The End of the Catholic Orangemen

by craig on December 5, 2012 6:52 pm in Uncategorized

I have just opened the last of fifty boxes of 24 books which comprised the 1200 privately published hardback copies of The Catholic Orangemen of Togo. They have all sold – not more than half a dozen were given away. This has been a hard slog. Long term readers will know that I had to self-publish after multi-millionaire hired killer Tim Spicer threatened my publishers with a libel action, causing them to pull out. I then published myself and invited Spicer to sue, but he bottled out.

I made the book available free online and I don’t know how many read it that way, but at least fifty thousand while we were keeping a track on the major download avenues. I suspect that increased rather than decreased sales of the hardback, but the real problem was that I found it impossible to get a self-published book accepted by bookshops, despite the commercial success of Murder in Samarkand.

Anyway, the final two dozen are now available. Great Christmas presents! It is a book of which I remain very proud.

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  1. From Medialens today…..

    Assange & Cohen; Well fancy that….
    Posted by Poster123 on December 5, 2012, 4:18 pm

    while unsuccessfully, and perhaps naively, popping into Foyles to see if I could buy the new Assange book, I was recommended another book apparently on the same subject, namely this one;

    I politely refused, and had no luck either in Waterstones or Blackwell’s or Smiths etc


  2. “Cypherpunks”, Julian Assange’s latest book is available here:

    and in all good torrent sites.

    Can’t see it anywhere else.

    Seems that like Craig’s excellent books, it’s more looked for than found.

  3. I reviewed it a few months ago, which probably accounts for any dip in sales:

  4. “I made the book available free online”

    People generally will not click on a picture of a book cover unless they are expecting to get redirected to amazon or another bookseller. If you put “Free PDF Download” as a link beneath the cover picture more people will read it.

  5. In the meanwhile self publishing, at least on the Kindle platform, got a lot easier – if you don’t mind doing business with Amazon.

  6. Great book, Craig. I bought a copy long ago and have told lots of people about it. I hope some of them also bought copies.

  7. ”The Catholic Orangemen of Togo”. I have a copy. And signed!

    Excellent read.

  8. And a cracking good read it is too !

  9. Bookshops, establishment controlled publishers and print newspapers will all soon be history in the age of tablet computers. Publish a PDF online and download. Promote using a blog, YouTube trailer and Twitter. And not before time.

    I still have all the rejections slips from publishers for my PhD thesis. :) My partner told me I should market it as a cure for insomnia!

  10. Still available on my obscure corner of the Web:

    Mr Spicer never got in touch to ask me to take it down…

  11. Well done Clark…but no doubt a Black Hawk full of Spicers mercs are en route to you at the moment…let me know if you survive..LOL..

  12. For self-publishing purposes, give good PDF and a decent paperback and hardback, of which you can design virtually every aspect yourself. Don’t know what they’re like at paying their taxes, though.

  13. Jonangus Mackay

    5 Dec, 2012 - 9:28 pm

    Most impressed. The fact is that, particularly as proportion of print-run, 24 left of 1200 is way better than most hardback titles from corporate publishers ever achieve. To blog-readers without a copy: get in there quick & grab yourself one before it’s too late. An important historical document. A collector’s item. A rattling good read. In every way a bargain.
    A Christmas tree, meantime, from Heathcote Williams. Read by Alan Cox:

  14. The net book agreement preserved bookselling in the uk thought most of the 1900s, what looked like a price fixing disaster kept bookselling in the hands of many independent individuals.

    During this time we probably had the lowest book prices and the best range of books in the world, with an associated flowering of literature.

    A bookseller could use the profits from bestsellers to offset less profitable stock losses and big chains unable to undercut didn’t bother much with books, discounts were in the order of 35% with academic titles for school supply carrying a handling discount of about 17%.

    Individual booksellers decided which new titles to buy often based on reading proofs.

    Now the whole thing is in the hands of Smiths, Waterstones and Amazon where discount and profit are the main priority.

    I publish about 150 innocuous local history books, and was told that yes they would like to take some of them, if I offered them 60% discount and sent them to them for free.

    It is my contention that if we don’t do something as a country to treat literature as one of the arts we are in for a serious problem.

    The internet is fine in its way, but incredibly difficult to browse for a book you don’t know exists.

