Monday, 16 July 2007

A Paramedic's Diary - THE BOOK

Right folks. TPD is being published in book form and will be out in October this year. The publisher, Monday Books, have already gone ahead with the pre-press stuff and you can find it on Amazon.co.uk, Play.com and Waterstones.co.uk (as well as other places I believe), where it can be pre-ordered if you are inclined to buy.

The title is 'A Paramedic's Diary - Life and Death in London' and the cover is yet to be confirmed, so I would like your feedback on it when you see it. You will also discover my name, of course...

The intention of the book is to reach a wider audience (and it doesn't hurt the finances either I have to say) it is NOT intended to glorify the job I do or to patronise patients or colleagues. It is about what I do and will serve as a record of my career. I have been published before but this is the first time I have written a book of this kind, so I am hoping it will all go well.

For the record, although my bosses know about this blog and the book, the London Ambulance Service is not officially involved in any way. The book is therefore a biographical work and nothing more. I will, of course, have added stories that I have never posted, as well as expanded thoughts and views.

:-)

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!

David said...

Can I be the second to congratulate you - congratulations!
So you're not 'doing a Tom Reynolds' and publishing under a pseudonym then? Or even a Belle De Jour and maintaining total anonymity?
When working out the cover, don't do what Tom did and end up with a library picture of a St John vehicle on the front. I think he's still trying to live that one down...

Anonymous said...

Good luck, XF.

Night Warden said...

Well done! Been reading your blog for a while now and it always fascinates me. Good luck with the book.

Sian said...

Congratulations on the book. will keep an eye out for it

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, congratulations. I will definately be buying!

Helen

elm said...

Great News!
My fave blog goes paperback :) Hope that I will be able to get a copy down here to Australia...

About a cover: I like the picture on the top of your current blog, simple and authentic. Something on that shot wouldn't go astray.
But then again, I'm open for everything else too.

Keep up the good work!

Sue said...

Congrats! That's great news. Will look for it on Amazon later.

Anonymous said...

congratulations xf looked at the preview of front cover on play.com not 2 sure yet, it looks bit like quite American style?
All the best with book, got toms book will get yours1 just remind your readers nearer the time
Best wishes
joan

Sam said...

well done xf. I have checked out the book cover on amazon. I think it's good, not sure about the cnalubm across the front of it though. Like everything else about the cover though. I look forward to reading it - i hope you will keep up the blog though too :)

Sam

Anonymous said...

All the best......... Will def purchase a copy.... Can see it being a good read....

Ken said...

Congratulations :-)

Picklepuss said...

Fantastic, congrats :) So, will there be an ebook?

Anonymous said...

excellent news i have become somewhat addicted to your blog and will be camping outside waterstones on the day of release!!! hope the LAS give you time off for a book signing tour.

Anonymous said...

i have just visited waterstones and the cover looks good congratulations stewart,keep up the good work i for one will be buying

blog dog said...

Good Luck!

oliviascotland said...

Congratulations on the book! Look forward to seeing a copy when it comes out.

Scott H said...

Congrats!

caramaena said...

Congrats :)

Anonymous said...

Excellent news XF. Will it be out in the next two weeks? Only I am going on holiday and I always look out for a good holiday read. Hope you are well....

Fooyum :-)

Petrolhead said...

Woohoo, I can't wait to read it! :D

Anonymous said...

Really happy to read about the book - I'll be buying, I love your blog. How can we get signed copies? :)

Maz said...

Wow that's brilliant news, congratulations, you deserve it - you must have spent hours and hours posting on your blog, keeping all us 'wannabe's' happy! Have just finished Tom's book which I couldn't put down - no doubt your's will be the same, if not better!! I will definitely be buying.!

Xf said...

david

I decided to use my own name for the book. As for the cover, unfortunately that is up to the publisher but I have been passing on your collective feedback about the current design idea.

Thanks

Xf said...

elm

I can't use any LAS related photographs I'm afraid as the book is my own work and not supported by my employers.

Xf said...

picklepuss

The publisher will decide on an ebook version. I will leave it to them I think :-)

Xf said...

anonymous1 and anonymous2

Don't get a cold camping out for it - I'm sure you will find a copy around. I'm not quite selling Harry Potter here :-)

anon2 - you can call me Stuart, that's the correct spelling :-)

Xf said...

anonymous3

Sorry, it isn't out until October.

Xf said...

anonymous4

I'm sure I can organise a signed copy if you really want one.

Xf said...

Thank you to everyone who wished me well with this project, it means a lot to me and I hope it will mark the beginning of a successful writing career (second to my current career of course).

Anonymous said...

looking forward to the book keep up the good work i will be reading it when i start my paramedic science course at university in september keep up the great work xf !

Jeanie said...

Stu, I would love a signed copy of your book,note this time am under my own name. take care