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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Healthcare Anecdotes

Calling all Healthcare Professionals – I want your stories.

I’m a nurse who also is a writer and I am currently collating funny, unusual and downright strange anecdotes from the wacky world of healthcare. I intend to put these anecdotes into a book tentatively called ‘A Pocket Full of Urine’ – my own story but the name will probably change. I’m interested in any aspects of healthcare – hospitals, community, nursing homes, and all type of staff, from hospital consultant to domestic, radiographer to receptionist.

If anyone has any stories that they’d like to share I would be honoured to include them in my book. All contributors will be credited if they wish. If you have a story to tell then I’m interested in listening.

I don’t want any real names of patients or staff, or places due to confidentiality and common courtesy.

I have a dedicated email address that I can be contacted with – hospitalstories1@gmail.com

I don’t need anything well written or full of drama and wit – just the general gist or basic story will suffice.

I’m grateful in advance and please don’t forget to share this post to get it out to as many people as possible.
Thanks, Nick Burrill RGN BSc (Hons), also the author of ‘NRPD: The Mean Streets’, ‘The Last Hand’ and ‘Dreamer’.

Friday, 7 February 2014


I've just uploaded NRPD: The mean streets to a brand new subscription service called InkBok. It's not up and running yet, but it will be soon.
Please check it out. It sounds swish.
Cheers, Nick.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

So, what you think?

A brand new looking blog. Ah, as fresh as your morning coffee.
I have been a bit fed up with the layout of the blog recently, as I said in my last post, so, here we are.
The pictures are of Rochdale Town hall, where the culmination of NRPD: The mean streets, my lovely novel, happens. Of course it's a bit more modern now than in these old pictures. They have inside toilets and everything. In the older picture from 1874 the more observant viewer will notice a different clock tower. It actually burnt down in April, 1883. The new one was built in 1888. The funny thing was the fire brigade were stationed directly behind the town hall and were on the scene in seconds. Unfortunately, in 1883, the water pump had to build pressure so it could squirt out. This was achieved by the turning of the wheels of the horse-drawn carriage. The fire brigade had to circle the town hall to build up the pressure and it took that long the bloody thing was cinders before the fireman had their hoses out. Shame, it looked cool.
Anyway, enough of that. What do you think? Is it better? Does it matter?
The one thing is that the new layout might give me more impetus to keep you all informed of my writing endeavours and such.
Got to go now, I'm have to go and ice a cake I've made. And it's not out of a packet from Tesco or anything, and anybody who says so is a liar.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

I'm still here

Sorry, sorry, sorry.
I've once again neglected my blog, to the point where the whole site is dusty and full of old spider webs. I intend on getting out the Dyson and giving the place a bit of a polish, so bear with me. I might give it a new lick of paint as well.
Anyway, to business. NRPD: The mean streets is still out there and I've been pushing it hard on Twitter, but I really want to get down and continue with the sequel. It's beginning to take shape.
My short story anthology is also still a work in progress. My latest story, Dreamer, is all finished up now.
So, bear with me and lets see what this new year will bring.
Cheers, Nick.

Friday, 14 June 2013

It's still out there.

I've been busy, busy busy. So just a quick one - NRPD: The mean streets is now available to buy on Smashwords. Brilliant.
I don't have a link yet, but I'm hoping it will be on Kobo, B&N, iTunes, Diesel and all the rest soon, so I'll post the links soon.
Just one more thing before I nip off again - I received a fantastic review from The Kindle Book Review on the amazon.com website. (Thank you Claretta) I hope it has finally buried the ghost of the crappy review that has basically halted any sales on that site. My sales have been great in the UK, but since I had one bad review I've not sold one book on amazon.com. This will put that one to bed.
Back soon.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Free books

Both NRPD: The mean streets and The Last Hand are free today.
I know, it's unbelievable, right? I'm not sure I believe it myself. But there you go.
Please feel free to download them and read them at your leisure.
Cheers, Nick.

NRPD: The mean streets

The Last Hand


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Some good news and some absence of news:

First the good: I've finally let The Last Hand loose on the kindle. It's only a short story so it's only going to be 99c or whatever that translates to on Amazon. Here's the quick bio -

A monster with a secret.

A federal agent gets a final chance to ask a serial killer to give up the location of one of his victims.
Can the mystery of the last hand be solved before it's too late?

A short story thriller from the author of NRPD: The mean streets.

Sounds good eh?

Now the absence of news - I tried to review my own book as I said in the last post, but Amazon wouldn't let me. I even emailed them to complain and show them what I wanted to say, but they ignored that, so far. I'll have to keep trying. Here's the review because they can't stop me posting it here.

"It may not be exactly good form to review your own book, but unfortunately it isn't possible to see the comments and reviews from the English website. Here they are, so customers can have a fair and informed choice when considering the purchase of NRPD: The mean streets. Thank you and cheers, Nick.


5 Stars Great read!
This is a really enjoyable book. First time I've read anything from this author but would certainly read more. Story was entertaining and laugh out loud funny at times. A.book that was quite hard to put down. Would recommend to all. Yvonne.

4 Stars Bizarre but fun
Couldn't quite get my head around a book set in Rochdale but whose author used a lot of 'Americanisms' like 'Mirandising the suspect' etc. however the weird blend of offbeat policeman and the supernatural is a winner. I. D. Slade

5 Stars Fantastic read!!!!!
I have to say this is the best book I have read in a long time. Living in Rochdale I am familiar with the events and locations but the story that Nick has woven them into is brilliant. I will certainly recommend the book to my family and friends, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it, I am sure it is the first of many by this author. Mrs. C. M. Wood "Mrs C".

4 Stars entertaining read
Great characters in an interesting storyline. had a few Laugh out Loud moments. Takes some concentration as there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot! J. Kilbane.

5 Stars Brilliant read!
Although I love police procedural books after a few pages in I realised this was not the usual type. Very well written,funny & had me gripped throughout. Would definitely recommend.  Nnchnero.

5 Stars NRPD: The mean streets
Amazing funny and kept me hooked until the end well done Nick Burrill a great achievement you should be proud. Melissa."

Anyway, onwards and upwards.
Thanks for letting me moan.

Last thing - NRPD: The mean streets and The Last Hand are free on Saturday 20th April. Get them, read them, review them.

   -The Last Hand
   -NRPD: The mean streets