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I was born in Manchester, UK in 1967, So I’ll never see England win the World Cup. According to my Mother, my first word was ‘Satellite’. It was downhill from there.

After graduating from Durham University, I lived in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK for several years. Despite this, I still have a soft spot for Newcastle United F.C.. I worked freelance for various rapacious financial institutions on a series of dysfunctional, disastrous and/or otherwise doomed projects until 2003, when I decided to throw it all away and become a writer.

However, there’s only one way to make a small fortune as a writer – start with a large fortune. The subsequent almost total reduction in income lead to me moving to Donegal, Republic of Ireland for three years to live in a cottage with half a roof. Eventually I came back to do an MA in Creative Writing. The weather is better in Manchester, so that’s something.

My novel  A Kill in the Morning, which was  shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award,  was  bought by a major publishing house, Transworld, and published in June 2014. You can read the opening here: the first two chapters of A Kill in the Morning .

As I have a dog, my only remaining ambition is to live forever.


Manchester Metropolitan University

Writer and producer Terry Irving

International Thriller Writers

Civilian Reader

Book Plank

Alternate History Weekly Update


Podcast interview with Graeme Shimmin

Graeme Shimmin Media Pack

Includes frequently asked questions about me and about A Kill in the Morning, contact details, author and book cover photos, etc.

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Every month I write a free short story for my friends and the people who like my writing. It’s not been published anywhere else and the first people who get to read it are the ones who sign up to have it emailed to them.

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You never write, you never call…

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Other Writers

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Other Stuff

I recommend this free eBay sniper. No bribery or corruption involved, I just use it and think it’s good. And, well, it’s free, so I thought I’d do the guy a favour.

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