The Jake & Jouma Series

In late 2007, the manuscript for a crime thriller called  Bait, set in Kenya, was one of a handful selected for publication by Macmillan New Writing. However the same day Nick was also offered a contract by London-based literary agency Gregory & Company. Choosing to go with the latter, Bait was subsequently bought by Piatkus, an imprint of Little, Brown publishers, as part of a two-book deal featuring the characters Daniel Jouma, a Kenyan detective, and Jake Moore, a Geordie fishing boat owner.

The novel was published in December 2008, and the sequel, Burn, in June 2009. Two more Jake and Jouma novels were published by Piatkus: Machete, in July 2010, and Snakepit, in July 2011.

In April 2010, US magazine Booklist included Bait in its list of Best Crime Novels of the Year.


The Bug House Series

Set in Newcastle and featuring investigations carried out by a small team of detectives under the watchful eye of Detective Superintendent Theo Vos, the “Bug House” series (the name derives from the office where the detectives are based) was purchased by Constable Robinson in 2013 and published as three ebook novellas throughout 2014. For this series, Nick wrote under the pen name Jim Ford.

Other Fiction

In April 2010, one of Nick’s short stories, Withholding The Evidence, was included in an anthology entitled No Man & Other Stories To Help Haiti. The collection, which also features the work of Alexander McCall Smith and William Peter Blatty, is available exclusively in ebook form, with all profits going to Unicef to aid victims of the Haiti earthquake.



His first book, a guide to Coronation Street, was published shortly after leaving his job as features editor on a national UK newspaper in 1999 to go freelance.

Since then he has written several non-fiction titles on subjects ranging from cannabis to manufactured pop music. His last non-fiction book was a history of the Tour de France, entitled Vive Le Tour, published in 2007. This book was reissued in May 2010 and May 2013 by Anova Books, with updated entries and foreword. He has also updated a book of World Cup football trivia, The Amazing World Cup Compendium, to coincide with the 2010 World Cup Finals.


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