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MEDIA: Inspired Quill Signs Up To A 2015 Paperback Debut

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Citizen Zero will rise again

STOKE-ON-TRENT, 27 September 2014: AN exciting new edition of CITIZEN ZERO is on the way – including its paperback debut – following Inspired Quill's (IQ) decision to sign up the title. This will be the second of author Mark Cantrell's novels to join the IQ stable.


Towards the end of last year, the publisher released SILAS MORLOCK in both paperback and digital editions. It plans to release the new editions of CITIZEN ZERO late in 2015.


CITIZEN ZERO was actually the second novel Mark wrote, but the first to be published. In 2010 he self-published the title for the Kindle and other digital devices, spurred on by the credit crunch, and the election that year of the Conservative-led Coalition Government.


"It seemed to me that the novel had finally come into its era, what with the economic crisis, and the austerity programme launched from 2010 onwards," Mark said. "Since then we've had the revelations from Edward Snowden and others about NSA and GCHQ mass surveillance, and invasion of privacy on a grand scale, not to mention the likes of Facebook harvesting our personal data.


"Alongside that, we've had the growing calamities of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform programmes, which have proved painfully controversial. There's also been a general hardening of social inequality, along with rising levels of poverty. All told, the last few years have more or less fitted the themes of the novel like a glove.


"From the beginning, through the form of dystopian science fiction thriller, CITIZEN ZERO set out to decry the erosion of civil liberties by the means of draconian welfare reforms. One of the core themes of the book is the role that welfare can play in reinforcing and completing a system of mass surveillance and social control – it's not all about CCTV and phone tapping.


"In many respects, the novel is a little dated in places, but those themes of social welfare and social surveillance are being played out in Britain here and now. It's not for nothing that I've joked the last five years or so have been more or less writing CITIZEN ZERO's prequel for me."


The novel's origins date back to 1994, when the then recent graduate of Liverpool University was himself on the dole: he started writing what was to become CITIZEN ZERO. Over the next few years, through journalism school in London, and the beginnings of his media career, he plugged away at the book until it was finally completed in early 2001.


The rest, as they say, is history. Now a new chapter in the novel's life is set to open courtesy of Inspired Quill.



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Mark Cantrell

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Mark Cantrell is a UK-based writer and journalist. He works at Excel Publishing in Manchester, one of the North of England's largest independent publishers of multimedia business information journals. A Yorkshireman by birth, he hails from Bradford but currently lives in Stoke-on-Trent. He is the author of two published novels – SILAS MORLOCK (2013) and CITIZEN ZERO (2010) – as well as a host of short stories. Over the years, his work has appeared in a number of small press 'zines, websites and multi-author collections.

Find out more about the author and his work at his website


Inspired Quill is a non-profit Publishing House which focuses on setting new standards in ecologically friendly, people-oriented (skills development) publishing by providing a quality-driven platform for both authors and readers. As a Social Enterprise, we are also striving to create subsidised writing workshops for disadvantaged and marginalised individuals. For these reasons, quality, transparency, and a people-orientated approach are at the heart of Inspired Quill’s philosophy.

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