Cold Bath Street

Written by New York Times Bestselling author A.J. Hartley, this is his first book published by UCLan Publishing. Hartley’s literary collaboration with famous rock star Tom DeLonge (of Blink 182 fame) has rocketed him to international status and he now has a huge following of loyal fans, on and off-line.

He regularly tours with Tom at international conventions and engages directly with fans. He has won international acclaim for his novels winning many major awards including the SIBA Book Award (young adult) and the Kirkus Award for Best Teen Book.

Beautifully illustrated by Janet Pickering, winner of the 2018 Undiscovered Voices Award.

Launch Events held at London Book Fair, Foyles, Waterstones Preston and UCLan,  saw Cold Bath Street sell out of the first print in one week!


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What A.J Hartley has to say about UCLan Publishing and Cold Bath Street

‘Debbie approached me a couple of years ago about publishing a novel I had written which is set in Preston and immersed in its local folklore. One of the fortuitous accidents of the book was that much of it centered around the Miley Tunnel and land which is now part of or close to the university, so that the title we settled on, Cold Bath Street, fits both the subject matter of the story and the publisher, which may be a first!

I’ve been writing a long time. By the end of this year I will have published 19 novels and 7 academic books on Shakespeare, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. I tell you this because I want you to understand what I mean when I say that Cold Bath Street will be the most impeccably, meticulously prepared and aesthetically pleasing book I have ever been involved in. 

This is a testament to the staff and students involved in what has been a lengthy and painstaking process. As well as helping me craft the narrative and make sure everything was right at the sentence level, they were integrally involved in selecting and working with the artists who produced the cover and internal illustrations which are a sizeable part of what makes the book so special. I am not exaggerating when I say that the finished product compares favourably with, and in many ways exceeds, books produced by the biggest and best funded publishing houses in the world.

This is especially remarkable because so much of the work–logistical and editorial–has been done by students who have been learning ‘on the job’. Their effort, work ethic, attention to detail and pursuit of excellence throughout the process have been a model for the industry, and I am sure that the experience has been an invaluable step toward their future careers in the world of publishing. 

So this is a note of gratitude to you, them, and the school, and an appeal that you continue to help the program develop and expand in the years to come. UCLan Publishing is an extraordinary asset and I am grateful to have found a home there. Thank you!’

Andrew (A.J.) Hartley