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RealTime Publishing author, Alfred Pickup, Releases his Memoir Fish & Ships

RealTime Publishing are delighted to announce the releases of an adventure memoir by British author, Alfred Pickup.

Limerick, Ireland, February 02, 2011 — RealTime Publishing Announces Fish & Ships, an exciting adventure memoir from British author, Alfred Pickup.

RealTime Publishing, Inc. has published “Fish & Ships” by Alfred Pickup, which is the author’s first book to date. The 6 x 9 Paperback in the Memoir category is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Borders for a suggested retail price of $15.95. ‘Fish & Ships’ is also available in multiple eBook formats from all the main online retail stores for $6.95. The webpage at http://store.theebooksale.com/biography-autobiography/fish-ships was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.

About the Book (Excerpts & Info):
After the fight, one of the physical training instructors came over and told me that I had to enter Collingrad’s boxing championships, due to my talented right hand (I had a good uppercut by all accounts). I had four fights and won them all by knockout in the first round, which meant I was now in the finals for middle weight. I was quite chuffed about all this; my class mates were all behind me. What I didn’t know at this time was a certain boxer called Paddy Graham was also in the final. Now, this guy was a Navy legend; he was southern area, ABA, and Northern Ireland amateur champion.

The night of the final arrived, I was in my corner dressed in a white Navy t-shirt, a pair of Navy issue sports shorts down to my knees, and a pair of plimsolls, when in came Paddy, dressed in silk shorts, a t-shirt covered in boxing honours, and proper boxing boots. I’m thinking, why me, o lord. My sphincter muscle is tightening up, my mouth is drier than a camel’s arse, adrenaline is coursing through my veins, the fight or flee mode is kicking in; my loyal mates are giving me a hundred to one chance. Seconds out, round one, Paddy comes out of his corner, blowing air through his nostrils like some insane bull. I move forward, I see a chance, there’s a gap between his gloves… (Chapter 2)

Fish and Ships by author Alfred Pickup takes readers behind the scenes and onboard the Royal Navy from the early 1960’s to mid 1980’s.
Travelling the world’s oceans meant facing powerful storms, on board fires, mechanical breakdowns, the threat of war, and shore leaves where young matelots with money in their pockets and adventure on their minds could get into all sorts of alcohol-infused shenanigans in local establishments.
Fish and Ships follows a twenty-five year career in the RN that would see Pickup rise to the rank of Chief Petty Officer and retire from service in his early forties to life as the owner of a fish and chips restaurant.

Fish & Ships offers readers a rare and honest glimpse into the adventure, excitement, and unique challenges of a career in the Royal Navy.

Expertly constructed at 218 pages, “Fish & Ships” is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the Memoir/Autobiography category. With Global wholesale distribution through Ingram, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, Books a Million and Borders to name a few, and pervasive online availability through RealTime Publishing’s online retail outlet store.theebooksale.com, Amazon and elsewhere, ‘Fish & Ships’ meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $15.95 and $6.95, respectively.

Additionally, ‘Fish & Ships’ can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers from the RealTime wholesale department by emailing buybooks@realtimepublishings.com. To qualify for the maximum trade discount price set by the author, order in quantities of ten or more.
ISBN: 9781849610940 Format: 218 page 6 x 9 Paperback SRP: $15.95
ISBN: 9781849610926 Format: 102,000 word multi-format eBook SRP: $6.95

For more information or to contact the author, visit http://www.realtimepublishings.com.

About the Author:
Alfred Pickup was born in Austria in 1945 to a Jugoslavian mother and a German father. After the war and his fathers death, Alf’s mother marries an English soldier. In 1948, they leave Austria for England, and in 1952 half brother Denis arrives.

1955 see Alf’s parents devorce and he is fostered out to the old witch from hell, shared her two bedroomed prefab with her daughter, a 65 year old man, and six Pekenese show dogs. Alf became good at gardening and taking bloody dogs for walks. In 1959 the witch dies, and he moved in with his mother who is shacking up with married man who moves out, not beforleaving Alf’s mother pregnant with his half sister Ingrid. The next few years were spent as a suragate father.

Join navy 1961, met and married his wife in 1964. Now has two gorgous daughters, three grand duaghters and one grand son. Spent the next 23 years running a fish and chip shop, hence the book title.

Now Alf is happily retired.

About RealTime Publishing, Inc.:
RealTime Publishing offers custom book publishing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available globally at www.realtimepublishings.com and located in Limerick, Ireland, RealTime Publishing, Inc. represents the future of book publishing, today.

Press & Media Contact:
Richie O’Brien
RealTime Publishing, Inc
Ballycummin Village, Raheen
Limerick, Ireland