Fracking The UK 2: The Storm Rages On

Alan Tootill
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 Alan Tootill's first volume of Fracking The UK discussed the threat to Britain of a new dash for gas. It concluded that the US experience shows the UK government's imposition of shale gas exploration on an unwilling public is ill-judged and unacceptable. Published in March 2013, this remains an essential primer to fracking and how it might affect the UK.

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.

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 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".

His Martin Cole Novels, centred on the fictional Devon town of Roselake, combine humour and crime mystery. The Blackpool Novels are grittier, a new British noir blended with pulp fiction.
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