David Butterworth


David Butterworth was born in London and brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north-east of England. He attended the University of Northumbria where he graduated with a (BA Hons) in Historical and English Literary Studies. Unsure of his vocation, he completed the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course and left the United Kingdom to teach English. Since 2001 he has been teaching in Japan and now in China where he has been resident for several years.
As well as in Britain, he has hiked in Japan and traveled widely in China and in parts of South-East Asia. He enjoys swimming, jogging, reading, music and watching dated movies.
He has been writing short stories, travel essays, journals and intends to write some novels - suspense and one based on his working class upbringing in Northern England. He's currently working on one, a suspense novel concerning Richard III

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I can get into and which constitutes a 'good' read: novels, bios, short stories, travel narratives, something with some sort of message attached.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kobo touch screen and Calibre
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Where to find David Butterworth online


Protest At The Tower
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 84,190. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Joe Saunders, a literature and history enthusiast, is a man with a mission, but he is faced with a problem, how to determine the truth, the innocence of a wronged king. After delving into a minefield of compelling evidence about Richard III, Joe stumbles on an idea. He decides to stage a protest with a couple of sheets – right inside the Tower of London. But will he get thrown out?
Walking Coast To Coast: Adventures Along Wainwright's Trail Across Northern England
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until July 31!) Words: 58,920. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hiking
The Coast to Coast Walk between St Bees and Robin Hood's Bay is a classic in terms of scenery and heritage. Despite the route falling prey, in some respects, to convenience and complacency, David Butterworth re-captures an imagination of what this famous hike was designed to achieve - simplicity, meaning and independence

Smashwords book reviews by David Butterworth

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Jan. 18, 2015

    This book is great!! Without it, I'd still be looking at my manuscript wondering how the heck do I format it in the way the guide requires? And it's free!! If you're a first timer, it' best to go slow and with patience and not worry too much if your book gets accepted for distribution or not. You can always upload again. It's a bit like passing a driving test. Having tried some of the methods, I find that the 'find and replace facility' isn't entirely reliable, and it seems impossible not to use the ribbon buttons in the styles format box to centre titles or headings, etc, even though the book screams at you not to. I'm using Word 2003. More helpful information in the way of illustrations would be useful as is provided for Word 2007. Studying the book closely while formatting my manuscript has given me a headache - literally and physically - but it's been an invaluable source in helping me to learn a new skill.