Sunday, 18 March 2012

ABIDE WITH ME: The Final Hours . . .

So here it is.

Just hours to go before the official launch of my debut novel - ABIDE WITH ME.

It's been a long road.  If I could mention everyone that has supported me on this journey, I'd be here all night.  Suffice to say, you know who you are.  And to each and every one, you have my heartfelt thanks.  Always.

In these final hours, my thoughts are turning to the very beginning of this journey.  I wrote a scene about a boy watching a cup final.  I knew there was another boy across the road suffering.  And that was it.  No plan.  Definitely no plan whatsoever of the book becoming published - no plan even for a chapter two.  

Yet here we are.

ABIDE WITH ME will be officially launched tomorrow in both paperback and ebook editions, and my first book signing will take place at Waterstones, Romford just a few days later.

As I've said before . . . blimey.

As you may have heard my brilliant and courageous publisher - CAFFEINE NIGHTS - have announced a daring promotion of the Kindle version of ABIDE WITH ME, and two of the other new releases set for Monday 19th March - the brilliant FRANK'S WILD YEARS by Nick Triplow, and Nick Quantrill's second Joe Geraghty novel - the fantastic THE LATE GREATS.  

News of the Kindle promotion can be found here

Also today, my interview with my good friend Richard Godwin, went live on Richard's site today here

An exclusive extract from ABIDE WITH ME can be found in the latest edition of the excellent BEAT THE DUST here

And finally a very nice little review of ABIDE WITH ME appeared on PAGE BOOKSHELF CENTRAL here

So it leaves me to say, once again, thank you, and if you do happen to either buy the paperback or download the ebook, I hope you enjoy the story of John and Kenny and Dad and Mum and Becky and Dribblin Albert and Ronnie Swordfish, and all the others - the voices in my head that came to life through the pages of ABIDE WITH ME.

Warmest regards,



  1. Aw, Ian. Am smiling after reading that. Congrats hon. Looking forward to the signing. Em xx

  2. Nice one mate, I'm so pleased to have been about (nearly) at the beginning.

  3. Good luck with it, Ian. Be proud. Be very proud.