Chris Routledge is a freelance writer, editor, and academic based near Liverpool in the UK. A long time ago he wrote a PhD thesis on the American crime writer Raymond Chandler, and has since worked on just about any kind of non-fiction writing project you can think of, from contracted writing for print and web, to copyediting, to blogs, books and a little bit of journalism. He is the founding editor (2008-2009) of the popular blog The Reader Online, and is also a sometime copywriter, ghostwriter, and serial shed builder, and a regular podcaster at the Ormskirk Baron beer reviews blog.
‘A fascinating and exhilarating story of a great Liverpool institution still brewing great beer. Beer lovers will delight in the book’.
- Roger Protz, Editor, Good Beer Guide.
My main work in progress at the moment is a book about the whaler and Arctic explorer William Scoresby Jr. The working title is Letters to Elizabeth. I am also organising Moby Dick on the Mersey, a marathon reading of Melville’s famous novel in May 2013.
Long Lane Press
Long Lane Press is my own publishing imprint. Its first publication is Fram: To the Ends of the Earth, a short, illustrated book about the ship that took Roald Amundsen to the Antarctic, for his successful attempt to reach the South Pole in 1911. The book includes many colour and black and white photographs of the Fram, and is available from here. There is also a free pdf ebook version.
In the future I will be using Long Lane Press to publish my own long-form essays and photo essays on history and literature subjects, in both ebook and paper form. I am considering using it to publish more substantial book-length projects, but wary of advice from Arctic explorer Sir John Ross.
In 2012 I republished, with permission from the author, ebook versions of Dead of a Counterplot, a detective novel by Simon Nash. The other four novels in the series are to follow.
University of Liverpool
Between 2009 and 2012 I taught on the Comparative American Studies programme at the University of Liverpool, where I am also responsible for organising continuing education courses in English language and literature. A major project this year is Moby Dick on the Mersey.
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