Friday, 10 January 2014


2013 was a truly horrible year for my family. I will write in more detail about this at a later date. The one bright spot, at the very end of the year was the paperback publication of my first book - The Balloon Man In Edinburgh - a comic novella set in Edinburgh. It was out as an ebook some months ago but there is something specially exciting about holding your own book in your hand. Hope this becomes a long lived piece of Edinburgh Fiction

  It got excellent reviews on Amazon and I am now busy thinking of strategies to promote  its sale in bookshops. After the sorrows of last year its good to have something positive to think about so, perhaps you will forgive me for blowing my own trumpet. Am hoping this is the start of a real writing career.

 At the moment its available through Amazon in the U.K. Once again sorry about the shameless p-lug and happy New Year to you all

  If I haven't tried your patience too far click on the code below and read the reviews and the first two chapters for free. Thank you.

  John R. Nicoll


  1. I am so glad you are back.

  2. Thanks Sledpress. Lost my beloved Mum and Dad last year. So didn't have much heart for the blog. Hope you are well

  3. Ouch! Did the blog software toss away my reply? I am sorry you had a year as rough as that... I lost two people who meant a lot to me in 2007 and for quite some while I didn't feel alive at all.

    I get headaches from trying to read e-books (haven't gotten to the Kindle thing yet) so I'm starting a short-list with your book since it doesn't seem to be on the USA Amazon. Every so often there's something I have to go to Amazon UK to get, I save it up till there's a few things. I like the flavor of the bits that are available to read.

  4. Oh sorry to hear that 2013, oh I just read what you wrote above, you lost both of them? That is so so tragic, my heart goes out to you, I don't think I could bear that pain, I am so sorry for your loss.

  5. Thanks Tabitha. They were good, honourable people who sacrificed their youth in the Second World War and were of the generation that ensured post war prosperity. I intend writing about them more fully in the future. Thank you again xxx