Writer’s ‘Have One on Me’ Pub Shout

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Leeds born author Paul Carroll has found an unusual way of getting his new novel, Trouble Brewing, into readers’ hands – he’s secretly leaving copies of the novel around West Yorkshire pubs with the message ‘Read Me’ pasted on the cover. Anybody who finds the book is encouraged to take it, read it and then leave it in another location for somebody else to find. Set in the imaginary White Rose town of Brimdale Trouble Brewing follows disgraced celebrity chef Brian Parkin as he leads a campaign to save the Brimdale Brewery and its ‘miracle’ Brim ale from closure. This…

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Paul Carroll’s latest comic novel Trouble Brewing is no small beer

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Set around the fate of a small Yorkshire brewery, Paul Carroll’s latest novel Trouble Brewing is a light-hearted, comic and entertaining read, full of quirky characters, twists and turns. Brian Parkin, a TV celebrity chef whose star is on the wane, is enlisted as an unlikely figurehead to help save the Brimdale brewery in this bittersweet tale. Brimdale is facing closing time as it strives to protect its famous Brim ‘miracle’ ale. Centuries of tradition as well as jobs are at stake and, as if that wasn’t enough, a rival brewery will stop at nothing to nobble its pesky competitor….

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At the London Book Fair. Extract from Written Off.

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Back over at Olympia the man on whom Belinda, if not his client, was pinning all of her hopes was taking a well-earned break from his busy schedule at the London Book Fair. As he looked around for a seat in the busy cafeteria Emily Chatterton beckoned him over to her table. ‘Hugo, I didn’t think I’d see you in here – are you hiding from someone?’ ‘Just taking a well-earned breather away from the madhouse. But you’re here so you must be avoiding somebody too.’ Emily laughed. ‘Let’s just say I had the same idea as you. We should…

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Literary Agent Trolling. Extract from Written Off

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Hugo let out an exclamation as he checked his timeline. ‘Arsehole. Being bloody trolled again.’ Now it was Emily’s turn to be amused. ‘Another of your fans, Hugo?’ It was no secret that Hugo had a tendency to court controversy within this most popular of social sites. Agents and editors like Hugo and Emily had no trouble attracting thousands of followers on Twitter – most of them eager to have any form of contact with the literary world they were so desperate to join. Professionals like Hugo and Emily never followed back – this was strictly a one-way transaction. Since…

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Writer’s Block? Extract from Written Off

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Eric was keen to ensure that the level of conversation on their table was pitched at an intellectual level befitting their esteemed guest.   With all of the clockwork clunk of a chat show host he wound himself up. ‘I read somewhere that Dan Brown likes to hang upside down in gravity boots when he’s writing.   Do you have any particular habits you adhere to when you’re writing, Reardon?’ The author pondered for a moment. ‘Are you sure that wasn’t Bram Stoker?’ Nobody got his little joke, so he continued. ‘I was unaware of Mr Brown’s writing quirk but the revelation…

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