The London Freelance Bookshelf

LONDON Freelance Branch of the NUJ presents a listing of books by members. See the terms and conditions before submitting yours.


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Insulting behaviour... and other misdemeanours by :
Free online ebook at, September 2022

Wynford Hicks was schooled by the Jesuits at Stonyhurst College and won a scholarship in history to Christ Church, Oxford, where he was secretary of the Oxford Union debating society and chaired the university Labour club; joined the anti-nuclear Committee of 100 and co-founded the Oxford anarchist group; taught in east London schools for a year; worked for the Daily Mail, Radio Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the Observer magazine, Police Review and Cornmarket Press where he edited BOAC’s inflight magazine; wrote a column for Freedom, the anarchist weekly; founded and edited the alternative news magazine Inside Story; and taught journalism from 1978 to 1996 at the London College of Printing, City University and various publishing companies. His books include English for Journalists, now in its fourth edition, and Quite Literally, both published by Routledge. Insulting behaviour... and other misdemeanours is his memoir.


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Editors Talk about Editing: Insights for Readers, Writers and Publishers by :
Paperback 217pp £26.20 ISBN 978-1-433-12003-9;
ebook £26.25 ISBN 978-1-454-19075-2;
Published by Peter Lang, January 2015

"Everyone understands what writers do. They write. But editors are a mystery – What is it they do? Editing is serious intellectual labour, a rigorous skillset borne of hard-won experience, which is why Editors Talk About Editing is such a much-needed addition to every word-worker's library. Greenberg is a terrific interviewer, and her conversations with editors brim with both practical advice and nuanced insights. Most important, the book reveals one of the real mysteries of the editing craft: a cast of mind animated by an affinity for ideas, for language and, not least, for one's beloved writers." David Abrahamson, The Medill School, Northwestern University

"Greenberg’s interviews succeed in giving us a privileged view of the art and business of editing, from a wide variety of perspectives. Each interview offers insights into different practices and approaches. Cumulatively - and this is the art of the interviewer, who is an experienced editor herself - they give the reader a concerted, structured and engaging understanding of a hidden process." Claire Squires, Professor of Publishing Studies, University of Stirling

Dr Susan L. Greenberg took up teaching and research after a long career as a journalist, writer and editor. She is a founding member of the International Association of Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS).

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A Poetics of Editing by :
Paperback 265pp £49.99 ISBN 978-3-030-06392-4;
ebook £39.99 ISBN 978-3-319-92246-1;
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, September 2018

A Poetics of Editing: this authoritative book offers a first-ever attempt to define a poetics of the editing arts. It proposes a new field of editing studies, in which the ‘ideal editor’ can be understood in relation to the long-theorised author and reader. The book’s premise is that editing, like other forms of ‘making’, is mostly invisible and can only be brought into full view through a comparative analysis that includes the insights of practitioners. The argument, laid down in careful layers, is supported by a panoramic history tracking shifts in textual authority from religious and secular institutions to the romanticised self of the digital present.

"In this powerful meditation, Greenberg explores books, writing and publishing from an original and critically important angle." Michael Bhaskar, publishing director at Canelo & author of Curation and The Content Machine

"Greenberg’s idea of ‘editing’ is used in suggestively larger social, cultural, personal, phenomenological, and other ways. It is a rich framework for seeing the world." Alan Liu, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara


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Reinventing the Welfare State: Digital Platforms and Public Policies by :
Paperback 209pp £16.99; Kindle or PDF ebook £9.99
ISBN 9781786807106
Published by Pluto Press, September 2020

"The welfare state is unfit for purpose - how can we transform it into a force for equality and social justice?" The covid-19 pandemic has tragically exposed how today’s welfare state cannot properly protect its citizens. Despite the valiant efforts of public sector workers, from under-resourced hospitals to a shortage of housing and affordable social care, the pandemic has shown how decades of neglect has caused hundreds to die. In this bold new book, leading policy analyst Ursula Huws shows how we can create a welfare state that is fair, affordable, and offers security for all.

Huws focuses on some of the key issues of our time - the gig economy, universal, free healthcare, and social care, to criticize the current state of welfare provision. Drawing on a lifetime of research on these topics, she clearly explains why we need to radically rethink how it could change. With positivity and rigor, she proposes new and original policy ideas, including critical discussions of Universal Basic Income and new legislation for universal workers' rights.

