I can only describe as paranormal activity.”

But a eureka moment occurred on Monday 13th January 2014.

“By chance on that day I discovered that seven unidentified skeletons had been found buried in the grounds of our home,” says Nic.

Bones – the Mystery of Plympton Cottage is available as a large format paperback from Amazon priced £7.99 ($9.94)

www.amazon.co.uk/Bones-Mystery-Plympton-Nic-Outterside/dp/1698966318/

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Or to buy personally at BookShrop, Green End, Whitchurch.

 

Best-selling paranormal paperback is now available at Whitchurch bookshop

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A NEW book which lifts the lid on the strange history and unexplained incidents within a small North Shropshire cottage is now available to buy at Whitchurch’s only independent bookshop.

Bones – the Mystery of Plympton Cottage written by award winning investigative reporter Nic Outterside is a true account of ghostly riddles, the supernatural, unsolved mysteries, skeletal discoveries and unexplained incidents.

Originally published on 16th October, as a paperback book and Kindle e-edition, it has until now only been available to buy online at Amazon, where it quickly became a best-seller in its genre.

Now it is also available to buy at BookShrop in Green End, Whitchurch – the town’s popular independent book shop.

The book includes testimonies from more than half a dozen people who lived in the Whitchurch cottage over a period of more than 30 years. It also includes the author’s own story of the paranormal activity he and his family encountered while resident in the same house.

Bones – the Mystery of Plympton Cottage has been painstakingly researched and written over a period of a six years.

Nic explains: “I did not believe in any so-called hereafter nor did I believe in ghosts or spirits.

“I had been an investigative newspaper journalist for more than 28 years and by the very nature of my work had to deal in hard proven facts.

“But all that changed when my family and I moved into Plympton Cottage in Whitchurch in June 2013.

“From the moment my wife broke her leg in a hidden hole in the garden less than 20 minutes after the removal van arrived, each day was potted with what I can only describe as paranormal activity.”

But a eureka moment occurred on Monday 13th January 2014.

“By chance on that day I discovered that seven unidentified skeletons had been found buried in the grounds of our home,” says Nic.

“The unexplained occurrences in the cottage did not cease, but now we began an investigation as to when the bodies were buried and what became of the skeletons, because no-one seemed to know.

“My book documents not only the 18 months we lived in Plympton Cottage but also the investigation which followed,” he adds.

Bones – the Mystery of Plympton Cottage is still available as a large format paperback from Amazon priced £7.99 ($9.94)

www.amazon.co.uk/Bones-Mystery-Plympton-Nic-Outterside/dp/1698966318/

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A Kindle e-book edition of the book is now also available worldwide for £2.99 ($3.88)

Best-selling football book now available at city’s largest independent bookshop

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A best-selling book about a supporter’s 50 year passion for Brighton & Hove Albion FC is now available at the city’s largest independent bookshop.

Death in Grimsby – 50 Years Following Brighton & Hove Albion which chronicles football fan Nic Outterside’s half a century supporting his beloved home town football team has already made more than 2,000 global sales via Amazon and other online outlets.

Now the book is also available exclusively in Sussex at City Books in Western Road.

Founded and run by Paul and Inge Sweetman, the shop is in the Brunswick area of the city. The shop has been shortlisted twice for the national ‘Independent Bookshop of the Year Award’ and won the Muddy Stiletto award for Best Bookshop in Sussex in 2018. Arranged over two floors, City Books has a large range of carefully selected books, including an extensive selection of books of local interest.

Early purchasers of Death in Grimsby have included several former Albion players including club legend Peter Ward and the personal backing of 1983 FA Cup Final and England hero Gary Stevens.

Nic has also received support for the book from the Albion’s former owner and chairman Dick Knight and current owner and chairman Tony Bloom.

This summer Death in Grimsby rose to number 2 in the Amazon football book sales chart.

The book is a collection of 21 short stories which charts the first 50 years that Nic supported his beloved Albion, starting with his first game at the Goldstone in 1967 and finishing with a match against Wolves at Molineux in April 2017, when his club all but mathematically secured promotion to the promised land of the Premier League.

