Alexander McNabb

Biography

Alexander McNabb has been working in, living in and travelling around the Middle East for over 25 years. Formerly a journalist, editor and magazine publisher, today he spends his time advising companies on their communications strategies, with a particular focus on digital and online communications.

Alexander is a frequent conference speaker, chair and moderator, particularly on issues around online and digital communications. He co-hosts a weekly radio show and is a frequent commentator on developments in the technology and online spheres. When he’s not writing books, he’s posting half-thoughts and snippets on his blog, Fake Plastic Souks, which he started in 2007 during the Arab Media Forum. The title refers to the ‘new’ souks of Dubai, so much more convenient and classy than the real ones.

Alexander’s first attempt at writing a book was in 2002, when he sat down to write high-tech comedy thriller Space. Although Space was to land on the ‘Editor’s Desk’ at Harper Collins peer review website Authonomy in October 2007, the book was not seen as a commercial proposition by agents, many of whom took the trouble to point out that humour doesn’t sell. Alexander rolled up his sleeves and wrote Olives, a serious work that explores the attitudes, perceptions and conflicts of the Middle East, exposing a European sensibility to the strange and multi-layered world of the Middle East.

This was followed by Beirut, a testosterone-soaked spy thriller, which is to be released in March 2012. He is currently working on a third Middle East based novel, Hartmoor. Although the three books are by no means a trilogy, they follow a roughly contiguous timeline and share many of the same characters.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I have somewhere, on a Toshiba T1600 (just showing my age there), a couple of pages about a former French resistance fighter called Rene The Horse who hung out at a cafe near the Pompidou Centre in Paris. He eventually made his way into my first book, spoof thriller 'Space'. I guess it was about ten years before that first brief attempt to write a book turned into an actual book - I started Space in early 2002 after I had given up smoking. There were a lot of smoking scenes in the first draft, but it was a better way to find something to do with my hands than the risk of causing blindness through relentless onanism. It was a 60-a-day habit, after all.

Having worked as a journalist, editor and publisher - and then as a communications guy - I had written millions of words, from articles and reviews through to speeches and white papers for CEOs and kings. I reckoned if I could make stuff up for people like that, I could make it up for people like you and me too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It's too embarrassing to revisit, thank you.
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Where to find Alexander McNabb online


Books

Fake Plastic Souks - The Fear Returns
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,490. Language: British English. Published: March 1, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
Alexander McNabb's Dubai based blog, Fake Plastic Souks, has charted an erratic little course over the years. Like a little pea green boat, it has bobbed on the waves of opulence and the stormy seas of the global financial crisis, throwing inane commentary and half-thoughts out to the benefit of a tiny audience. This irrelevant collection contains the second two years of Fake Plastic Souks...
Shemlan - A Deadly Tragedy
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,450. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Jason Hartmoor is dying of cancer. But will his past kill him first?
Fake Plastic Souks - The Glory Years
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,680. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
Alexander McNabb's Dubai based blog, Fake Plastic Souks, has charted an erratic little course over the years. Like a little pea green boat, it has bobbed on the waves of opulence and the stormy seas of the global financial crisis, throwing inane commentary and half-thoughts out to the benefit of a tiny audience. This wholly irrelevant collection contains the first two years of Fake Plastic Souks!
Beirut - An Explosive Thriller
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,840. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Michel Freij is poised to become the next president of Lebanon. European intelligence discovers he has bought two ageing Soviet nuclear warheads from a German arms dealer. Maverick British intelligence officer Gerald Lynch is pitched into a deadly clash with Freij and his violent militia as he pursues the warheads across the Mediterranean.
Olives - A Violent Romance
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,520. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Starting a new life in Jordan, Paul Stokes is drawn to colleague Aisha Dajani but is blackmailed into spying on her brother by British intelligence. Uncovering a daring bid to save Jordan’s failing water resources at Israel’s expense, Paul is sucked into betrayal as he tries to protect Aisha. The explosions shattering the fragile peace are tied to Paul's struggle to survive.

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