She also outlines a "digital welfare state" for the 21st century. This would involve a repurposing of online platform technologies under public control to modernize and expand public services, and improve accessibility.


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Boss Branding: Seven Ways to Craft a Legendary Brand Story by :
Paperback 129pp £9.99
ISBN 9781999609214
Published by Imbue, May 2020

Boss Branding is aimed at freelances and SMEs who seek to build legendary brands. Journalist and leadership expert, Sudhana Singh, combines the art of storytelling with the science of branding to help you:

  • Use coaching questions as scaffolding to build your brand as a journalist and writer
  • Extract the story residing deep within you
  • Craft your story with the Imbue Story Brand Model
  • Reflect and micro-niche to stand out from the crowd
  • Embed values and vision and cast off empty jargon

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Nail It! 7 Steps to life & Business Mastery for Entrepreneurial Leaders by :
Paperback 151pp £9.99
ISBN 9781999609221
Published by Imbue, May 2019

Nail It! is a practical guide crammed with insider tips, tools, advice and stories from successful entrepreneurs showing you how to nail life AND work.

In this post-Covid take on life and leadership, executive coach and journalist Sudhana Singh helps you to:

  • Name and shame the dirty, self-limiting beliefs that hold you back
  • Grow some - the mindset and traits to rock your life and work
  • Bring out your inner coach to pursue your passion
  • Capture your market and followers to keep them hooked

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Kindness Kale & Kettlebells: A journey to self-awareness by :
Paperback 192pp £10.99
ISBN 9781999609207
Published by Imbue, June 2018

Kindness Kale & Kettlebells is an award-winning memoir of human endurance, love, loss and hope. Sudhana Singh lands her dream job as Headteacher. Less than a year later she is frogmarched from her place of work, suffers severe depression and sues her employers for race discrimination. Her family begins to deteriorate. She hits rock bottom.

Join Sudhana on her gut-wrenching journey as she battles bullying, the devastating breakdown of her marriage, fights depression and rises from the ashes to reclaim her life as a mother, leadership coach and journalist.


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Title: Cycling Science: How rider and machine work together by :
Paperback 192pp £14.99
ISBN 9781782406433
Published by Quarto, 2019

With hindsight, this book was inevitable. I'd bought my first bike as a junior reporter to chase fire engines.

It led to editing a bicycle magazine, which opened doors to engineering, science and motoring journalism for the nationals. Then editors at cycling mags tempted me back to two wheels, not to chase anything but to fuse cycling and science.

So the book melds 30 years of experience, explaining how the bike and rider work together, speeding through different areas of physics, technology and the human body. Whoosh!



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Second Time Around by :
Paperback 160pp £5.00; including post and packing
ISBN 978-0-957026-2-6
Published by WaterMarx, 2021; available for £10.99 in bookshops or email or write with cheque to The Ridings, Albert Hill, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9HE

Second Time Around by Barry White is a selection of articles from Barry White's blog, The Spark,, taken from 2014 to beginning of 2021. It is a follow-up to Barry White's first book, On the record (2014).

Barry is a former member of London Public Relations and Communications branch. In 2016 he completed a period of nine years representing the NUJ on the steering committee (board) of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) - the maximum permitted. Second Time Around records a number of solidarity visits to journalists and other media workers, their families and friends in Turkey. Also in 2016, he stood down after nearly 19 years as national organiser for the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, which closed in November 2018. The book also reflects Barry's work in this field.

Barry lives in Settle, north Yorkshire and is a community activist, occasional blogger and secretary of the local climate change group ACE, Action on Climate Emergency Settle and area. He also edits the group's web site at

Editors: Jenny Vaughan (London Freelance Branch) and Bill Mackeith (Oxford Branch). Production: Di Harris and Bob Naylor at WaterMarx Media (Wiltshire Branch).


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We'll All Be Murdered in Our Beds by :
Updated digital edition £2.99;
Published by Lume Books, June 2021

We'll All Be Murdered in Our Beds: the Shocking History of Crime Reporting, by Duncan Campbell, tells the story of the way the media in Britain have covered crime from the early days of the "broadsides" in the eighteenth century to the present day. Roy Greenslade said of the book: "a comprehensive history of crime reporting that will surely never be bettered. Its pages are peopled by the notorious, the cunning and the ghoulish - and that's just the journalists." This new, updated digital edition was published in June 2021 and is available from Lume Books ( at £2.99.

