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.

 

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

www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Look-Down-Ritambhara-Chowfin/dp/1698038674/

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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

www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Look-Down-Ritambhara-Chowfin-ebook/dp/B07YVH8WS3/

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New book of shared humanity written in the Himalayas and edited in England

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A sensational debut book of poetry and prose is published worldwide this week despite its writer and editor living 5,000 miles apart.

Don’t Look Down by first-time author Ritambhara Chowfin was entirely penned in the small hill fort town of Almora, some 5,400ft above sea level in the Himalayan foothills in northern India.

It has been edited and published by award winning editor Nic Outterside in Wolverhampton in the English west Midlands.

This transcendent work forms part of a personal journey out of darkness and into light, where love and theft are in constant conflict.

Within Don’t Look Down readers will find the thoughts and poetic musings of a young Indian woman born and raised in a part of the planet visited by very few others.

The leopards growling in the forest, the black bear snuffling among the lush vegetation, an old witch casting a spell for childbirth and the tall cedars and pines swaying in the lashing rain, may be a world away from the one you inhabit.

But this young woman is exactly like anyone else, whether they live in New York, London, Cairo, Buenos Aires, Lagos or Melbourne.

She has the same fears, the same loves, the same faults, the same frailties, the same hopes, the same passions and the same emotions; and these all come tumbling out in her poetry and prose.

Like everyone else she is human, and is trying to make sense of her life and this world.

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.

Don’t Look Down is her first published book.

“Although Hindi is my first language, I love English and the UK,” she says.

“I have relations in Warrington and my dream is one day to visit them.

“I reached out to Nic earlier this year as we both had dealings with a story-teller in my town and I knew him to be a brilliant editor. He agreed immediately to edit and publish my first book. And the whole process has been a joy.”

Nic, who owns the publishing house Time is an Ocean says: “Working with Ritambhara has been an utter pleasure. Her writing is so deeply filled with emotion and her use of English is stunning.

“I am very proud of this book, and of her. It is amazing what can be achieved across 5,000 miles by email, WhatsApp and Instagram,” he added.

“The added bonus is I now consider Ritambhara as a very close friend.”

 

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

www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Look-Down-Ritambhara-Chowfin/dp/1698038674/

www.amazon.com/Dont-Look-Down-Ritambhara-Chowfin/dp/1698038674/

 

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

www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Look-Down-Ritambhara-Chowfin-ebook/dp/B07YVH8WS3/

www.amazon.com/dp/B07YVH8WS3/

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Now three ways to buy unique anthology of South Asian poetry and prose

 

DUE to huge demand there are now three different ways to buy the blockbuster Asian Voices – a unique anthology of poetry and prose by emerging writers from South Asia.

First published in February this year, the 240 page large format Asian Voices paperback met worldwide acclaim for its originality and diverse content.

A Kindle e-book edition of the book has also sold widely.

Now the book has been published in a slimmed down 100 page Director’s Cut edition.

Divided by partition, war and politics, but united by creativity, brilliance and common humanity, Asian Voices brought together 20 writers from across South Asia to shine a light on their diverse societies.

In 37,000 words, across more than 240 pages and two dozen images, these contributors paint graphic pictures of love, beauty, loss, patriarchy, disease and death in their respective countries of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

From chilly Kabul in the north, through Karachi, Delhi and Kolkata to the searing heat of Hyderabad in the south, their tales in poetry and prose are compelling.

The writers include an artist from Lahore, an engineer from Mumbai, a psychologist from Delhi, a social reformer from Jaipur, two 12th grade school students, plus many more.

The project has been pulled together by retired British newspaper editor Nic Outterside.

Nic explains the reason for the new Director’s Cut edition: “While the Asian Voices paperback sells well in the UK and Europe, its sheer size, weight and resultant costs meant many potential buyers in South Asia simply could not afford it, so were left with just the Kindle e-book.

“After consulting the writers I decided to create a special slimmed down edition, which has been judicially edited from 240 to just 100 pages.

“We hope to it will encourage many people to buy the Director’s Cut edition and some may then want to go on and purchase its big sister edition too.”

