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Mcmanaman's 'Radio Head' reviewed

ABCtales Editor Tony Cook reviews Mcmanaman's first major book: John ‘mcmanaman’ Osborne’s first book, Radio Head, is described as a love letter to radio – and that’s a pretty fair description. I guess I should be slating it – as it’s the first book from a mainstream publisher by an ABCtaler without a nudge and wink in our direction. I could take double umbrage as I worked in the radio business for many years and John didn’t care to pick my...

August Edition of ABCtales Magazine out now

The August 2009 issue of ABCtales Magazine is now available free to download from: http://groups.google.co.uk/group/abctales-magazine featuring the best in new poetry and short fiction from abctales.com this summer, as selected by the guest editor: Ewan Lawrie. Contributors include Insertponceyfrenchnamehere, Chris Clatworthy, Clare Howdle, Chelsey Flood, Sarah Wilson, Rosie, Chuck Woww and John Wilks. Please feel free to print and distribute as...

Bradene's new book is out

Title: Beyond Big Willow Author: Valerie McKinley ISBN: 9780955896316 Cost (UK): £7.50 Publishers description: Beyond Big Willow is an entertaining and very frank autobiographical collection of prose and poetry built around events in the life of the author. In her introduction the author, Valerie McKinley, explains how she overcame her doubts concerning the public appeal of her book, by realising how she would be reinforcing the memories of...

Rokkitnite's Book is out now!

We Can't All Be Astronauts by Tim Clare (our very own rokkitnite) has just been published by Ebury Press. There is a link to the Amazon sales page at the end of this article. "Right!' My Dad slammed his fist against the dashboard. 'If you want to die let's f***ing die together!' 'Dad...don't', I said, referring to the profanity rather than the death-threat. But my father was lost in his own private Thelma and Louise moment. His sleep-deprived...

Mcmanaman's new book is out

One of our very long standing ABCtales contributers, macmanaman, has got his first book out this week. It's called 'Radio Head: Up and Down the Dial of British Radio' by John Osborne. It's a subject close to my heart so I'll be buying a copy this week and I hope that many of you will do likewise. Congratulations to John and here's the link to purchasing the book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Radio-Head-Down-Dial-British/dp/1847372309/ref=s...

Another ABCtaler gets publishing deal

Great News! Richard Aronowitz-Mercer has had his novel 'It's Just The Beating Of My Heart' accepted by Flambard Press for publication in early 2010. Richard, who is Aronowitz, on ABCtales can be read here: http://www.abctales.com/user/aronowitz ... so you can get a sneak preview of his book!

Ralph is (not) a Superhero

ABCtales Editor Tony Cook reviews the new children's book by Corinne Davies with illustrations by ABCtaler El Ashfield: Corinne Davies’s Ralph is (not) a Superhero is one of the best children’s books I’ve read in quite a while. It’s funny, witty, pleasantly moralistic and wickedly silly. The accompanying illustrations by El Ashfield complete a memorable experience – and they’ve self published it on lulu. The sing-a-long rhyme of the story makes...

NO MORE THAN THREE A DAY!

We've had a bit of a spate of multiple postings of late so I'd just like to re-iterate that the rule is: no more than three postings a day. It's our fault as it isn't clear on the home page that this is the rule - but if everyone could keep to three a day it means that the Editors aren't overwhelmed. Many thanks, Tony Cook

Me and Mickie James is out

'Me and Mickie James' by our very own Drew Gummerson is now out and available for purchase. ABCtales Editor, Tony Cook, reviews it here: First of all I should declare an interest. I am thanked in the back of the book – as is ABCtales – for our assistance in the creation of ‘Me and Mickie James’. It makes no odds. If I thought it was a poor book, I would say so. Happily I won’t. When Drew first wrote this story on the site it was a snapshot of a...

Spack's Debut Novel is met with acclaim

Joe Dunthorne, our very own spack ( http://www.abctales.com/user/spack ) from ABCtales, has had his debut novel Submarine published by Hamish Hamilton and it has met with some great reviews. Joe's first submission to this site back in 2001 was in the character of a boy who suffered from a total allergy to modern life. It was so compelling that we thought it might be a true story - and his novel is from the perspective of a 15 year old boy - and...

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