Robert Stewart murdered his cell mate Zahid Mubarek in March 2000.
How did a prisoner with a history of violence and racism come to share a cell with a man of Asian descent?

This difficult period in British prison history is examined by crime writer Ian Hitchings in his book Robert Stewart: Portrait of a Prison Killer.

Out now, published by Oktober Books.

Robert Stewart murdered his cell mate Zahid Mubarek in March 2000.
How did a prisoner with a history of violence and racism come to share a cell with a man of Asian descent?

This difficult period in British prison history is examined by crime writer Ian Hitchings in his book Robert Stewart: Portrait of a Prison Killer.

Out now, published by Oktober Books.

My first published book The Joy of Ex  is available from Amazon here.

The Joy of Ex was published in 2008 on Oktober Books.

The back page blurb says:

“It all starts with a drunken bet, well actually it starts with a lot of Jose Cuervo, some casual sex with strangers and a drunken concept, the drunken bet kind of follows naturally along behind. Nick is convinced the spark that gets a girl to sleep with him is still there between them forever, however the relationship ends.

His best mate Blake doesn’t agree. Instead Blake believes the fire between two people is gone, on one side at least, when things come to an end.

To find out who is right Nick bets Blake he cannot seduce and bed six of his ex girlfriends/one nighters – and provide photographic evidence. So is an ex girlfriend ripe for seduction, or is everything truly over when one partner says goodbye? Blake is about to find out when he discovers The Joy of Ex.”

My first published book is available from Amazon here.

The Joy of Ex was published in 2008 on Oktober Books.

The back page blurb says:

“It all starts with a drunken bet, well actually it starts with a lot of Jose Cuervo, some casual sex with strangers and a drunken concept, the drunken bet kind of follows naturally along behind. Nick is convinced the spark that gets a girl to sleep with him is still there between them forever, however the relationship ends.

His best mate Blake doesn’t agree. Instead Blake believes the fire between two people is gone, on one side at least, when things come to an end.

To find out who is right Nick bets Blake he cannot seduce and bed six of his ex girlfriends/one nighters – and provide photographic evidence. So is an ex girlfriend ripe for seduction, or is everything truly over when one partner says goodbye? Blake is about to find out when he discovers The Joy of Ex.”

The Great Wide Open

May 26, 2011

My first attempt at writing a novel (now refined) is available from:

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1222989

This is a re-working of the novel I had a go at writing when I was 16.
Probably 65% of the content is from 1993 and the rest a bit of a re-write in 1999 and a further re-write to pull it all together in 2009.

The back page blurb says:
“When you are 16 the adult world is a great wide open space full of possibilities. Or at least it should be.
The grunge-fuelled early 1990s, saw the last of Generation X reach adulthood.
Will and his friends are among the last born to this desolate, degenerate generation.
They are full of hormones, full of alcohol and full of fears about the grown up world.”

My first published book is available from Amazon here.

The Joy of Ex was published in 2008 on Oktober Books.

The back page blurb says:

“It all starts with a drunken bet, well actually it starts with a lot of Jose Cuervo, some casual sex with strangers and a drunken concept, the drunken bet kind of follows naturally along behind. Nick is convinced the spark that gets a girl to sleep with him is still there between them forever, however the relationship ends.

His best mate Blake doesn’t agree. Instead Blake believes the fire between two people is gone, on one side at least, when things come to an end.

To find out who is right Nick bets Blake he cannot seduce and bed six of his ex girlfriends/one nighters – and provide photographic evidence. So is an ex girlfriend ripe for seduction, or is everything truly over when one partner says goodbye? Blake is about to find out when he discovers The Joy of Ex.”

UHF Shadow, one of my older novels, written in 2000 / 01 is now available to buy:

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1537046

You can also look through some preview pages at this link.

The back page blurb says:

“Ever felt like you were not quite tuned into the rest of the world?
Do you watch things happen all around you, but whatever you do, none of your actions seem to make any difference in the world?
Do people mistake you for someone else, think you are someone they should know, should care about?
Have you ever felt like the only impression you have made on this planet is your name being tattooed on the backside of your first lover?
Ever felt like you were the UHF Shadow you get behind people on a television set which is not quite tuned in fully?
This novel is for anyone who has ever felt out of place in the world, out of tune with reality, or like a child wearing grown ups clothing.”

Television Killed Advertising

February 24, 2011

Advertising guru Paul Ashby has written an interesting book about how the rise and rise of television has killed off the art of advertising. The book also explores the two-way forms of communication Paul advocated during his many years in the advertising industry.

You can get hold of a copy here.

The back page blurb says:

“Why does big business continue to rely on the 30-second advertising spot so much? In the 1950s and 60s when there were only a few channels they could be sure every ad would reach the biggest possible audience. Now with channel fragmentation, streamed content, DVD box sets and PVRs – is anyone still watching the ads? Television Killed Advertising is the first giant step in a thousand mile march, it tells us what is wrong with the current model of marketing whilst at the same time it defines a new more effective model of advertising which places the consumer at the heart of the communication process.”

About the Author

Paul Ashby pioneered interactive marketing communication 25 years ago. He has written and produced interactive events in Australia, Japan, Singapore, USA and the UK. He wrote and produced the world s first regularly scheduled interactive television show, Su opinion est muy importante (Your opinion is very important) broadcast on Channel 7, Manila, Philippines, sponsored by Proctor & Gamble. He is interested in reading, travel, photography, music (especially jazz) and movies. Currently residing in Somerset, England, having also lived and worked in Sydney, Australia, Los Angeles, USA and Johannesburg, South Africa. Would you like to discover the incredible results to be attained by using interactive communication? Paul is currently offering his techniques as a partner in Renaissance Marketing, based in the UK. To read more of Paul s thoughts on the advertising industry, check out his blog at: http://interactivetelevisionorinteractivetv.blogspot.com

My publisher, Oktober Books, is currently seeking submissions for its 2012 list.

Any completed manuscript in any fiction genre or non-fiction subject will be considered.

If you have a book you would like Oktober Books to have a look at please send them the first three chapters along with a synopsis of the rest of the book to:

submissions@oktoberbooks.co.uk

What books did you read in 2010?

I didn’t read as much as I’d like to have (by a long way). But that happens most years. Far too much going on in my life! I expect you are the same. Which means when I invest time in a book it has to be really good.

When I was a teenager I would read every book I picked up from cover to cover, even if after a few pages I knew it sucked.

But I had more time back then and I was determined if I started something I would see it thru (an interesting life lesson is learning when giving up on something is actually the right course of action – took me a long time to learn how to make that judgement call – and I probably don’t always get that one right).

So this year the highlights of my reading have been:

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham (genius sci-fi writer)

Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey (writes about California and you can tell he loves the place)

Survivors by Terry Nation (genius sci-fi writer, creator of the Daleks for Dr Who)

(I have also read a pretty good book for Oktober Books, but that has been an editing role and it isn’t due out until mid 2011, so I can’t really discuss… yet!)

If you have any literary highlights / must reads from the past year, please tell us about them:

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