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David Fearnhead

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Professional Journalist writing for the national and international press.

My debut novel Bailey of the Saints has now been sold to a UK publisher and will be released on September 12th 2011 - Available in all good book shops and online.

Authonomy has been a useful experience in terms of reader feedback - so I thank everyone who backed the novel and took the time to leave a constructive or supportive comment.

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Within Whicker's World by Alan Whicker
The Rum Diary by Hunter S Thompson
The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
Jeeves and Wooster - PG Wodehouse
Gabriel García Márquez

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Bailey of the Saints

David Alejandro Fearnhead

A Premiership footballer finds his way through love, life and football when he is 'loaned out' to New Zealand.

Life doesn't always work out the way you want it to. Jack Bailey thought he was destined to be the next big thing, now some years on he's a jaded professional still wondering what might have been. He seems happy to last out his days as just another Premiership benchwarmer, until one day he's called into the assistant managers office and told he's being loaned out to a side in New Zealand. Now he must cast off the arrogance of youth if he is to be accepted by his new team mates.

This is a story of friendship, of hope and desire. Based on real events and personalities from my time covering professional football, I aim to reflect the life off the field that most people never see. But this is not just a book for football fans. A character driven narrative ensures that anyone who is interested in the human condition will find interest in this novel.

I have uploaded the first five chapters of the completed novel which has undergone a reworking following the encouraging comments from Harper Collins

cover designed by Jordyn Moullette


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I wrote 1378 days ago

I've not uploaded all the chapters, so the ending would seem incomplete for that reason;) view book

I wrote 1388 days ago

JayG appreciate your comments but I feel that you've jumped the gun on forming an opinion without reading on. The opening gambit - until we get to the "Some Years Later..." - is intentionally written in a minimal way. We are talking about the debut of a player who's senses are muted by fear and is n... view book

I wrote 1390 days ago

There is an underlying emotion to each of your stories, whether it's anger, sadness/melancholia, The strength is that you don't slap the reader in the face with it but run it through the story just under the surface but visible nonetheless. I enjoyed dipping into this. I think short stories are well... view book

I wrote 1391 days ago

I'm interested to know why someone who lives in glorious Hawaii and all that sunshine should choose to write about Denver...however you sure do it well. I love the development of the story. The opening chapter was gripping and held me attention throughout. I'd have to agree with mel's comment about ... view book

I wrote 1392 days ago

Yeah, funnily enough it started out as an idea for a screenplay which quickly became a novel. It still holds it's cinematic pretensions. Maybe one day;) view book

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