All three versions of Asian Voices are available directly from Amazon

Asian Voices has been reduced from £7.99 (675 IR) to £6.99 (590 IR)

Worldwide

www.amazon.com/Asian-Voices-anthology-Pakistan-Afghanistan/dp/1795571217/

UK

www.amazon.co.uk/Asian-Voices-anthology-Pakistan-Afghanistan/dp/1795571217/

Asian Voices – The Director’s Cut is £3.99 (337 IR)

Worldwide https://www.amazon.com/Asian-Voices-Directors-Nic-Outterside/dp/1086136187/

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1086136187/

While the Kindle e-book is £2.00 (169 IR)

UK

www.amazon.co.uk/Asian-Voices-anthology-Pakistan-Afghanistan-ebook/dp/B07N7HY1VZ/

India

www.amazon.in/Asian-Voices-anthology-Pakistan-Afghanistan-ebook/dp/B07N7HY1VZ/

Rest of the World

www.amazon.com/Asian-Voices-anthology-Pakistan-Afghanistan-ebook/dp/B07N7HY1VZ/

 

The launch of a new Brighton & Hove Albion book to feature a feast of football food

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A NEW best-selling Brighton & Hove Albion paperback is set for a formal launch at two Sussex venues later this month and it also promises to be a gourmet feast of football food.

Death in Grimsby – 50 Years Following Brighton & Hove Albion was written, edited and published by Albion fan Nic Outterside, and given a soft launch in May among friends and fellow fans.

It quickly became a best seller and stands at Number 2 in the Amazon Football Reference sales chart and at Number 3 in their Most Wished For chart.

The book’s formal launch, with personal signings and special guests, will take place at two venues in Brighton and Worthing on the eve of the Albion’s first home game of the 2019/20 season against West Ham on 17 August.

The first launch event is from 7pm on Thursday 15 August at the Caxton Arms, North Gardens, Brighton. The second event is from 6pm on Friday 16 August at the Castle Ale House, Newland Road, Worthing.

And both evenings will feature free samples of football food from around the UK.

One of the most popular features of Death in Grimsby are the sections entitled Who Ate All the Pies, which look at the diverse array of food and drink available at different football grounds.

So Nic has arranged samples of unique foods from Barnsley, Berwick Rangers, Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town, Leeds United, Preston North End, Wolves and Wrexham.

These include Scotch pies, Welsh cakes, Yorkshire meat and potato pies, Lancashire butter pies, Birmingham flapjack, Barnsley pork pies, genuine Wolverhampton pork crackling and take-home sachets of Bovril!

“I wanted the launch to be a little different from the usual and the way to book buyers and a football fans’ hearts is clearly through their stomachs,” joked Nic.

“So I hope that those who attend the launch events will also sample a bit of genuine football fayre.”

Death in Grimsby charts Nic’s passion for his far from ordinary home town club for more than half a century. Among 50,000 words and 115 images it is a collection of personal stories which will resonate with every football supporter, no matter which club they may follow.

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

A Kindle e-book edition of the book is also available for £3.00 at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Grimsby-Following-Brighton-Albion-ebook/dp/B07T4VMJRQ/

 

New best-selling football book scores again with a host of five star reviews

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A NEW best-selling football paperback has scored again with a raft of FIVE STAR reviews.

Death in Grimsby – 50 Years Following Brighton & Hove Albion was written, edited and published by soccer fan Nic Outterside, and given a soft launch in May among friends and fellow Albion fans.

Already it is a best seller around the world, including sales in Australia, Scotland, Spain, Germany, Italy, San Francisco and California and stands at Number 2 in the Amazon Football Reference sales chart.

Now it has been further boosted with more than 20 top rated reviews from early purchasers of the book.

These are a small sample:

A wonderful read that brilliantly encapsulates the raw emotional highs and lows experienced by the majority of football fans passionately dedicated to their chosen team.

(Chris Dunster, Brighton)

You don’t have to be a fan of Brighton & Hove Albion to enjoy this book. The tales of Nic’s journey will resonate with fans of every club. Brilliant stuff.

(Ian Hine, Southampton) 

An enjoyable insight into the trials and tribulations we go through to follow the club we love, that all football fans will be able to relate to.

(Stephen Doswell, Bexhill)

Death in Grimsby is a great read for football supporters. Fans of any club will relate to the passion of the author for his beloved team. But it is also part social history and part memoir of the author’s life, told through his experiences of travelling and following Brighton. A quick and entertaining read, highly recommended.

(Marcello Mega, Edinburgh)

You can’t help but fall in love with this book – a true work of love written by someone who bleeds blue and white, funny, honest and full of nostalgia – takes pride of place among the rest.

(Ashley Bradley, Brighton)

Absolutely brilliant – a must-read for all Albion fans, in fact, for all football fans.

(Steve Cowdry, Swindon)

As a lifelong Brighton & Hove Albion supporter I thoroughly enjoyed this book – the memories came flooding back. My other half is a non-Brighton fan and he thought it was brilliant also and very well written. I would recommend it to anyone who has any interest in football.

(Maria Suggitt, York)

What a fantastic read! Brought back so many memories and tears supporting Brighton & Hove Albion.

