So today’s the day. ‘A Game For The Young’ is finally available to purchase and read from a multitude of online retailers including Amazon, Waterstones, Tesco and WHSmith. What a feeling!

With four years of research, writing and editing behind me; I’m feeling confident that the novel is in good shape and am looking forward to hearing what other readers make of it.

It’s a huge relief to get to this point but I’m mindful of all the help I’ve received along the way, so it feels right to say a few thank yous:

Firstly a big thank you to Tessa, Aimee, Nia, Bethan, Cat and all of the team at Rowanvale Books. A truly fantastic service I’d recommend to any aspiring author.

I also want to say a huge thank you to Camilla Hill for helping me ensure that some of the more scientific elements of the novel were as close to fact as possible. This was really important to keep the story grounded in reality.

Thank you to Ryan Mustchin for taking the time to read a particularly early draft of the novel, and to my friends and family – who have been nothing but supportive from the moment I ‘came out’ as a writer.

And of course, thank you to my wife Caroline; who edited, made suggestions, argued her points and supported me throughout the whole process.

Though the book is published and the write a novel ‘to do’ item on my bucket list has a healthy tick next to it, I’ve most definitely caught the bug and am now writing my second novel. Let’s hope this one doesn’t take me another four years!

All the best and thank you once again.


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