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".
In this new volume, Alan Tootill covers the events in the UK since 2013, and with the struggle against fracking winning the political argument in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, concentrates on the English dimension to the continuing war against an unwanted industrialisation of our countryside and unwarranted attack on environmental and human health, human rights and local democracy.
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.
For the rest of Blackpool, before the problems started, it was business as usual. But then people started getting wise. The stories started emerging how the fracking companies, purpose-built venture frackploitation capital firms, were wrecking the land and air. The profit from raping the countryside was going abroad to their US, Australian and Cayman Island and other offshore backers. The only money that stayed in the country went into corrupt politicians’ pockets.
Of course back in the early 2010s no-one knew this was coming. But the signs were there. The environmentalists raged on about earthquakes, water pollution and health problems. Most folk didn’t listen. The antis were a ragbag lot, and as often as not were squabbling between themselves. When one of them died in front of a fracking fluid lorry she was blamed for her own stupidity.
Now the Fylde is ruined forever, and everyone’s wise after the event.