  15. doug scorgie

    5 Dec, 2012 - 10:35 pm

    Watch your back in Baghdad Craig. Mr Spicer, or one of his kind, may be offered a bounty for your head. (Not that I want to worry you of course).

  16. “Welcome to the Housmans Online Bookshop – providing an ethical alternative to Amazon.”

  17. Frazer, I thought those Black Hawks were supposed to be pretty quick, and it’s been over two hour now; I hope they haven’t had an accident. Are they like Iraq’s “Weapons of Mass Destruction” thingies that were meant to arrive in 45 minutes? Or is it just the usual security delays at Schiphol?

  18. These black hawks are most appreciated, Clark, and they work best in Somalia, as it happens, they really love’ em to bits over there, just look at their smiling faces.

    maybe they haven’t got the right map, still in Africa, or its too cold, who knows, just put the kettle on, they will turn up eventually and they will be freezing cold, poor lads.

  19. “I thought those Black Hawks were supposed to be pretty quick”

    Remembered fragment of script from ‘Not the Nine o’Clock News’ at the time of the farcically failed raids to free American hostages.

    End of a sketch with man and woman in living room, punch line delivered, man sits down in armchair, sketch seems over. There is a loud splintering sound and several US Marines crash through the door into the room.

    Marine Sergeant: Is this Tehran?
    Man (puzzled): Er, no – Brentford.
    Marine Sergeant: Shit!
    (they leave. End of sketch)

  20. Jonangus Mackay

    6 Dec, 2012 - 9:05 am

    Stop Google, Facebook & Twitter stalking you. Free & open-source:

  21. a flood ravaged, austerity challenged, single engine diesel engine manufacture in Chenzen is managing to breach the captcha?

    Like the sketch Vronsky

  22. Not satire.

    Hillary Clinton to give human rights speech at DCU

    The US Secretary of State will deliver an address in the Helix this Thursday.

    Mon, 3:00 PM8,188 Views 66 Comments
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    Image: Carolyn Kaster/AP/Press Association Images

    US SECRETARY OF State Hillary Clinton is to deliver an address on human rights in the Helix theatre at Dublin City University (DCU) this Thursday, it has been confirmed.

    In a major coup for the university, Clinton is set to deliver the speech in the early afternoon of Thursday as part of her visit to Ireland for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe conference being held at the RDS.

    The two-day meeting will see some 50 foreign ministers visiting the capital with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore set to hold bilateral talks with Clinton, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    The US Secretary of State confirmed her European trip last week and will also travel to Prague, Brussels and Belfast during her five-day stay.

    In Dublin, she will meet with Irish officials to discuss areas of cooperation in promoting peace, human rights, and economic growth.

    As part of her visit it has now been confirmed that she will also deliver a major speech on US achievements in support of human rights globally in the Helix as part of an event being co-ordinated by the US Embassy in Dublin.

    DCU is hopeful that it will be able to get a significant number of staff and students in the audience for the event which, in an email to students and staff, DCU President, Professor Brian MacCraith, described as a “wonderful opportunity to project the University and its reputation”.


    This is in the country who had some further IMF screws tightened yesterday, as did the UK.

    Earlier, at a NATO meeting, Shillary was deluged in farewell gifts in gratitude to her for being such an excellent war criminal.

    ‘She was presented with a giant pillow, an inflatable walrus, pink and white roses which matched her outfit and condiments which US quarantine regulations would prevent her from taking back home. There were also compliments and best wishes galore for Hillary Clinton on her last appearance at a Nato conference.

    The soon to be former US Secretary of State spoke of just how much she had enjoyed working with others in the alliance and listed all that they had done together, from military action in Afghanistan and Libya to opening up to former Warsaw Pact states and embarking on a new relationship with Russia. She dwelt on the latest significant act: the deployment of Patriot missiles to the Syrian border while, like every other of her colleagues, insisting it was not the start of “mission creep” into a bloody civil war.

    State Department officials were being diplomatically coy about the origins and the likely destinations of the various gifts. The pillow bore the motifs of Estonia and the roses are believed to have come from Nato. The condiments, described as flavouring, and the inflatable had been presented by dignitaries. While diplomats said they did not know who the donors were, anything received was “much appreciated”.

    The one thing Ms Clinton maintained firm silence on was whether stepping down from her post was in preparation for a bid for the White House in 2016, ensuring she remains untouched by travails that may befall the Obama administration in its second term.

