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Writing Good Plain English

 This went off to the publisher just recently. As my friend Peter says, that’s when they take your mistakes out and put some of their own in.

 But there’s no rest once I’ve got this one done, it’s then on with the next book, one on character creation.

 I’ve already got c 25,000 words, but that was the easy bit.



The Bone Mill

 The Potteries, 1829. It's a harsh world and nowhere is it harsher than at the Bone Mill. This is where animal bones are ground down to make into fine china. It's a stinking world of fetid carcases, clanking machinery and tough men. This is Joseph Ryder's world.

 A teenage orphan, Joseph ekes out a hand-to-mouth living one step ahead of the workhouse, spending his few extra coppers trying to contact his dead mother through his landlady and medium, Gerda.

 When his foreman, Sewell, offers him a chance to earn a few extra shillings, Joseph jumps at the chance and soon finds himself dragged into a deadly sideline business involving the House of Recovery and the slimy local anatomist, Mr Furness. But not everybody is as they seem and Joseph soon finds himself embroiled in a life of crime from which there seems to be no escape.

 The Bone Mill is a novel only for those with a robust constitution.


NB For Teachers in the UK

Teachers Packs are available with a special discount as follows:

Buy a pack of 12 books at £4 each and get an extra copy free

Buy a pack of 20 books at £4 each and get 2 extra copies free

Learning to Teach Adults

Learning to Teach Adults is an indispensable guide for anyone who teaches, or is planning to teach adults. This comprehensive yet light-hearted book gives sensible advice on the business of teaching and training, and is relevant for any subject taught, be it archery or zoology. Writing with passion and humour, the author provides helpful tips, ideas and practical examples throughout.

Topics include:

  • adult learners and learning styles;

  • teaching methods and techniques;

  • course and lesson planning;

  • student motivation and participation;

  • dealing with awkward situations.

Fully updated the new edition includes vital new sections on assessment, teaching students with learning difficulties and the impact of new technologies on teaching and learning. This engaging and accessible book is essential reading for anyone teaching adults for the first time. It is also a useful reminder of good practice for experienced teachers and trainers and a helpful refresher for anyone returning to teaching after a career break.



Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Cumbria


The criminal cases vividly described by Nicholas Corder in this gripping book take the reader on a journey into the dark secret side of Cumbria's long history. The hills, villages and market towns of this famous landscape have been the setting for a series of horrific, bloody, sometimes bizarre incidents over the centuries.

From crimes of brutal premeditation to crimes born of passion or despair, the whole range of human weakness and wickedness is represented here.

 Swindlers, conmen, smugglers, pirates, child killers, deserters, fraudsters, robbers and common murderers people these pages, along with their victims. There are descriptions of public executions and instances of extraordinary domestic cruelty and malice that ended in death. Unforgettable local cases are reconstructed - the extraordinary career of the imposter John Hatfield, the Whitehaven raid of John Paul Jones, the unsolved murder of poor Lucy Sands, and many more.

Nicholas Corder's chronicle of Cumbria's hidden history will be compelling reading for anyone who is interested in the sinister side of human nature.



Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Staffordshire and the Potteries


In Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Staffordshire and the Potteries the chill is brought close to home as each chapter investigates the darker side of humanity in notorious cases of murder, deceit and pure malice that have marked the history of the area. For this journey into a bloody, neglected aspect of the past, Nicholas Corder has selected over 20 episodes that give a fascinating insight into criminal acts and the criminal mind.

 Recalled here are the Rugeley poisoner William Palmer, who disposed of his victims with strychnine, the vicious assaults on Issac Brooks and the miscarriage of justice that put George Edalji behind bars for three years and brought the creator of the world's greatest fictional detective to his rescue. The Canal boat killing of poor Christina Collins is described in graphic detail, as is the sad case of Thirza Tunstall's baby and the bizarre case of the headless corpse of Hednesford.

The human dramas Nicholas Corder explores are often played out in the most commonplace of circumstances, but others are so odd as to be stranger than fiction. His grisly chronicle of the hidden history of staffordshire and the Potteries will be compelling reading for anyone who is interested in the darker side of human nature.

Writing Your Own Life Story



Everyone has a story to tell. However, telling it isn't always that easy. This book, A Straightforward Guide to writing Your Own Life story will help the reader to write their own life story, for personal fulfilment and as a legacy for future generations, or even for publication.


The book is packed with solid, helpful advice to help the reader on the road to writing their own story, and can be used as a reference work for those attending more formal courses of study. Key techniques are covered, from ideas on how to jog memory, through planning, writing and editing including the following: · What you are going to write · Planning your book · Getting started · Writing techniques · Rewriting, revising and editing work · Pitfalls · Preparing a manuscript · Examples

Successful Non-Fiction Writing

Every year tens of thousands of non-fiction books and hundreds of thousands of articles make it into print. It's a much bigger market than that for short stories and novels, the competition is less fierce and your chances of success are far higher.

There are plenty of options for the enthusiastic hobbyist, the knowledgeable insider or someone who can simply do their research properly. All it needs is a slice of talent, some determination, a smidgen of self-discipline and the advice contained in these pages.

The topics covered include: Thinking like a professional writer; Developing and honing ideas; Find out outlets for your work; Research for books and articles; Selling your work; Approaching publishers and editors; Writing a book proposal; Additional income for non-fiction writers; and, presenting your work professionally.


Escape from the Rat Race



You work long hours in an oppressive environment, spend ages stuck in trains, buses and cars, and for what?  To crash on the sofa with only enough energy to dial a take-away and watch TV?  The impact of this lifestyle on your physical and mental well-being, as well as your personal relationships, is stunting and dehumanising: why work so hard to buy yourself luxuries, when you are too tired and dispirited to enjoy them properly?


There must be more to life than this.


In the rat race only a rat can win, but there is an alternative, and one for which thousands of people worldwide are beginning to opt.


This book featured on Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon and Kilroy as well as more than a dozen local radio shows.



Alas, now out of print.


Alternatively, you can get hold of the Indian edition.  It’s exactly the same as the UK edition, but has a sna