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Welcome to the Northdown Publishing web site!


Northdown Publishing Ltd was formed in 1988 as a vehicle to market the work of author and journalist Michael Heatley. 2013 was our 25th anniversary of trading!

We have been putting into e-book format some of our out-of-print works on the music and entertainment world. Our first Kindle was 'Elvis Costello - The Early Years', followed by John Tobler's 'Guitar Greats'. Deke Leonard's 'The Twang Dynasty' is now also available on Kindle and we have our first venture into fiction with 'The Clown's Handbag' by the late Julian Heatley. The next Kindle version in progress is Dave Hill's history of Lindisfarne - 'Fog On The Tyne'.

Northdown curently has four main lines of work:

- we are the publishers for Deke Leonard's three books about life in the rock'n'roll business. We are presently eagerly awaiting delivery of book number 4!

- we are the leaders in producing specialist sleeve notes for re-issued rock, rock'n'roll, blues, jazz and other popular music genres for a portfolio of record labels

- we author, co-ordinate and edit  books for other publishers, mainly on music, sport and entertainment

- Michael is a regular contributor to music magazines Guitar and Bass, Vintage Rock and Record Collector


 Content Copyright Northdown Publishing 2014

 New e Book
An excerpt from The Twang Dynasty, Deke Leonard's third book, 'Land Of My Fathers - Welsh Guitarists' is now available for Kindle with a new foreword by Deke. A taster to Deke's writing for Kindle users interested in Welsh Guitarists!

Click here to order this ebook!

Click here to go to our paper book ordering page!


Click on the image below to find out more from Amazon Kindle Store.



Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics NOW available for Kindle!

Deke Leonard's latest book - PRINT VERSION!

Previously unreleased 1970s single by Deke Leonard, now available as digital single.


Click the image to buy this MP3 now from CD Baby - only $1.15

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Michael contributed a review of the press comments to the Fulham FC programme during the 2013-14 season! A labour of love for his favourite team which sadly did not prevent relegation.