Alan Tootill is a novelist with ten titles in the Martin Cole and Blackpool series to his credit. He is also the author of the most significant analysis of the prospects for UK shale gas fracking.
His non-fiction published title, Fracking The UK, came out on Kindle and in paperback in March 2013, and discusses the threat to Britain of a new dash for gas. It remains the only analysis of why the US experience shows the UK government's imposition of shale gas exploration on an unwilling public is ill-judged and unacceptable. Newly published in December 2016 is the update - The Storm rages On. The second volume charts the progress - or lack of it - of fracking in the UK and the propaganda war that surrounds the issue.
After living for over 25 years in Devon, Alan returned to the Fylde, where he grew up, and now lives in Lytham St Annes. Alan continues to study the progress of the fracking agenda and give support locally and nationally for anti-fracking initiatives.
Alan spends his year partly in the Fylde and partly in Puglia, Italy. Not to mention regular trips to India, where he has travelled extensively over the last twenty years and now regularly attends classical music festivals. He has two grown-up children, and his wife Christine is a writer of mathematics courses and textbooks.
Alan's background includes technical writing, writing for magazines and press agent work, but it was with the Martin Cole series that he turned to creating fiction. Currently there are five books in this series, and four in the Blackpool novels. His work includes a book of short stories continuing the Blackpool noir/pulp theme, and by contrast a further light-hearted Roselake novel, which one reviewer has dubbed "The English Clochemerle".
So when his friend Nigel asks him to house-sit his Devon country cottage whilst Nigel takes an extended vacation, Martin jumps at the chance. But if Martin was expecting a quiet life he is in for a shock. Roselake seems peaceful at first glance, but soon Martin finds himself with serious problems. Wild women and raw home-distilled spirits he can cope with, but murder is something he was not prepared for.
At times flippant, at times soul-searching, at times naif, Martin muddles through. Whether due to his intuition or just plain luck, Martin solves the Blackleigh murders, making some friends - and enemies - along the way.
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Cole In The Country finds Martin moving down to Devon after divorce from his wife Carol and eviction from his London home. Martin expects to enjoy a quiet rural idyll house-sitting for his friend Nigel, who has gone for an extended stay in New Zealand.
But Martin has not bargained for wild women, raw hooch and strange goings-on in the cowshed. And he certainly didn’t expect to find a corpse.
Steve's return rakes up the past, revealing a tale of drugs, deception, long-held grudges and murder.
Alan Tootill's second Blackpool Novel continues his fictional vision of a town fuelled by crime, greed and lust.