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Month: April 2020

Steady sales

10 days after the release of Show Me The Way To Santiago and so far I have dealt with 23 book orders and have sold 3 Kindle versions. The total raised for MND stands at just over £150. I plan to release a number of short video clips of extracts from the book over the coming weeks.

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Show Me The Way To Santiago and MND Society

All my ‘profits’ from the sales of Show Me The Way to Santiago will be going to support the work of the Motor Neurone Disease Society (MND). I lost a good friend to MND last October. Christine was also my unofficial book salesperson in the North East, having persuaded many friends, fellow knitters and others to purchase my first book A Pennine Way Odyssey. Her husband Trevor, had walked the last three legs of the Pennine Way with me. Trevor and Christine had been good friends for 10 years and she is still sorely missed. Release date of SHOW ME THE WAY TO SANTIAGO is still 2 days away, but already pre-order sales have raised nearly £100 for MND

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Show Me The Way To Santiago Publication details

I am happy to announce that Show Me The Way To Santiago will be available from the 18th April. All my profits from the sales of the book will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Society (MND)
The paperback version will retail at £17.99 from Amazon and other on-line book selling outlets.
Sales from this route will contribute around £2 per book to the MND.
A kindle version is available for £6.99.
This will contribute £2.40 per book to MND.
I will be purchasing a number of books myself, in order to provide books for friends and family and to provide signed copies. (upon request). Some of these books will be available for future book launch events, when circumstances allow.
Such signed copies will be available for £14.50 plus postage.
This arrangement will contribute £5 per book to the MND.
To take advantage of this offer simply send an email to



So let there be no mistake we are at war,
though our enemy wears an invisible cloak,
targets indiscriminately without fear or remorse
leaves no corner of the globe untouched and yet
We rehearsed this catastrophe four years ago.
Identified our weaknesses, of which there were many
Put in the pile; ‘too difficult’, it’ll never happen
But it is. Here. Now. Each minute of every hour.

And who is at the front line fighting this enemy?
Who is it that is taking the brunt for us all?
Not the politicians, city slickers, certainly not the banks
It’s our NHS staff who are right in the face of it
having to fight an enemy they just can’t see
except in the lungs and the eyes of their patients
Seeing the fear of death, whilst knowing they are at risk, too
Yet, and this is what makes it so hard for me

They needn’t have been at such high risk at all
if in the knowledge of what would be needed
those who could have acted on all our behalfs
had taken reasonable and necessary steps.
Ensured that when, not if, a global pandemic struck
we could arm front-line troops with what they needed
not throw them to the mercy of the four winds, as
we did with our young boys over a hundred years ago.

So fuck you gutless, incompetent politicians.
Hold your heads in shame, you deserve no sympathy.
we’re now throwing money away like confetti, to
shut the door, but the bloody horse has bolted.
We could have saved many more by spending before.
When the dust has settled on this human disaster
and we are all remembering our dead, as best we can
let us not forget that we were involved in a war.

and that every man and woman on that front line
deserves our admiration and so much more
every one of their names must be inscribed
on memorials in each place they came from
their bravery should be remembered year after year
the same way the fallen are from wars fought before
never let us forget that they died to save us
and never let our NHS be under prepared anymore.

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