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April 2015 Newsletter

Here is the official Newsletter for April 2015. You can also download this Newsletter as a PDF by clicking HERE


April, 2015


Here is the PR for my latest book:


Martin Freeman Final Front Cover






ISBN: 978-1784183370

Charting the career of one of Britain's finest actors


Martin Freeman is one of Britain's best-loved actors. After being cast in bit parts and cameos – such as The Bill (his first onscreen role) and the beat-boxing Ricky C in Ali G Indahouse – he made his big break as Tim Canterbury in The Office. Freeman was later cast, among other roles, as the mundane character of Arthur Dent in the sci-fi movie adaption of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, and, labelled an 'everyday' bloke by journalists, began to run the risk of being stereotyped. However, in 2010 he completely turned his career around when he took on the role of Dr John Watson in the incredibly successful Sherlock. His biggest role followed as he portrayed Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit trilogy and, in recent years, Freeman has shown a dark edge to his thespian skills by portraying Richard III in the West End and Lester Nygaard in the critically acclaimed US drama series Fargo.

An intensely private man, Freeman is in a long-term relationship with the actress Amanda Abbington, whom he met on the set of the 2000 Channel 4 TV movie Men Only and who played his on-screen partner in Sherlock.

The Unexpected Adventures Of Martin Freeman explores the rise to fame of this unassuming actor, how he has successfully managed to avoid the pitfalls of stardom, and how he has become one of the greatest actors of his generation. It is a must-read for any fan.

Neil Daniels is the author of Matthew McConaughey – The Biography (also published by John Blake) as well as over a dozen books on rock and metal. He has contributed to many music magazines, fanzines and websites.


For information on how to buy this book go to

For more information, please contact Liz Mallet at John Blake Publishing; email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or


And in other news...


Powerplay issue 173 features two reviews of my books in the 'Casual Guide' series.

On my Rob Halford book:

"an interesting subject, as the path chosen by Halford and his musical output in between his Judas Priest commitments is a mysterious one to many fans, maybe aside from the JP hardcore."

Mike Ainscoe – Powerplay

On my Brian May book:

"Back To The Light does exactly what it says on the tin. Giving an affectionate overview of the man and his music..."

Andrew Hawnt – Powerplay

There's also a good review of my Pantera biog over at Eternal Terror:

"I certainly enjoyed reading it and found it well-researched and well-written. There were countless things about the band, especially in relation to the 80s, that I knew absolutely nothing about beforehand, so the first half of the book was a bit of a revelation to me and overall I found it both moving and informative."

J. Nepper – Eternal Terror (

I've been working on an updated version of my biography of the Surrey rock band You Me At Six. This will be published later in the year (towards Christmas) by John Blake Publishing.

I've also been busy with sleeve notes for BGO Records:

BGOCD 1193: IRON BUTTERFLY – Ball / Metamorphosis

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Best wishes

Neil Daniels

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