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The Knock – a recommended read for your travels

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 Please vote for my book, The Knock, in the World’s Best Story competition. It’s a slice of fiction about the adventures and misadventures of a bunch of highly competitive tabloid newspaper reporters. The book has made it to the last 100 and round two of the competition – staged in the U.S., Britain, the Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada.

 They are choosing the final ten this month and the winner will be unveiled at Canada’s Toronto International Book Fair in November. The judges are looking for a blockbuster and there are prizes for the readers who vote in the competition as well as the winning authors

To vote go on to the website


Register your details. It’s very simple, just an email address and a password. You will be sent an email with a link to click to confirm registration. Then you can log in with your email and password. The site doesn’t seem to like ipads and iphones so it’s best to use a laptop or desktop PC.

At top of home page click on stories. To find my story click on general fiction. You will spot it there by the book cover I have displayed abovee. You might have to go down the list of books a bit. Click on the book and you will get a series of barometer style settings. Put what you think and hit the save button and vote.

Some of the readers will be winning shopping vouchers. So good luck to you as well!

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Here is a previous piece I wrote about my book:


A traveller’s tale

Holiday checklist – camera, toothbrush, sunglasses, beachwear……..oh, and a good book!

A book is often an essential companion for many travellers as they endure long airplane, train and car journeys or simply languish on a beach.

So this blog post is devoted to recommending a really good, unusual book which I hope you will read and enjoy. It’s called The Knock and it’s by Peter Taylor. Yes, that’s me.

As well as travel writing, I also write fiction and this novel is about a fictional tabloid newspaper in northern England and about the adventures and misadventures of its super competitive news reporters when they are out on the street doorstepping to get stories.

Some of the characters in my book are slick city tabloid reporters who have developed the technique of doorstepping into an art form. The central character has not yet developed the hard skin that news reporters need to carry out their work on a daily basis and is asking questions about how far doorstepping on people, in all kinds of different circumstances, should be allowed to go in the constant pursuit of information.

Phone hacking and press intrusion

I started writing my book when the phone hacking trial was taking place in Britain. This has been one of the longest and most expensive trials in British criminal history. It was all about intrusion on private lives by hacking in to telephone lines.

Phone hacking was a technique used to listen to people’s mobile voicemail. People in the news – celebrities, politicians and even crime victims – were targeted so journalists could find angles on stories that would get them ahead of the competition.

They would listen to private messages left on voicemail, make a recording of them, and use the information to help write stories.

This was criminal activity which had to be stamped out and it showed just how far a few unscrupulous individuals were prepared to go in the pursuit of a story. On another level, it also highlighted press intrusion as a central issue in society.

 I started writing my book while all this was going on because I wanted to write about the ways in which reporters are always faced with the issue of intrusion in to private lives on an almost daily basis. I know quite a bit about this after a long career spent as a reporter/writer working in regional and local newspapers.

Small time journalists – big time ambitions

It’s about the kind of situations young reporters can be faced with when they are starting off their careers on smaller newspapers and how they are expected to toughen up, and maybe encouraged by their managers to do so, if they want to go on to bigger things.

The book exaggerates and is almost satirical at times. Fiction allows the writer to exaggerate in order to develop his story and make it an interesting read but this book was, without doubt, extrapolated from the reality of the modern day newsroom.




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