    Ms Clinton has another international meeting in Dublin and a Middle-East tour before finishing her watch. The topics raised at her final press conference illustrated the thorny problems her successor will face. There is the Arab winter, with constitutional crisis in Egypt and the Syrian conflict in the forefront. There is also Afghanistan where the West will end its combat role in 2014.’


  23. Uzbek in the UK

    6 Dec, 2012 - 11:38 am

    Interesting developments in Uzbekistan. Another ‘Sting’ will pleasure bloody uzbek princess.

    “Gulnara Karimova and film: Gerard Depardieu as the latest whim of the Uzbek princess”

  24. its a terrific book Craig, and stands with my favourite books on Africa by the anthropologist Turnbull, Pakenham and Doris Lessing. And Graham Greene, but his books are somehow more about ‘the white man’ in Africa than Africa itself, ditto Conrad.

  25. and chinua Achebe of course

  26. Uzbek in the UK

    6 Dec, 2012 - 11:43 am

    Uzbek Senate decided to allow amnesty to some prisoners but those who were imprisoned under Crimes Against Governmental System which includes most of political prisoners will not be touched by this amnesty.

    “Human Rights Watch: Free Uzbek Political Prisoners on Constitution Day”

  27. I omitted the link for the Clinton visit to Dublin.

  28. Perhaps sitting on a stool next to a tub of lard turns Gulnara on? (Uzbek in the Uk)

  29. Uzbek in the UK

    6 Dec, 2012 - 12:13 pm

    I am not sure what turns bloody Gulnara on but one thing is certain that money Gerard was paid for this photo session and for his future pleasuring of Gulnara will come out of the funds saturated with peoples blood. Some sources suggest that this year (from October to end of November) at least 5 people have been beaten to death by police officers for refusing to pick cotton due to poor health. One of them was 17 years old boy.
    Does Gerard know about it? Should we all tell him this on his twitter

  30. @Clark. Note that you can merge PDF files the excellent free and open source software PDF Split and Merge.

  31. Sharp intake of of breath when I heard that the fount of all knowledge on media, sleb and associated matters on the BBC and Sky, Max Clifford, is the man arrested in connection with Operation Yewtree for alleged sexual offences.

    Also consternation that Anna Wintour, who raised $20m for Obomber, might become the US Amnassador to the UK or France, ie one big donor could replace another place person in Grosvenor Square.

  32. “Anyway, the final two dozen are now available”

    Have you considered a reprint, or even a second edition? The book is still available on Amazon Marketplace and has a sales ranking of around 80,000, which isn’t at all bad.

    You could sell a second print run (paperback perhaps) directly through Amazon as a Marketplace seller.

  33. Amazon pays no corporation tax on its UK sales and avoids charging VAT by using the CI for digital music sales.

  34. That’s true. Nonetheless its services might suit Craig perfectly in this instance.

  35. willyrobinson

    6 Dec, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    *swallows pride*
    If there are still copies of the book left Craig, I’d love one…
    *cringes at self*

  36. I enjoyed reading it Craig. I was very spooked by the account of the strange screams and goings-on at the house in the mine. Did you ever come to a conclusion about what that might have been?

  37. Joe,

    No – and to be perfectly honest I try very hard not to think about it!! Horrible.

  38. O/T

    A global petition to the ITU for signature.

    Stop the Net grab

    The internet as we know it is at risk. Unless we act now, our right to freely communicate and share information could change forever.

    At a conference in Dubai this December, the International Telecommunications Union (or ITU), a United Nations agency, is planning to adopt new rules, including some nasty surprises which could clamp down on the fundamental freedoms of citizens online.

    The proposal would give governments and companies all over the world the ability to:

    Restrict access to the internet to approved uses

    Monitor everything you do online

    Change the way we pay for the internet, potentially marginalising civil society and developing countries.


  39. Excellent summary of the book trade situation up there from Michael. There are still quite a few indie shops – radicals like Houseman (mentioned by a guest up there) and Bookmark in Bloomsbury and less overtly political ones who, being indies, understand that it’s their job to assess indie authors, rather than write them off with slanders such as ‘self-published therefore unedited’ – that includes Foyles, by the way. Once you’ve got a self-published book out there, just keep calling in and saying ‘hello’ when you happen to pass a bookshop. The ‘yes’-sayers build up over time. And buy a book while you’re in there – keeping the indie book trade alive and offline (AS WELL AS online, paper AS WELL AS EBOOK!) by using it is just as important for freedom and information exchange as a lot of more obviously political campaigns.

