Milngavie author Bert’s book’s a sell-out

Picture Martin Shields'Bert Mitchell as RJ Mitchell
Picture Martin Shields'Bert Mitchell as RJ Mitchell

A MILNGAVIE author was ‘chuffed to bits’ when hundreds of copies of his latest book sold out within an hour at a recent signing.

Bert Mitchell (45) was stunned to find fans queuing at Waterstone’s in Stirling recently for his second novel ‘The Hurting: The Glasgow Terror’ and to run out of copies so quickly.

Supplies also ran out within an hour when he was at Waterstone’s in Glasgow the next day.

He said: “Almost as many people came to my signing in Stirling as they did the week before when Ian Rankine was there.

“That was really incredible.

“I’m averaging sales of about 100 books a month which is great for an independent publisher (Fledgling Press) based in Edinburgh.

“It’s really pleasing considering it’s only my second book.

“I always worry a bit before signings as you wonder if anyone will turn up but I’ve had fantastic feedback from people - it’s been great!”

Bert’s debut novel ‘Parallel Lines: The Glasgow Supremacy’ was released last year under his psuedonym RJ Mitchell.

He got the idea for his next story ‘The Hurting: The Glasgow Terror’ after the London bombings – a time when it was felt all cities in Britain were vulnerable to terror attacks.

It takes many elements from Parallel Lines and puts them in a bigger arena to create an action-packed thriller.

Anyone who is familiar with 
Glasgow will recognise many of the locations, which includes a network of underground tunnels in the West End – the unused remains of the old Victorian railway under the Botanic Gardens.

Bert said: “9/11 and terror atrocities have always fascinated me.

“The question of why the attacks happened in London and Glasgow Airport got stuck in my head and I realised a similar thing could happen in Glasgow again.”

Bert discovered chilling information while researching the book which suggested that the FBI had warned of an attack in London after apprehending an Al Queda operative in New York.

It is alleged that UK security services then learned a family in London had large quantities of cyanide and their house was raided.

Bert said: “I imagined that it was possible that two policemen could stumble upon something that was happening in a city like Glasgow that MI5 hadn’t heard of.

“My imagination was running wild and before I knew it I had a book waiting to be written and I was surprised that no-one else had thought of it before me.”