Sunday, 27 November 2011

BOOK NEWS: Off The Record - a charity anthology

Off The Record - if the Ramones had been crime-writers


Today sees the Amazon launch of the kindle version of Off The Record: thirty-eight short stories based on classic song titles. The collection sees writers from both sides of the Atlantic coming together to produce an anthology of contemporary short stories, with all proceeds being donated to two Children's Literacy charities. In the UK it's the National Literacy Trust and in the US, Children's Literacy Initiative.

My contribution to the anthology is A New England.  The story offers a young policeman's perspective on the anti-BNP march, which took to the streets of Welling, south London in 1993, and which exposed the then government's clampdown on growing anti-fascist protests in the shadow of Stephen Lawrence's murder.

Off The Record is a snapshot of the indie e-book nation at the end of a year which has seen the medium cement its place in the market. Edited by Luca Veste, writer and blogger in chief at Guilty Conscience, it's a powerchord of punk-in-publishing spirit, which has found a natural home online and in e-book form.

It's like 38 members of the Ramones got together and wrote stories. If you don't like what you read, there's another one along in a minute.

Off The Record is avalable from Amazon as an e-book - currently at a knockdown £2.29. The paperback version should follow in a few days.

For the full rundown of the tunes, check Court Merrigan's YouTube OFF THE RECORD playlist.






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