July 6, 2018
Summer is here and there is no better time to spend the day outside reading on lazy sunny days. It will soon be the holiday season in the northern hemisphere so choose some books to take with you to while away idle relaxing moments.
It is a good time for authors and publishers to release books so that bookstores at airports, train stations and holiday resorts can stock up to help travellers make those last minute purchases. Peatmore Press is no exception and has launched its fourth novel which is the first I have released under my own name. It is a crime thriller and I am told by those who have had a chance to turn the pages that it is a good read. But see for yourself and let me know how you feel about it.
Published on 2 July 2018
and can be bought by following the links at
December 12, 2017
My first thought when I discovered that my books were being pirated was that someone was stealing from me. One site even claimed that they had over 2000 downloads of one of my ebooks. That is several times more than I have given away with Amazon Kindle free promotions. But they could have, and probably were, lying as after all they had been behaving dishonestly. I emailed them a complaint and they seemed to have desisted as I can no longer find it on their site when searching via Google.
Such sites are dangerous to download from as it is possible that any downloads might contain viruses that could at best disrupt your computer or at worse steal your encrypted data/passwords. I even found the black and white cover of my novel “Cogrill’s Mill” on a colouring page website. Now that was something I did not expect and made me think that I was possibly missing out on a promotion possibility.
Everyone expects that their hard format books will be lent or given away to charities at some point. I have given my own titles away or sold them at vastly reduced prices as part of promotions so I suppose I can look on pirated copies as another means of book promotion. My only request is that someone who reads a book they have acquired this way, and have enjoyed it, will seek to reward the author for entertaining them by buying a legitimate copy from an approved retailer. After all that is the way some of us seek to earn a living.
Editor, Peatmore Press
September 7, 2017
It is difficult for us of a different generation to imagine what it must have been like to live through the days of the early 1940s in Britain when the country was so nearly overrun by Nazi tyranny. But I was so pleased when talking to my Mother over the past few months that she decided to write down her experiences of that time. It is a powerful story tinged with sadness, humour and romance. I have been fortunate to have been able to publish my own writings in recent years, so when I read what she had written there was no doubt in my mind that I should help her publish it.
I always knew she was a fine writer because of the letters she wrote to me when I was away from home as a child and again when I left to seek out a career as a young man. Even though she left school at 14 she is a highly educated woman able to adapt to learning new skills, and this shows in her writing. Thus, Peatmore Press is proud to publish her wartime story which is now available as an ebook on the Amazon Kindle store by following the link below.
Editor, Peatmore Press
Read it here
September 20, 2016
In August 2011 I published a blog about the rebirth of the short story (see https://peatmore.wordpress.com/2011/08/22). Now it seems that this form of fiction writing is going from strength to strength. The BBC is once more running its annual competition for its National Short Story Award and all this week the short listed stories are being broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 until Friday 23 September (http://tinyurl.com/hzbtokk).
In addition the BBC Readings Unit have chosen some of their favourite Radio 4 short stories to listen to again (http://tinyurl.com/zrgva4y).
Not to be outdone Peatmore Press has launched my Kindle ebook short story collection, “New Beginnings” as a free download for 5 days beginning today.
Go to http://amazon.com/dp/B00MTK5FAO or http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MTK5FAO to grab your copy.
November 29, 2015
An Exceptional Nation?
Former newspaper commentator and historian, Jonathan Fenby, posed this question about France at the Quaterhouse this afternoon. He took us through the events that have shaped the country from the Revolution to the present day. Some of the facts I already knew but there were many details about the leaders of those times of which I was unaware. This has been a month in which the shootings in Paris have left the modern world numb. The French President has called it an attack on the very values and fabric of his country. This was my last visit to a Folkestone Book Festival event and gives me a chance to reflect on how fanatical violence can affect the freedoms fought for and gained by today’s modern civilizations. Fenby’s book looks to contain valuable information about the turmoils that effect the evolution of a European country and looks to be worth buying.
The History of Modern France is published by Simon & Schuster
and is available in hardcover and as an ebook
November 29, 2015
Robin Ince’s Reality Tunnel
I took a break from the Festival on Friday but decided to give this presentation by Robin Ince last night a view. I had not heard of Ince before and was unprepared for what turned out to be a very clever stand-up routine with a smattering of scientific facts thrown in. His set was full of throwaway one liners and often diverged away from a particular point he was trying to make before the punch line. I particularly liked the way he said he had upset some art critics when he said that instead of visiting a Turner exhibition he preferred to walk along a bank of the Thames without his glasses on. Good comedy will always offend someone and Ince takes great delight in doing this. At times I found his comedy a little too glib but the audience seemed enchanted by it. Hidden between the jibs are some salient points and I think that any night out hosted by Robin Ince will be well worth the visit.