Death in Grimsby – 50 Years Following Brighton & Hove Albion is still available as a large format paperback priced at £10.49 with FREE UK delivery from Amazon at: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1095979752/

And special personally signed editions of the book together with a FREE copy of Nic’s first ever paperback The Hill are also available at £8.99 plus P&P from Ebay at: www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Death+in+Grimsby&_sacat=0

A Kindle e-book edition of the book is also available for £3.00 at: www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Grimsby-Following-Brighton-Albion-ebook/dp/B07T4VMJRQ/

 

Inquiry into buried bodies and the paranormal now available in both paperback and e-book

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A NEW book which lifts the lid on the strange history and unexplained incidents within a small North Shropshire cottage is now available in both paperback and e-book.

Bones – the Mystery of Plympton Cottage written by award winning investigative reporter Nic Outterside is a true account of ghostly riddles, the supernatural, unsolved mysteries, skeletal discoveries and unexplained incidents.

Originally published as a paperback book, the Kindle e-book edition has now also been made available.

The book includes testimonies from more than half a dozen people who lived in the Whitchurch cottage over a period of more than 30 years. It also includes the author’s own story of the paranormal activity he and his family encountered while resident in the same house.

Bones – the Mystery of Plympton Cottage has been painstakingly researched and written over a period of six years.

Nic explains: “I did not believe in any so-called hereafter nor did I believe in ghosts or spirits.

“I had been an investigative newspaper journalist for more than 28 years and by the very nature of my work had to deal in hard proven facts.

“But all that changed when my family and I moved into Plympton Cottage in Whitchurch in June 2013.

“From the moment my wife broke her leg in a hidden hole in the garden less than 20 minutes after the removal van arrived, right up to the Christmas and New Year holidays, each day was potted with what I can only describe as paranormal activity.”

But a eureka moment was yet to come…

“By chance on Monday 13th January 2014 I discovered that seven unidentified skeletons had been found buried in the grounds of our home,” says Nic.

“The unexplained occurrences in the cottage did not cease, but now we began an investigation as to when the bodies were buried and what became of the skeletons, because no-one seemed to know.

“My book documents not only the 18 months we lived in Plympton Cottage but also the investigation which followed,” he adds.

 

Bones – the Mystery of Plympton Cottage is now available as a large format paperback from Amazon priced £7.99 ($9.94)

www.amazon.co.uk/Bones-Mystery-Plympton-Nic-Outterside/dp/1698966318/

www.amazon.com/dp/1698966318/

A Kindle e-book edition of the book is now also available worldwide for £2.99 ($3.88)

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ZDM5T1G

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Bones – the Mystery of Plympton Cottage will also be available from selected independent book shops and by direct mail order in January 2020.

Indian author’s new book is finding its way back home to the Himalayas

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A STUNNING debut book of poetry and prose published two weeks ago is now finding its way back home to a small hill fort town in the Himalayas.

Don’t Look Down by first-time author Ritambhara Chowfin was penned in the town of Almora in the Himalayan foothills of northern India.

But it was edited and published in England and printed in Poland!

Now the first few copies are finding their way back to Almora’s two public libraries and the town’s English speaking journal The Uttaranchal Deep Newspaper.

Don’t Look Down was first published on 6th October in both paperback and e-book and with burgeoning worldwide sales the first press release has been read by more than 10,000 people in places as diverse as Canada, Germany, the UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Netherlands and the USA, as well as hundreds more the UK and India.

Ritambhara is a 25-year-old graduate in English Language and Literature from Amity University in Delhi. She is the eldest of three siblings and returned to her home town for the inspiration to write about the world she knows.

Ritambhara says she is overwhelmed by the “amazing and lovely reaction to my book.”

“Although Hindi is my first language, I love English and the UK,” she adds. “The whole process of writing and watching my book being published has been a total joy.

“And now the reaction from friends, family and even former teachers has taken my breath away.”

Editor and publisher Nic Outterside, who owns the publishing house Time is an Ocean says: “Working with Ritambhara has been an utter pleasure.

“I am very proud of this book, and of her. The worldwide reaction to her book has been amazing.”

Don’t Look Down is available in paperback priced at £4.99 (US $6.15) from most Amazon portals

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A Kindle e-book edition of Don’t Look Down is also available for £1.99 (US$2.45) (174IR) from all Amazon portals

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