  40. An injustice.

    A comment on the sentence from Hidari on medialens.

    UK woman arrested for reading a magazine
    Posted by Hidari on December 7, 2012, 5:37 am

    “I accept on the evidence before me that this defendant gathered together the contents of the SD card in order to explore and understand the charges which her brothers faced. There is no evidence that she was motivated by their ideology or was preparing to follow them. She damaged what could have been a potentially blossoming future by committing these offences.”

    But, said the judge, the material could have aided a terrorist, and such serious offences would always carry a prison sentence.”

    Metropolitan deputy assistant commissioner Stuart Osborne, senior national co-ordinator of counter-terrorism, said: “The public should be in no doubt that Inspire is a terrorist publication with the ultimate aim of encouraging attacks. Today’s sentencing reflects the fact that possessing a copy of a terrorist publication is a serious offence. Anyone caught in possession of this, or any other terrorist material, can expect to be brought before the courts.”


    Incidentally the magazine can be easily obtained by googling “inspire” and “al qaeda”. So….do that and find out what “terrorist magazines” look like. Although be aware that this is now against the law.

    I believe the Nazis had similar laws.

  41. I’m still waiting for “Zionism is Bullshit”
    Pre-order can?

  42. Economists exist to make meteorologists look good. Right? Well Marx is back so watch out meteorologists. :) See Terry Eagleton’s Why Marx was Right for the lowdown.

    Micheal Roberts is a Marxist economist blogger who attempts to make sense of the present global economic shambles using Marx’s concepts. The subtext is an explanation of why both neo-liberalism and Keynsianism are unable to explain why capitalism is in crisis. He writes is a very accessible style and as you would expect of an economist there are plenty of graphs to illustrate what is going on. You can get email notifications of his posts.

  43. Glossary of Marxist terminology at:

  44. I can’t buy it. I’m too stingy. But I am willing to trade you some tropical fish for it. Your son would love them. My kids do. I have loads of guppies, all different colours. And also have the rare endler guppies. You wont be able to find them in the shops. I can also give you some fish tank plants.

    How many do you want for a book?
    You’d be getting a good deal!

  45. Arsalan that would leave you with a depleted aquarium.

  46. Nahh if you look after them right they reproduce loads.
    But anyway, in fish shops they go for a between £1.50-3.00 each. So he’d get a good deal if I give him 10. I could give him more if he wants, but no point cause I’d make sure I would give him some pregnant females and some plants for the babies to hide in so he’d have more pretty soon anyway.

  47. You know, I’m trying to work out what that title means? Probably something to do with contradictions of some sort? Well We have something like that here don’t we with the EDL? Zionist Nazis. They do demonstrations for Israel while they give Nazi salutes and shout kill the Jews.

    I think the maths test on here might be unfair of thick people? Or is it how craig got rid of the Zionists? Do you still get Zionist trol here since you put that on?

  48. If anyone has a copy of catholic Orangemen, that they have already read so no longer need. I can swap you for it. hmm lets see what I got. Fish and water plants, a clay mug with “happy birthday mum” written on it made by my daughter, or was it my son? Anyway, it is shit. Not glazed so you can’t really use it for anything. I got a high lighter pen in the shape of a syring. Nahh I got a whole bunch of high lighter pens. A mug, used with “total assist healthcare” written on it. It has still got some tea in it which you can have for free, if you reply to this quickly.

  49. Arsalan, you’re hilarious.
    I always think of you cooking fish. Not giving them away.
    Tell me, how do you recognise pregnant guppies?

    (I have Catholic Orangemen, but I don’t really want to part with it.)

  50. Same as a pregnant humans. Big bellies.

    Can you photo copy it for me?

  51. I don’t think so, Arsalan. It’s a hardback. Oh heck, I’ll send you a copy. But you’ll have to get your address to Craig somehow, so I can instruct him to send it there.
    Or ask Jon to send me your email address, or send you mine. Something like that.

  52. @Jon,

    Can you give my email address to Arsalan please?

  53. Got my copy today, luckily there was one left. Probably I’ll be late for university tomorrow. 😀

    Keep going on, Craig!

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