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The new novel
(s): 2017

It's - what?? - it's now the middle of 2017 and author Mike Scantlebury has more cracked eggs than any omelette usually requires.

It was going to be so easy.

As you will see on the next page, Mike's plan for February to May 2017 was to write a book about the election of a Metro Mayor for the county of Greater Manchester., written in the great Charles Dickens tradition of one chapter at a time, every week.
Unfortunately, that particular election got gazumped in June 2017 by a General Election - the 2nd in two years!
Don't fret - Mike's got a book coming on that topic too. But there's a bit of a log jam at the saw mill. Can you wait a few weeks?

Look, if you move on to the next page, the one labelled 'The New Novel', you can get a selection of chapters from the GM Mayor novel - and it's worth reading.
(There's a guy in it who sounds, looks like, and chews gum like D.J.Trump. Is it the real Mr Trump?? Only you can decide.)

Also, there's a link to the book Mike wrote in November 2016 about chemicals and processed food.

2016 will be hard to follow. There was the Olympic Games in Rio last summer. Mike took the opportunity to re-issue the novel he wrote about Olympics 2012 - since he was there, and knows a heck of a lot more about it than what happened in Brazil.
If you want a link to that book, it's here. Click it HERE.

Meanwhile, back in England, there was something more important to worry about in summer 2016, like who won the Referendum vote in June. Well, we know the story there. Or not the whole 'story'. That's in Mike's new book which - conveniently - has graduated from its place on the next page, 'The New Novel', and now it's up for sale, click HERE.

Oh, and there's another development. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page or the next -
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Reading Mike's new novel will be as easy as pulling teeth

What's this?

You were expecting to see chapters of the book about electing a Mayor in Salford in 2016? Oh, yes, but that's over. Done and finished. The completed novel, however, lacking the polish of Mike's other tomes, has been taken down to the Car Wash for a Full Valet. It will get washed, brushed up, vacuumed and spell-checked, then will be returned to the land of the living - via the website at and through the usual channels of Amazon, Kindle (other on-line book-selling outlets available). In other words, being a book, it will soon be on sale where other books are sold. You usually go - where? Well, fine. Look there for 'Mike Scantlebury'. He's an author too, and since he hasn't (yet) been put on the blacklist, you will be able to find his novels alongside other writers. You will recognise his books, of course: they are the ones with the blonde hair and the beard.

Oops, what's this, just arrived in my In Box? It looks like - it can't be - Yes, it is, it is the paperback novel about the Mayor getting elected in Salford in 2016. (Yes, the New Mayor, this year.) Well, that was worth waiting for, I'm sure. Okay, I'll put a link here and you can go and examine it, kick the wheels and look under the bonnet, just by following this link here.

Meanwhile, still looking for 'Secret Garden', Mike's novel from 2012 about Salford, the keys to Salford and Salford Quays, and the impact of Sandra Hodgson Burnett, the famous childrens' author?

Right, very wise. It certainly turned out to be a cracker.

Unfortunately, the 'new' website where it was listed turned out to be full of holes, and has sunk like an old hulk in the middle of a wet dock.


(So,  if you actually did want to order a copy of 'Secret Garden', the novel, it is now available as a paperback book from -

The key is that you can find it by clicking here.

Or, if you've moved on from the printed word, and only want the e-book, click here.

Mayors'   Tales

Looking for the whole quantity of the last book Mike Scantlebury wrote in chapters, the one about electing a Mayor for Salford?

Well, he certainly did aim hight and try to do a Charles Dickens, load it week by week onto a page called 'Documents'. It was an app supplied by the makers of this site. It didn't work. We complained, and someone said they would fix it. They didn't. Weeks went by. Years, even. It's still not appeared. It was as much a disappointement as picking the wrong horse for the Derby, (or the wrong politician).

You'll probably remember the plan - to make sure new chapter per week was uploaded every Saturday, between February 18th 2012 and the election, (Thursday, May 3rd). Yes, it happened. The task was undertaken. It was successful. Medals were handed out. So bad luck if you wanted to see it here, but don't despair: why not try the ebook, which is available now (and we really hope that you didn't forget to vote - that time).

(NOTE: you can reach the ebook by clicking here.

It's a New Year - in the 21st century

Welcome to 2012 and a new website from Mike Scantlebury.

On this site, Mike will tell you all about his latest books, and direct you to where you can find others, either in printed form or available as e-books. (Why not? It's the latest thing. Did you know you don't have to own a Kindle to buy Kindle ebooks? You can download the Kindle "app" from Amazon to any old laptop, desktop, or mobile device, and then happily read the latest Mike Scantlebury stories on a screen convenient for you.)

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