(Jimmy Anderson, London)

An excellent read which highlights the pain of having to watch your team from afar due to circumstances out of your control. I thought I was alone but this book confirms I was not. A brilliant book for any fan of any club exiled from their homelands.

(Tim Colville, Birmingham)

A great book, fantastic read, evokes so many memories.

(Christopher O’Regan, Sussex)

An awesome read. In some ways reminiscent of Nick Varley’s Park Life, but much more immediate and in places very humorous. The experiences and emotions relayed in this book will resonate with every football supporter, no matter who you support.

(Jon West, California)

You don’t have to be a follower of Brighton & Hove Albion to read this book. It is full of interesting stories and information about different clubs that maybe not everyone has been to. Really enjoyable read.

(Jackie Hersee, Hastings)

Death in Grimsby charts Nic’s passion for his far from ordinary home town club for more than half a century. It is a collection of personal stories which will resonate with every football supporter, no matter which club they may follow.

Each chapter is a separate story related to 21 different matches and events, including Nic’s first night game against Portsmouth in 1969, a record 8-2 defeat against Bristol Rovers in 1973, winning promotion to the old League Division One in 1979, an FA Cup Final in 1983, Football League survival against Hereford United in 1997 and much more.

A clearly delighted Nic said:I hoped my story might resonate with supporters of most football clubs, but to reach number 2 in the sales charts and to have so many top reviews is beyond my wildest dreams.”

The formal launch of Death in Grimsby with personal signings and special guests will take place at two venues in Brighton and Worthing on the eve of the Albion’s first home game of the 2019/20 season against West Ham on 17 August.

The first launch event is from 7pm on Thursday 15 August at the Caxton Arms, North Gardens, Brighton. The second event is from 6pm on Friday 16 August at the Castle Ale House, Newland Road, Worthing. Everyone is welcome.

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

A Kindle e-book edition of the book is also available for £3.99 at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Grimsby-Following-Brighton-Albion-ebook/dp/B07T4VMJRQ/

 

New best-selling Brighton & Hove Albion book will be launched at two events in August

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A NEW autobiographical best-selling football paperback is set for a formal launch at two Sussex venues this summer in front of surprise special guests.

Death in Grimsby – 50 Years Following Brighton & Hove Albion was written, edited and published by soccer fanatic Nic Outterside, and given a soft launch in May among friends and fellow Albion fans.

Already it is a best seller around the world, including sales in Australia, Scotland, Spain, Germany, Italy, San Francisco and California.

Death in Grimsby currently stands at Number 2 in the Amazon Football Reference sales chart, at Number 3 in Amazon’s Football Hot New Releases and also at Number 3 in their Most Wished For chart.

The book’s formal launch, with personal signings and special guests, including former Brighton & Hove Albion legends, will take place at two venues in Brighton and Worthing on the eve of the Albion’s first home game of the 2019/20 season against West Ham on 17 August.

The first launch event is from 7pm on Thursday 15 August at the Caxton Arms, North Gardens, Brighton. The second event is from 6pm on Friday 16 August at the Castle Ale House, Newland Road, Worthing. Everyone is welcome!

Death in Grimsby charts Nic’s passion for his far from ordinary home town club for more than half a century. Among 50,000 words and 115 images it is a collection of personal stories which will resonate with every football supporter, no matter which club they may follow.

I have been following Brighton & Hove Albion since I was a very small kid, and like a fan of any club, whether that be Arsenal, Accrington Stanley, Aston Villa or Alloa Athletic, once you are hooked you are well and truly hooked,” explains Nic.

“It is a passion which has never dimmed with greying hair, crows’ feet etched lines and a free bus pass just three years away.

“I am now pinching myself that not only has my book sold so unexpectedly well, but I will now meet some of the players that feature in it and who I cheered for from the North Stand all those years ago,” he adds.

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Death in Grimsby is a collection of short stories which charts the first 50 years that Nic supported his beloved Albion, starting with that 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.

Each chapter is a separate story related to 21 different matches and events, including Nic’s first night game against Portsmouth in 1969, a record 8-2 defeat against Bristol Rovers in 1973, winning promotion to the old League Division One in 1979, an FA Cup Final in 1983, Football League survival against Hereford United in 1997 and much more.

These are knitted together with many personal recollections such as meeting Ernie Wise in Leeds, trying to explain the Foot and Mouth Disease funeral pyres to his young daughters before a match against Carlisle United in 2001, interviewing the England legend Paul Gascoigne, bribing match stewards with slices of home-made flapjack at Birmingham City and being hospitalised with hypothermia after a game at Grimsby.

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

A Kindle e-book edition of the book is also available for £3.99 at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Grimsby-Following-Brighton-Albion-ebook/dp/B07T4VMJRQ/