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Debut novel due out15/10/20

Andrew Dutton
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I think would have done very badly in lockdown if I hadn’t had a piece of luck and had a novel accepted for publication - this has kept me busy and ‘on the rails’ when not advising/fulminating about UC.

In a shameless piece of self-promotion, may I present ‘Nocturne: Wayman’s Sky’?

Guaranteed free of any reference to welfare benefits, it’s the story of a fanatical star-gazer who is bemused and enraged by lies and ‘twaddle’ gaining over the truth, and the way that many people seem to prefer to be lied to. 

Amazon link below - other sites will have it too, of course. Published 15/10/20, paperback, with an e-book version coming a bit later.

This is very much an ‘indie’ release with a small initial print run; I’d be very grateful to anyone willing to take a punt and see if they like it.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nocturne-Waymans-Sky-Andrew-Dutton/dp/1788649079

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This is fantastic news, Andrew. Well done!

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Pre-ordered, looking forward to it

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Well done Andrew. An actual paperback too rather than an e-book. Excellent. Fingers crossed for you.

Cover reminds me of Harvest Moon by Neil Young.

Busy writing my fake review now 😊

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Can’t wait to read it Andrew - fantastic achievement!

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Andrew Dutton - 21 September 2020 12:10 PM

enraged by lies and ‘twaddle’ gaining over the truth, and the way that many people seem to prefer to be lied to. 

A realistic main character anyway!

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Thanks all for your kind words.

Mike’s cover art lookalike is interesting! Mr Young is one of my oldest favourites but I didn’t think of Harvest Moon (consciously) when selecting the cover - honest! 

The designer is however a fan of my all-time favourites, Twelfth Night.

If this books takes off, the next one will be about a young woman who wants to destroy all existing music and start again, and play a gig on the Moon.

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Andrew can you serialise a bit of the book here to give us a taste?

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I have just pre-ordered my copy, Andrew.

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bemused and enraged by lies and ‘twaddle’ gaining over the truth, and the way that many people seem to prefer to be lied to.

and it’s nothing to do with Welfare Rights? Freudian slip if ever I saw one!

Congrats Andrew.

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Congratulations Andrew! Wishing you every success.

Andrew Dutton
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Thanks very much everyone. The book was published on schedule and copies have started landing on doorsteps. One smartypants friend has already pointed out a typo - in the legal bits in the front! A very few more typos have survived the editing process but if the book gets a second print run they will be exterminated!

I haven’t been able to serialise, as suggested above by Vonny, but the e-book version should be out soon and it should have a ‘See Inside’ facility. Plus, for a few days, it will be free to download.  Books ‘sold’ this way will probably still count as some kind of income under the Universal Credit (WTH (Aaarrrrg)) Regulations 2013.

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Yes, deliberate deprivation/failure to apply. Giving away assets that could be sold.

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Arrived yesterday and has replaced a particularly stodgy UT decision that I just cannot get to grips with on the bedside table.  Sad but true.  Yes i do have a family, thank you.

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Hi - the e-book edition is imminent, and it will be promoted on Amazon as a free download between 5th and 9th November.

The more downloads the merrier! It’s a form of electronic attention-seeking…..

At least one person has read the whole thing - my brother! He is a notoriously merciless critic about most books/music etc, but he seemed to like it. Phew.