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New Malden author calls for support in ‘David vs Goliath’ literary awards

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An author from New Malden, Surrey, is calling on the community to help him reach the finals of a prestigious book awards.
Nigel Jay Cooper, 42, has secured a place in the semi-finals of the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 with his debut novel, psychological thriller Beat The Rain.
The writer, 42, is the sole UK author left in the ‘Best Debut’ category of this year’s competition, which is the only major book awards that is decided by readers themselves.
Nigel is asking people in and around Kingston, Richmond and New Malden to vote for his book, a work of contemporary women’s fiction released in July through Roundfire Books, in what he describes as a “battle of David versus Goliath”.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Beat The Rain is a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 for Best Debut, especially as it is the only novel from a UK author in the category.
“The rest of the novels are all by big-hitting US authors and another by a writer who lives in France.
“This is my first novel, released by a small publisher. It wasn’t even included in the first round of the Awards. Readers voted for it to be included off their own backs, which is both humbling and an incredible honour. It means readers are connecting with the novel.
“I’m up against stiff competition and it feels like a battle of David versus Goliath, so it would be fantastic if people in Surrey will get behind the novel and vote for me.”
Members of the public have until Sunday, November 13 to cast their votes in the semi-finals of the Goodreads Choice Awards.

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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B&Q to reveal new look store with family fun day

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B&Q will soon open the doors to its newly revamped home improvement store in New Malden. To celebrate, B&Q New Malden will host a day of family fun on Saturday 14th January, including a special guest appearance from local rugby legend Nick Easter, who played No. 8 for Harlequins and England in international rugby union.

At the launch event the local sports star, known fondly by fans as “Minty”, will be testing out his DIY skills against B&Q New Malden’s store team. Customers will get the chance to see the sporting star getting mucky off the pitch for a change as store staff challenge him try his hand at potting plants in the garden centre, tussle with wallpaper and cause a ruckus with a paintbrush. He will also be on hand to meet, greet and sign autographs for fans. Plus, there will also be plenty to keep the family entertained throughout the day, including a balloon modeller, face painter, stilt walkers and a craft station.

B&Q New Malden has been completely revamped to offer customers a variety of new products and features, including a new paint desk, a new kitchens and bathrooms display, more visual ranges of flooring and tiles, and a new café with windows overlooking the A3 and Burlington Road.

Lee Bayliss, Unit Manager at B&Q New Malden, said: “We’re all looking forward to welcoming customers to our newly revamped store. We’re ready to show off our new look to New Malden’s residents and inspire them to start a new home improvement project under the guidance of our expert advice. We’re all really looking forward to Saturday’s family fun day and, of course, testing Nick with our DIY challenges!”

Nick Easter added: “I’m really looking forward to helping celebrate the launch of the newly revamped B&Q New Malden store. I’m not sure that my DIY skills can beat the in store experts but it will be great to get some advice from them to make my own home improvement projects easier.”

The B&Q family fun day will take place on Saturday, 14th January from 10am to 3pm, with Nick Easter in store from 10:30 -12:30pm, at B&Q New Malden, Shannon Commercial Centre, Beverley Way, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4PT.

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