Duncan Campbell is a former Guardian crime correspondent and author of Underworld: the definitive history of Britain's organised crime (Penguin 2019); That Was Business, This Is Personal (Mandarin 1990) and the novel, If It Bleeds (Headline 2009).


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The Bounty Writer by :
Paperback 122 pp £12.99
ISBN 9781999728366
Published by Beachy Books, 2 July 2021

Average freelance earnings are £20,000, so I figure I've got something to say about how to make big money as a freelance.

I'm no Piers Morgan but I've had 30 successful years trading as Don's Hard News and now I am living my dream, two minutes' walk from the beach.

The Bounty Writer tells the story of how I started out as an independent journalist and includes valuable lessons about how to keep the money rolling in - and you don't have to be a household name.

I am nothing special. If I can do it, so can you!


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...and then the Prime Minister hit me... by :
Paperback 320pp £68 plus £6 post & packing (reduced to £55 to NUJ members);
ISBN 978-0-9575405-5-2
Slip-cased limited edition numbered 1-200 £130 including UK postage
Published by Impress, May 2016

Brian Harris has been an editorial photographer for more than 50 years joining the The Times in the 1970s followed by the Independent in the 1980s - where he played a key rôle in forming the renowned Indy style of intelligent editorial photography.

Brian has published ...and then the Prime Minister hit me... - a 320-page hardback book of images and essays covering his life's work.


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Somewhere I Belong by :
Paperback 279pp £11.99; Kindle ebook £7.99
ISBN 978-0578793016
Independently published 18 March 2021 via

Have you ever felt out of place and confined to a life that does not truly belong to you? Constantly waiting for a change that will be your life's turning point? If that sounds familiar, let yourself be carried away in this wonderful adventure. Inspired by a true story, this tale follows the hero's tormented search for meaning, digging into the depths of his soul, whilst travelling to the remotest corners of the planet.Oliver is an ordinary boy, with a passion for writing, who grew up with his father in a monotonous and isolated countryside setting. He leads a largely comfortable life, like everyone else in his village, but senses that something is missing. Rome, London, Kyoto, Bali, Singapore and Sydney are just some of the places that await him in his future destiny, in his desperate search for happiness and finding his true place in the world. This incredible story of travel, passion, misadventure and friendship will make you laugh, cry and move you profoundly. Including tales of drunken nights and other colourful anecdotes, the plot's twists and turns will take you on a journey of discovery, experiencing authentic moments of pure joy.


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What are words worth? by :
Paperback 208pp £8.99; Kindle ebook £3.99
ISBN 979-8694892964
Independently published October 2020 via

Writing is not the glamorous or rich occupation some assume. What Are Words Worth? is Pete May's wry, humorous look at the life of a jobbing writer. Pete's house has subsidence and there's cacophonous drilling from the building work next door. Sacks of wood keep arriving on the doorstep, a rat has appeared in the loo and a feral fox is depositing takeaway containers and colostomy bags in the garden. Agents don't return emails and commissioning editors reject his ideas... But he has earned £1.73 from a book sale on Kindle and two pence in AdSense revenue today. This is Pete May's honest and funny take on the non-genteel poverty of the literary world.

Pete May has written many books, including Man About Tarn, Goodbye To Boleyn, Whovian Dad, The Joy of Essex, There's A Hippo In My Cistern, Hammers in the Heart, Rent Boy and Sunday Muddy Sunday. As a journalist he has contributed to the Guardian, Observer, Independent, Loaded, Time Out and New Statesman. He lives with his wife, two peripatetic daughters and dog Vulcan in Finsbury Park, London.


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Imagining Orwell in Three Continents by
Hardback, with 76 full colour pages; £15 plus p+p;
ISBN 978-1-907352-11-9
Just Press November 2020; available from bookshops, distributed by Central Books
To request PDF copies for editorial review, please contact the author directly:

Imagining Orwell in Three Continents is a photo-book by award-winning photojournalist . Julio's ten year-long project is a travelogue exploring Orwell's journey of discovery from his time as an imperial policeman in Burma in the 1920s, to his adventures as a fighter against Fascism during the Civil War in Spain in the 1930s, and his sojourn in Morocco, which led him to write two seminal books: Burmese Days and Homage to Catalonia, as well as his poignant essay "Marrakech".

