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About TheGrifter

  • Birthday 08/25/1961

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    Author (Canal Noir)
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    Jumping Jack Flash (fictional)
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    It moves all over the country

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  1. Canal Pushers, a crime thriller set on the Stratford and the Worcester & Birmingham Canals, is now available to pre-order as hard back or as an e-book. It's the first in the Jumping Jack Flash series which moves around the UK's canals and waterways. Jack Johnson, a newly divorced and penniless ex-journalist decides to live on a boat, meets a mysterious woman and is quickly embroiled in a cat-and-mouse chase with the media, a drug-dealing gang and a serial killer known as the Canal Pusher. Written with the help and advice of three CanalWorld regulars and published by Orphans Publishing. (nb permission has been given by the site owner for this information to be posted)
  2. Hullo. I am available if anyone needs a reasonably experienced crew member for up to a week at a time all year round. I semi-retired, 57-years-old, a married father of two and a former BBC journalist and now a published fiction writer. Trips would preferably be in the Midlands or West Country regions but I am happy to consider anything anywhere. I have hired boats many times but never owned one and I have no experience of tidal rivers and zero skill at engine maintenance. However, I can cook well and rub along with most people and dogs. I would not require payment.
  3. ....and thanks Matty. Your feedback has been invaluable. As a result, Jack and Nina are still together for book 2 and our brief delivery trip has inspired an idea for book 3!
  4. Better than sinking without a trace I guess - thankyou so much Andy
  5. Yes there will.... more details when I know them....(although hardback signed first edition will be worth thousands of ££s in 200 years. If it’s not you can sue me!) 😂
  6. If any forum members would like to pre-order a signed hardback first edition of CANAL PUSHERS by Andy Griffee, it is available via www.orphanspublishing.co.uk. Unsigned copies are also available to pre-order before the May 2nd launch date either online from Amazon or Waterstones or by calling into any good bookshop. (nb permission for these links to be publicised on Canal World has been secured from the site owner - subject to it being done in a reasonable fashion and subject to review.)
  7. Apologies - I am a relative newcomer to both the forum and to fiction writing. I shall contact Dhutch as you suggest.
  8. Delighted to reveal the cover of my debut novel CANAL PUSHERS (by Andy Griffee) which is the first of the Jumping Jack Flash series of crime thrillers set on the canals and rivers of the UK. Written with the expert input of a trio of Canal World forum members, CANAL PUSHERS is based on the Midlands canals and will be published this May 2nd. Join newly divorced ex-journalist Jack and Nina, a stranger he meets on the towpath, as they tangle with the media, organised crime and a serial killer nicknamed the Canal Pusher who is stalking the region's waterways. The series continues with Jack onboard his 64ft stern cruiser, Jumping Jack Flash, as he moves on to Bath in book 2 (called River Rats.) Book 3, currently being researched, will be based on the Thames at Oxford.
  9. Does anyone with a boat moored at or near Oxford wish to rent it out as accommodation-only to a writer this winter? I am keen to do this in order to research the third of the Jumping Jack Flash series of crime thrillers which are set across Britain's canal network. The first is published next May 2019 and is called Canal Pushers. I would now like to do some research for the third book which will be set on Oxford's canal and rivers. I will pay a reasonable rent to stay on a comfortable mooring for one to two weeks this winter. Can anyone help?
  10. You are correct and may have a discounted signed copy for spotting the deliberate mistake! Doh.....🙄
  11. Thanks very much. Yes, but it'll be hardback at first. More details after Christmas.
  12. Delighted to share that Canal Pushers, the first novel in The Jumping Jack Flash series of thrillers set on the UK's canals and waterways will be published on May 25th 2018 by Orphans Press of Leominster. Many thanks to Victor Vectis, zenataomm and Matty40 for responding to my appeal on this forum to be my expert group of boating advisors. More details nearer the launch but grateful for all and any ideas from Forum members on how to promote and sell the book to the canal community.
  13. Many thanks for time and trouble taken.
  14. I had a look at C&RT websites as I thought the number of active licences would give a clue - but can't see any data.
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