The Radgepacket Collection

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

The top three in BookD this week!

Here are the top three (in our opinion obviously!) articles in our online literary mag BookD this week. Check them out, and remember, if you subscribe (FREE!) you'll have it delivered straight your inbox and never miss another - bit of a no-brainer really.
  1. Barack Obama gives you the 5 books he thinks you should read this summer. 
  2. The top ten fictional books that actually changed real life behaviour
  3. Interview with author and actor Rod Glenn - star of both page and screen

All in this week's issue - so make sure you get BookD and read on...

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Scottish Book Trust and BookD.

The Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that believes books, reading and writing have the power to change lives. I can only second that.  As a child on a council estate in the 70's with not much cash to go anywhere else I travelled the world through books. The SBT also believe that :-

"A love of reading inspires creativity, improves employment opportunities, mental health and wellbeing, and is one of the most effective ways to help children escape the poverty cycle."  

And again, I can definitely agree with that. So it is with great pleasure that I unveil the Scottish Book Trust as the very first monthly partner of our digital magazine BookD. As you know Byker Books has always been about helping the person in the street to realise their dreams, broaden their horizons or just give them opportunity of expression when they felt it wasn't their place to ask for it and an organisation like the SBT simply fits alongside us hand-in-glove.

We'll be promoting their posts in BookD over the next month and encourage you to check them out and see what you can do to get involved or help.



Thursday, 28 July 2016

Hey fellow bloggers...want a new audience?

I recently posted on my Facebook page about a section in BookD for blogs about Harrogate 2016. Well, I liked the idea so much that I've decided to make it a regular thing and am aiming to have a 'Top Blogs' section in the paper every week. I've stuck a press release out inviting bloggers to let me know of their interest but would like to offer you lot ('cos you're my people man!) the chance to be top of the list.

I'm anticipating featuring selected posts from around five per week so if you fancy it then either email me at, comment in this post or just follow my blog and I'll check you out (mainly so I can put you in a handy file and not forget..hey ho!)

This is entirely FREE, no advertising charges at all for you to be in the nations premier digital books mag - I only ask that you when featured you blog about it as well, that's fair isn't it?

Right, have a look at BookD ask yourself if you'd like to be featured alongside the celebrity authors and literati (see what I did there) and then contact me as above - let's get you in front of a whole new audience.




Monday, 25 July 2016

Working Class Writers and The Radgepacket ethos

I started Byker Books back in 2008 with a vague notion of publishing the working class lads and lasses who weren't taken seriously by the big publishers or agents. The people who didn't have degrees in 'creative writing' but had crap jobs that sapped their souls instead, the people who didn't have a 'journey' to bore people to death with but did have an idea for a bloody good story that other people from the estates would enjoy, the people who didn't get glowing reports at their great schools but instead had to battle their siblings for the one pen in the house to write anything down before doing their paper round in the rain.

That's who Byker Books was for. People like me.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Guns, Gadgies and Gangsters...

Andy Rivers was interviewed by legendary North Eastern news paper 'The Northern Echo' when his debut novel 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' was released a few years back and we didn't really shout about it much at the time but as the interviewer had a 'certain style' about her (ie she took the piss out of him!) then we thought you might like a look...

Check out the link here :-

Magpies and Tough Guys!

Happy reading.


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

'Special' - Notes from the author.

What if a vigilante went too far? 

That was the abiding thought in my head when I was writing 'Special' and I thought that you, my loyal fanbase (what do you mean you were looking for a 'dodgy' site and tumbled into this?) might like to see some of the thinking behind it so I've put together an exclusive set of "Authors notes" just for you. 

Here's part 1...

Our new digital books mag - get 'BookD'.

Hello, we've been busy boys lately - no, nothing you'll read about in the Sunday tabloids...not this week anyway - but you will be able to read about it. That's because we've put together a digital publication that'll run weekly with all of the choice cuts of articles, reviews and news from the world of British fiction around the net...