"Like Orwell, he is naturally on the side of the man and woman in the street... As a documentarian, he is fearless. He transcends frontiers, language and class" says Robert McCrum - Writer and former Literary Editor of The Observer.

Julio Etchart grew up in Uruguay and later settled in Britain. He has travelled the world as a photo-journalist covering news, social and environmental issues for the international press and NGOs. His previous photo-books include The Forbidden Rainbow and Toys.


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England's Trump Card and other things that haven't happened yet by
ISBN 978-1913294717
Ebook £6.08 plus p+p; TSL Press or from the author at

In England's Trump Card and other things that haven't happened yet:

  • London in the future: third world poverty, tuc-tucs on the streets and an authoritarian tyrant in Downing Street
  • The Prime Minister addresses the nation during the blitz - but it isn't Winston Churchill
  • The Ghost of Christmas Past copes with the age of the internet
  • The strange premiership of Jeremy Corbyn

These twelve stories are about what might become of us - or what might have become of us, if things had panned out slightly differently.

See also Fascist in the Family, the strange life of the author's father, who was one of Britain's most notorious fascists and anti-Semites, published by Routledge at £27.99 and available for £10 from the author at


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Out Of Winter by
Paperback; 416pp; £8.99; also e-book
ISBN 9781444759785
Hodder; 2015

Author and journalist Carol Lee was often separated from her parents as a child and brought up by different people in different parts of the world. As an adult, she believes she isn't close to her family until, with  news of her father's sudden illness in his eighties, she finds a hidden love for both her parents. On long journeys from her home in London to care for them in West Wales, she has time to revisit the past and to reclaim - and repair it. She discovers who her mother and father are - and comes to treasure the last two years they have together, which she brings to life in Out of Winter.

Carol is a freelance journalist and author of nine books. She is a long-time member of LFB and a Life Member of the Union.

A Sunday Times best seller when it was first published, To Die For is the story of a young woman, Emma's, battle with anorexia and bulimia as captured by her God-mother, author and journalist, Carol Lee as she attempts to help Emma confront her illness and to come to terms with its origins. They  have been close since Emma was a toddler, which is why Emma allows Carol into the shadowy, fragile place in her mind where anorexia is her best friend. Interwoven with Carol's words, Emma's diary entries reveal the anger and hurt beneath the surface and show how the power of trust helps bring her back to life. First published by Century (hb 2004) and Arrow (pb 2005), Random House.

A Child Called Freedom commemorates the Soweto Uprising of June 1976 in South Africa, when 15,000 black schoolchildren took to the streets to demand a better education. The police opened fire on unarmed teenagers, and hundreds were killed in what has been described as the apartheid regime's single biggest massacre of black people. The event was a turning point in the world's view of the regime. Years later, staying in Soweto, Lee comes across a boy called Freedom, and a new South African tragedy: this time a black government's woeful neglect of its citizens. While honouring the youth of '76 and Mandela's peerless legacy, in A Child Called Freedom, Lee delivers a searing account of the ANC's betrayal of its own people. First published in hardback by Century (hb 2006) andArrow (pb 2007), Random House. Now from Thistle Publishing.


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Japan: Through Writers' Eyes by
Paperback 366pp; £12.99;
ISBN 978-1906011-08-6
eLand 2009, reissued 2015

Like a traveller in search of enlightenment, Elizabeth Ingrams has tracked down a wealth of writers who have turned their attention to these enigmatic islands. From the earliest European reports of Japan's sophisticated court culture, to eyewitness accounts of the explosion of the atom bomb at Nagasaki and of street life in present-day Ginza, she builds a complex picture of the islands and their people, their refined culture and religious beliefs as well as their changing lifestyles. Exploring the country topographically, she begins in Tokyo, returning to the main island and its once inaccessible northern extremity via the distant islands of Okinawa and Hokkaido.

From the same author, you might also be interested in Wasfiri.


Sam Sutcliffe (author)

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Nobody Of Any Importance: A Foot Soldier's Memoir Of World War 1 by Sam Sutcliffe, edited by his son, LFB member Phil Sutcliffe Paperback; pp £10, e-book £5, published by Sutcliffe & Son 2014
ISBN 978-0992956721
Available from
All proceeds to British Red Cross (£5300+ raised as of December 2020 - the Red Cross get more through direct sales from Phil).

