David Nolan talks about The Mermaid’s Pool

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Detective Inspector John Smithdown is a good man with some bad things to deal with. It’s 1988 and ecstasy is flooding the streets of Manchester. The Second Summer of Love is here. Tell that to the locals on DI Smithdown’s patch.

Over one weekend, Smithdown is faced with a missing single mum,  machete wielding gangs in Oldham, simmering racial tensions across communities and a mutilated body found at the edge of a remote lake with a mythical reputation. People say bad things happen at the Mermaid’s Pool.

They’re dead right.

David Nolan – author of Black Moss – brings you a second helping of Manc Noir. Things just got even darker.

David Nolan Author Visit in Lees Library, Oldham.

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‘Join multi award-winning author, television producer and crime reporter, David Nolan, to discuss his latest book Black Moss (set in Oldham!). Includes a talk, Q&A and book signing. (Books will be available to purchase on the evening).

David is a multi award-winning author, television producer and crime reporter. He has written a dozen books including Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil, the true story of the largest historic abuse case ever mounted by Greater Manchester Police. He presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary based on the book called The Abuse Trial. It won both the Rose D’Or and the New York International radio awards in 2016. Officers involved in the case helped David with the police procedures featured in Black Moss, particularly the way the system deals with missing children.

‘It’s set against the backdrop of the Strangeways riot because that’s a story I know very well,’ says David, who won a Royal Television Society award for his documentary about the riot, the biggest prison disturbance Britain has ever seen. ‘I spent three and a half weeks outside the jail covering the story in 1990. It was an astonishing experience.’

Find out more here.


Recommended Reads: Nolan, Gadsby.

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Black Moss by David Nolan.

In 1990, Manchester radio journalist Danny Johnston looks into the murder of a child while the eyes of the world are on the Strangeways prison riot. More than a quarter of a century later, he again takes up the investigation.  Black Moss is gripping, fast paced, moving, authentic, and funny, too! Very highly recommended.

Back Door To Hell

Back Door To Hell by Paul Gadsby

Jen and Nate work in a Snooker Club and decided to rip off their gangster boss. A desperate chase across the UK quickly ensues, with violent consequences. Back Door To Hell is a realistic and riveting slice of Brit Grit with marvellous, well-drawn characters and sharp twists and turns.  Great stuff.


I Swear I Was There by David Nolan

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i swear I was there.David Nolan’s  I Swear I Was There – Sex Pistols, Manchester and the Gig that Changed the World is a hell of a yarn that ostensibly tells the story of the Sex Pistols’ impact on the Manchester music scene in the mid-1970s. 

It focuses on three events – the Sex Pistols‘ first gig at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall on 4 June 1976, their second showing at the same venue one month later, and their first televison appearance on Granada TV‘s So It Goes.

I Swear I was There is a cracking read for anyone interested in the music and culture of the time and like all cracking yarns it’s choc a block full of great chatacters- Pete ShelleyTony Wilson, Jordan Mooney, Howard Trafford, John The Postman, Slaughter and The Dogs and many more. Great stuff! 


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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A  CONSUMER was a regular feature in the New Musical Express back in the ’70s and‘80s.

I always enjoyed it, so I thought I’d rip off the idea and revive it here.

First up is the shy and retiring DAVID NOLAN.


New Ones:


She Makes War – Devastate Me

Tracey Thorne – Air

Old Ones:

XTC – All Along the Watchtower

Charlie Rich – Behind Closed Doors

Kraftwerk – Dentaku



Father Brown (BBC 1)

Sky Arts rock docs – especially

XTC: This is Pop

Apostle (Netflix)


David Hepworth – 1971

Liz Fraser – … And Other Characters

Melvyn Bragg – Rich: The Life of Richard Burton


Anything foreign and violent.


The far north west of Scotland. I’m not telling you where because I don’t want you to go there.



If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be Tom Yum soup. That’ll do me just fine.


I love reservoirs, so this is tough. I used to have a MySpace reservoir fan page. I’m going to say Light Hazzles Reservoir, mainly because of the name.

black_mossBio: David Nolan is the author of 13 books, including ‘I Swear I Was There’ and biographies of Tony Wilson, Bernard Sumner and Damon Albarn.

His first novel ‘Black Moss’ has just been published by Fahrenheit Press.