Foot soldier Sam Sutcliffe enlisted at 16, fought on the front line at Gallipoli 1915, the Somme 1916, and Arras 1918. He starved, he froze, he got shelled and shot at and gassed, and bitten by lice and centipedes. He saw men wounded, dying and driven mad, and to his lifelong regret, he killed. Somehow he stayed lucky, survived - and, in his seventies, he finally unleashed his remarkable near-total-recall memory and wrote it all down, toddlerhood to demob and 1919 Peace Parade. My father had a harsh honesty, strong opinions, a dry-to-sardonic-to-ribald sense of humour and he didn't hold back whether detailing his poverty-stricken childhood in north London, his final fight-to-the-last-man battle on the Western Front, or his view from the trenches of the Poor Bloody Infantry's lead-from-the-rear commanders. He gives the facts as he sees them - and his feelings still deep in his soul down all the decades. Just through one pair of eyes, as he always emphasises; no historian, just a boy who left school at 14 and lived it and, eventually told it.

Also available via the same site: separate "battlefield" e-book excerpts from the Memoir on Gallipoli, the Somme, Arras 1918/Spring Offensive/Sam the POW.


Peter Bechtel (author),

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Disequilibrium by Peter Bechtel, edited by LFB member
Paperback £12.37;
ISBN 9781733462709; e-book £3.43
published by Peter H Bechtel 2019
Available from Amazon

Peter Bechtel is the founder of three major conservation areas in Mozambique: the Quirimbas National Park; the Lake Niassa Reserve; and the Ilhas Primeiras and Segundas Marine Reserve. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Biofund, Mozambique's first Trust Fund for the Conservation of Nature, and was the driving force behind the CARE-WWF Alliance, established in 2008 to address the root causes of poverty and environmental degradation. He also battles bipolar disorder and alcoholism.

Disequilibrium tells the story of the creation of the Quirimbas National Park and the author's simultaneous descent into the uncontrolled cycles of mania and depression that characterize bipolar disorder and threaten the lives and wellbeing of those affected.  The author's struggles to establish the park in the face of widespread poaching and appalling human poverty parallel his painstaking efforts to regain both ‘a functional approximation of sanity' and then the love and respect of his wife and family. A photo gallery accompanies the text.

Disequilibrium brings hope not just for those facing personal challenges, but for all of us as we look for ways to live in harmony with nature on a rapidly depleting planet. See also

Jenny Vaughan is a former senior editor at Macdonald Educational (now part of Hachette); Deputy editor of Child Education magazine (in the very distant past); back in the 1980s Senior Editor Longman Kenya (Nairobi); Training officer Zimbabwe Publishing House (Harare) (also in the 1980s); and a freelance ever since for a range of publishers, including Macmillan Education (African section).Currently editor of the Journal of the Britain Zimbabwe Society, Zimbabwe Review. She is till trying to be a successful novelist and poet. "Disequilibrium was one of the first memoir projects I took on in this category and remains my favourite."


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Europe In Flux - Peering In Through An Outsider Insider Lens pictures and words by
Paperback; 288pp; £30.00;
ISBN 9789966022325
published by Pierre Alozie - Footprints press (Kenya), 2019
Buy online here

With Brexit on the front page of every news outlet, this book revisits another point in time on the European continent where political upheaval changed the course of history. During the fall of the Berlin wall and the breakup of the USSR I lived there and covered much of the aftermath of this momentous event. In former Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, (1989-90) the Bosnian civil war (1992), Georgia and Azerbaijan (1993), I documented the upheavals, conflicts, people and power brokers.

Fast-forward two decades and I again photographed two major social-politcal events within the EU: the Catalonian referendum and the UK referendum resulting in Brexit.

This book, Europe in Flux plots how the breakup of the Soviet Union in the 1980s and 90s prompted a resurgence of nationalism, ethnic tensions and territorial ambitions across multiple countries. If the EU were to disintegrate, these same ideological forces could reignite conflicts in Europe that have been held in check by its creation.

Europe in Flux, considers the consequences of the break up of the USSR and, through reflection, the perspectives that can be gleaned and applied to the EU lest should we forget.

Personal narratives accompany the photographs from notes written at the time. There are also texts by Phillip Inman, Economics editor of the Observer and Dr Judi Wakhungu, Kenya's Ambassador to France.

I am a Franco/Nigerian photographer now based in London. I have been publishing my photographs since 1988. The work in this book maps my travels in Europe as an insider and outsider documenting political events as they unfold.